Implementing & Managing SD-WAN


Phil Edholm (President & Founder, PKE Consulting)


Nabil Bitar (CTO for the Large Enterprise & Webscale Segment at Nokia & Nuage Networks, Nokia)

Damon Ennis (Senior Vice President, Products, Silver Peak)

Parag Thakore (Sr. Director Product Management, VeloCloud by VMware)

Location: Osceola A

Date: Monday, March 12

Time: 8:00am - 8:45am

Pass type: Entire Event - Get your pass now!

Track: Systems Management & Network Design

Hot Topic: SD-WAN

Vault Recording: TBD

SD-WAN technology could save you big money—but only if you do it right. This session will help you avoid the pitfalls and deploy SD-WAN successfully.

Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) technology promises wide area connectivity at a fraction of the cost of traditional carrier services like MPLS, by using multiple lower-cost circuits in place of higher-cost lines. So how do you take advantage of the cost savings without compromising network quality? This session will help you understand all facets of SD-WAN technology: How it works; what CPE is required; what types of network connections may be used; how to choose among the different options; and what kinds of tools and methods are available to manage and troubleshoot an SD-WAN network once it’s up and running. You’ll gain specific, detailed knowledge of SD-WAN technology and the role you and your teams must play in making the right technology decisions to ensure it delivers on the promise.


* What types of wide area connections can be employed in an SD-WAN system?

* What CPE is used in SD-WAN, and how does it function?

* What are the most common technology concerns that SD-WAN will raise for your enterprise, and how do you head these off before going live with a deployment?

* What are the make-vs.-buy tradeoffs with SD-WAN? Can you hand the whole thing off to a service provider—or will you necessarily have to take on some role in ongoing management?

* Where is SD-WAN technology headed? Are there types of access that aren’t practical today but will be soon? Are management tools still maturing?