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Networking Unplugged

Perspectives on cloud networking and software-defined WANs

Posted December 05, 2013
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How Pertino is changing the old WAN game

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again—cloud and mobility is changing the wide area network (WAN) game. Employees today work outside the office just as much as they do inside—whether that’s at home, in cafes, or on the other side of the world—and they use smartphones and tablets just as much as laptops and desktops to access office-based servers. 

Pertino recognizes this change, and is leading the reinvention of the old way to WAN. Pertino’s networking platform is cloud-based, making it significantly easier and less expensive to network outside the office than the old school WAN solutions. Pertino is replacing the concept of WAN with an “everywhere LAN” that extends everywhere employees work, just as if they’re inside the office.

A recent article in InformationWeek speaks to how WAN and cloud are transforming to keep up with these changes. The author, Kurt Marko, points out that the cloud’s been known to transform IT practices – and that fact that it’s doing it now with networking is the next area of innovation.  

The article calls out several interesting findings from an InformationWeek 2014 Next-Generation WAN Survey. The survey found that 68% of respondents believe the demand for WAN bandwidth will increase in the coming years (compared to 34% from the year before), but only 15% are deploying new services now.

What’s the delay? Perhaps it’s because traditional WAN deployment is so dang complicated and expensive.

And that’s where Pertino’s simple cloud networking platform comes in. With Pertino, IT professionals can create new networks in minutes, thereby extending their LAN outside the office.  Marko states that, “the advantages [of Pertino] mirror those of other cloud services: quick, simple deployment; no hardware or other upfront purchases; automatic software updates; usage-based subscription pricing; and Internet ubiquity.”

The same survey found top two features of cloud-based WAN services to be low operational cost and low or no capital cost. With Pertino’s pay-per-device monthly subscription pricing model, low cost is a sure bet. According to this survey, several respondents declared that WAN cost is one of their biggest pains. 26% reported that they’ve delayed upgrading their WANs because of budget constraints.

Bringing WAN into the Cloud

Traditional, hardware-based WANs seem to have a bleak future as more businesses look to the cloud to replace their traditional WAN. Almost half of survey respondents are considering cloud-based alternatives for WAN, 25% are already using cloud-based enterprise WAN services, and another 37% are interested in learning more.

Marko summarizes his take concisely and poignantly:  “Money and convenience trump security and reliability every time, lip service notwithstanding. So let's start being honest with ourselves.”

What do you think about the future of WAN in the era of cloud and mobile?

Larry Stein

Larry Stein

Director, Marketing

This is Larry’s fifth startup over the past 15 years, during which he navigated two IPOs and two acquisitions. Before Pertino, Larry served tours of service with Ameritech and data communications training.

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