In my prior post, I described 2017 as the year SD-WAN caught fire and discussed trends that should propel SD-WAN squarely into the mainstream in 2018. Look for this trend to be on full display at SD-WAN Expo, Feb. 14-16 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, pictured above (part of the broader ITEXPO) – the leading event “to connect, learn about and discuss how this market is growing, how it is evolving.”
As the SD-WAN space is still rapidly evolving, its proponents (including me) tend to be mostly forward-focused, and new developments afoot are indeed exciting. But it’s important to remember the value SD-WAN already delivers today. We’re way past the early stage of emerging technology.
As scores of forward-thinking enterprises that have made the transition can attest, SD-WAN already rocks. Here are three of the core advantages that nobody has to wait on:
Now, back to the future
While SD-WAN is already terrific, developers are hard at work building on its core advantages with impressive breakthroughs – which I very much look forward to seeing at SD-WAN Expo.
While checking out breakthroughs for yourself, be sure to attend the SD-WAN Expo / ITEXPO Keynote Presentation by Layne Levine, president of Windstream’s Cloud and Connectivity division, Thurs. Feb. 15 at 9:30am, as well as a separate presentation by Windstream CMO Joseph Harding kicking off the IDEA Showcase later that day at 4:25pm.
I will also be speaking on a panel at 1:00pm on Thursday, 2/15, “Painting the Perfect Network with SD-WAN,” with industry colleagues from AireSpring and MegaPath. We would of course love to have a room full of attendees, and hope to see you there.
Finally, please make note to visit Windstream at booth #208. We have something really big coming with our own SD-WAN solution that we’ll reveal there. It’s tempting to say more about it here, but I mustn’t get ahead of myself. Circle back to us at SD-WAN Expo for the rest of the story!
Mike Frane is VP Product Management at Windstream, leading the company's SD-WAN strategy. Since joining the organization in 2008, he's overseen the launch and lifecycle of products including LTE wireless, Ethernet and MPLS IPsec access elements, Secure WiFi & Analytics, Application Performance Optimization, IPsec VPN and Unified Communications services. Prior to their merge with Windstream, Mike and his team launched EarthLink's SD-WAN service, which was the company's most significant product introduction in over a decade. Mike holds a bachelor's degree in Genetics and Cellular Biology from the University of Minnesota, and he was involved in gene therapy research at the Institute of Human Genetics before entering the telecommunications industry as a business analyst for an investment firm based in the Pacific Northwest.