Enterprises need to restructure their WAN vs. traditional backhauling
Data explosion is driving WAN evolution
People centric. Location independent. And always resilient. Networks need to deliver on
Demands on networks today are greater than ever before. Users are connecting from any
location and accessing data and apps outside the WAN perimeter, using multiple
devices – expecting even more bandwidth and higher performance as a result.
But cumbersome traditional networks can’t keep up. They were born before the digital
transformation age, when applications sat exclusively behind firewalls each with
dedicated devices – and when
only branch-to-data center and branch-to-branch traffic facilitation was needed.
They also can’t meet the modern security demands of distributed and cloud-based
apps. The evolution? A new, hybrid WAN has emerged with the flex
and scalability to solve these complex challenges.
SD-WAN leverages this hybrid WAN connectivity – but combines it powerfully with
centralized, application-based policy controls. It provides intelligent analytics
for total app and network visibility, all underpinned with robust security: meaning
secure software overlay, next-gen firewall, and zero-trust, client-based services
Keeping up with the seismic shift across branch networks
Nowadays, enterprises demand flexible and cost-effective connectivity to apps in the
cloud. They want the bandwidth to match their ever-increasing capacity needs – but don’t
want to compromise on security or the QoS parameters they expected from traditional
architecture. Above all, they want a network that will drive – not derail – their
Cue Lumen SD-WAN with VMware. Taking an internet-oriented approach, it
seamlessly – and
securely – connects an enterprise’s entire network ecosystem, from branch sites to
remote workers, the public internet and business-critical apps.
It allows intelligent use of ISP connections, consolidating network operations into a
single, powerful platform, while also enabling access to cost-effective broadband when
private connectivity is not needed. Enjoy comprehensive security across multiple touchpoints,
from SaaS apps to corporate systems, with a consistent network overview.
Finally, SD-WAN delivers
the ability to launch new sites quickly and efficiently through centralized provisioning
and automation – meaning agility to meet new demands.
Gain the speed, performance and bandwidth of a truly modern network
As more business-critical apps move to the cloud, the drawbacks of traditional WAN
architecture are becoming more apparent. Backhauling traffic to a centralized core is no
longer efficient or cost-effective, nor can it deliver the flex and scalability that
make an enterprise fully digital.
Lumen SD-WAN with VMware allows enterprises to route traffic across a
mixture of connections, based on real-time availability and performance needs. It also
has the high-performance capabilities to connect branches, data centers and clouds — giving enterprises the choice of optimizing traffic flows between
cloud apps, while bandwidth can be adapted to ever-changing business requirements.
What’s more, VMware network edge services with support from Lumen allow enterprises to
deploy virtual networks in
minutes, so they can expand their global presence, enhance app performance and create a
secure hybrid multicloud infrastructure at a reasonable cost. Disaster recovery is
built in, too – providing seamless business continuity.
As cloud computing becomes core infrastructure in the digital enterprise serving a
distributed, remote workforce, cloud-ready networks must be flexible, fast, scalable and
secure. But growing public cloud adoption brings increased
threats due to access via the internet, and traditional network infrastructures simply
can’t cut it. Complex configurations, high costs and low performance is unacceptable for
today’s changing WAN requirements – and critical security concerns.
Lumen SD-WAN with VMware enables IT teams to leverage Cloud
Security as a
Service, selectively directing traffic to the appropriate cloud security service while
delivering embedded protection like firewalls, secure web gateways, VPNs and user
What’s more, users can automatically connect to cloud services via the best path available, with
policy-defined traffic automatically routed based on business needs, security
requirements and network performance. Which means enterprises can securely embrace the
cloud – and deliver an exceptional experience to end users.
Keeping control with secure performance in the distributed enterprise
In the wake of COVID-19, enterprise architecture was forced to pivot – almost overnight.
Now, increased SaaS adoption for business applications in the distributed enterprise is
disrupting traditional WAN connectivity. Making way for a flexible network
that draws on the right connectivity, to the right applications, all to deliver the
right end-user experience. And it’s SD-WAN that is increasingly leveraged to provide
dynamic connectivity optimization and path selection in a policy-driven, centrally
manageable, distributed network architecture.
Lumen SD-WAN with VMware uses dynamic multi-path optimization to
network reliability that maximizes application performance and productivity.
Intelligent, application-aware routing enhances the end-user experience, leveraging the
best available connectivity type to optimize performance, minimize latency and maximize redundancy.
While the seamless integration of connectivity types, from cloud to edge, enables
customers to spin up new sites and optimize unutilized bandwidth to drive greater agility,
flexibility and cost-efficiency.
Rearchitect the network for next-gen technology and next-level experiences
Advances in computing power, AI, IoT and machine learning are unleashing unprecedented
opportunities for growth, enabling enterprises to innovate new customer experiences on
demand at the edge. The network has become business-critical like never before to
deliver ultra-low latency and rapid access to data from cloud to edge – but current
network, cloud and IT architectures can’t keep up.
Enterprises must shed these clunky, costly and unsecure legacy systems and move to a
platform that’s designed to support the intense performance today’s next-gen
applications and technologies demand.
The solution is software defined networking, and Lumen SD-WAN with VMware offers a rock-solid foundation upon which organizations’ applications and workloads can
operate at the edge. Operating from cloud to edge, we enable customers
to rearchitect their infrastructure to meet their changing customer demands, support
emerging applications and technologies and react to evolving market dynamics.
Gain critical visibility and reporting into network, performance,
cost and analytics through a single interface.
Leverage self-service capabilities to spin up new sites, increase
bandwidth allocation and more.
Simplify and strengthen security edge-to-edge, particularly for
remote/branch locations and those with direct Internet access, with centralized,
single-pane management and policy control.
Resolve issues fast with automation and built-in analysis, powered
USE CASE 6
Simplified WAN & operations
Streamline WAN management to enable greater agility, visibility and control
Managing network traffic across a hybrid network can be complex – with performance and
security requirements varying by application, user group and location. With network
transformation driving the agenda, enterprises must move to simplify WAN management to
deliver the agility, visibility and control they need.
And that’s where the Lumen SD-WAN with VMware solution comes in. Offered in a
co-managed and fully managed model, with a
GUI-based, self-service central console, organizations can implement and manage routing
policies, set traffic
thresholds, manage access and align security controls as the organizational needs
demand. Over the
entire network, across all managed devices, all at once – and at much greater speed and
consistency than configuring individual devices via a command line interface.
Powered by an intelligent, automated platform – with centralized visibility and control –
enterprises can both simplify their WAN operations and accelerate their network
Gain the digital transformation partner with an edge
Partnering with Lumen, utilizing SD-WAN with VMware is the smart choice: you
gain a secure
and scalable network, managed by an award-winning team – and one of the world’s first
SD-WAN solution provider – with deep network expertise.
With a full portfolio of managed services, covering network, security and cloud,
Lumen takes the complexity out of your SD-WAN operations to provide a powerful,
high-performing network for your organization, carefully considering all aspects to fit
your needs – from site design and policy administration to seamless migration.
We take a holistic approach, offering flexible service models so you can choose the
management mix that best suits you. Plus, you can combine your SD-WAN solution with our
global, Tier-1, high-bandwidth fiber network including direct cloud interconnection
services. Every solution comes with a self-service portal, comprehensive SLAs and consolidated billing – so your network
transformation is as straightforward as it is impactful.