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Prayson Pate Joins MEF17 Panel to Debate the Rise of SD-WAN

Leading Vendors to Discuss Managed Offerings, the Future of Hardware in SD-WAN, Avoiding Vendor Lock-in and More

  • Panel: Prayson Pate, CTO, Ensemble Division, ADVA Optical Networking; Roopa Honnachari, industry director, business communications services & cloud computing, ICT, Frost & Sullivan (moderator); Jonathan Forest, VP, enterprise products and markets, InfoVista; Nav Chander, senior director, service provider marketing, Silver Peak; speaker to be announced, Aryaka
  • Topics: The Meteoric Rise of SD-WAN: Vendor Perspectives
  • When: Tuesday, November 14, 4:30 p.m. 
  • Where: MEF17, Loews Sapphire Falls, Orlando, Florida, USA

Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) offers enterprise users a way to implement virtual private networks more efficiently using low-cost broadband connections. But being your own network operator brings a lot of unwanted complexity. That’s why service providers are now delivering managed SD-WAN offerings for all of the benefits without the additional headaches.

In this panel discussion, leading vendors will debate whether managed SD-WAN tied to a range of dynamic and virtualized services could become the dominant model. Other relevant areas of discussion include the role of hardware in SD-WAN, the movement away from closed appliances, the importance of universal customer premises equipment and what to consider when implementing SD-WAN architectures.