Solving the challenges of globally distributed networks

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Note: This blog is the third in a series of three.

Tom and I were 4,000 miles apart, sitting on a conference call discussing the subject matter for this blog post. Same project, different continents. Tom rightly noted the parallel between our situation and that of many enterprises around the globe. An enterprise may have thousands of people working in scores of facilities spread around the country or around the world. I was in central California; he was in Ecuador. On a small level, we were experiencing the challenge of being united in purpose but divided by geography and national borders.

Every day there are businesses who need that “one network” to connect dozens or even hundreds of on-premises locations. Tom and I had a small taste of the kind of challenge that Barracuda CloudGen WAN and the Microsoft Global Network are designed to overcome. From a single pane of glass, we could see our global WAN infrastructure, add new locations, monitor existing locations, and scale our bandwidth needs.

One of the biggest issues with creating “one network” is how you deploy and manage it. The expectation of connecting people 4,000 miles away is there, but how does the IT team meet those expectations in the course of their everyday business? It is important to find ways to programmatically deploy solutions without interruption as well as get full visibility of global distribution. All of that is what CloudGen WAN was designed to solve.

How CloudGen WAN can help

As Tom and I have talked about over the past two blogs in this series, the CloudGen WAN solution is a lightweight, easy-to-install SD-WAN solution that uses the reliability of Microsoft as the back end for a global presence. Simply ship the box or install the virtual instance, and the installation can be configured with zero-touch provisioning. From there, as you connect to the Microsoft Global Network, you skip the added IX hops and latency caused by going from carrier to carrier, bouncing a packet without shaping across 4,000 miles. All of this can be monitored and controlled through a centralized platform. Vandis can assist and even manage this as they do with their global managed service clients.

While the advantages of connecting between two continents using this solution are apparent, you can still see similar advantages across the United States. In the end, visibility and simplicity are the main focus as this solution adds performance to your modern workplace.

For more on this topic, join Tom Ricardo, Nikhil Bedi, and Gemma Allen in this free on-demand webinar on how you can leverage the Microsoft Global Network and Barracuda CloudGen WAN.

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