Discussing WAN Evolution with Mike Frane

In this video you'll learn:

  • How has the WAN evolved and where are we headed next (:12)
  • What software-defined networking means for the WAN (:42)
  • How Secure Access Service Edge (aka SASE) enters into the WAN equation (1:17)
  • What's next in the WAN evolution (1:48)


Read the transcript:

Discussing WAN Evolution with Mike Frane:Network technology has always evolved to keep pace with enterprise business. We asked Mike Frane, VP, Product Management at Windstream Enterprise

How has the WAN evolved and where are we headed next? 

00:12 Legacy networks laid the groundwork for where we are today. We started with very static networks, and Frame Relay in ATM and that got us to a really good point. As those evolved, we introduced MPLS or Multi protocol label switching that gave us more flexibility in the network to provide more access types and a more dynamic network. And in that environment, the security posture was very centralized as well. 

What did software-defined networking mean for the WAN? 

00:42 SDN changed the way that we thought about networking entirely. We separated the data plane from the control plane. And it gave us an agile, flexible, and scalable network, which really paved the way to SD-WAN. The demand for SD-WAN has really been catalyzed by enterprise move to the cloud. The previous networks were really designed to keep all the network traffic inside the network perimeter, but as enterprises have evolved and moved to SAAS or cloud providers for their applications, the network has had to evolve as well. 

How does Secure Access Service Edge (aka SASE) enter into the WAN equation? 

01:17 The promise of SASE is that we can use those same principles that we learned with SD-WAN where we have one policy that controls all the locations and apply that not only to the network but also to the security as well. So, now, rather than having disparate policies for your network, for security, for your remote access, you now have one policy that feeds into all those different systems to protect your network and optimize your applications. 

What's next in the WAN evolution? 

01:48 In the next three to five years, we expect over 50% of enterprises to adopt a SASE framework to their network. Windstream Enterprise is laser focused on building a seamless offering that combines SD-WAN efficiencies with a more flexible user-centric approach to remote workers and cloud applications. Our prediction is that the SASE framework will become the defacto security and network standard, for enterprise networks in the future.

02:19 To learn more, visit windstreamenterprise.com/sase

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