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Leaving the Traditional Network WANosaurus Behind with SD-WAN

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Let's get this straight. There's a reason dinosaurs are extinct. Scientists don't all agree why, but the fact remains; they ruled for a long time, and now they're gone. IT people can relate to this, since tech works in a similar, but more accelerated, cyclical fashion. In fact, it's happening now in enterprise networking, with SD-WAN. After a 15 year hiatus, during which MPLS ruled the Earth, a new cycle of network innovation is dawning. The days of the traditional WANosaurus – networks designed for a different kind of enterprise computing environment – are numbered. The era of agile, reliable, cost effective SD-WAN is here.

Intro to UCaaS: Creating engaging experiences in the digital workplace

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UCaaS is going mainstream. Like its older IP cousin VoIP, Unified Communications as a Service moved quickly from arcane acronym used by network engineers to become a term forward thinking line of business decision makers might be familiar with. Something that the latter group may not know are the benefits of moving to UCaaS; not simply from a cost perspective, but the impact on creating a great experience for your customers.

Judging Us By The Company We Keep

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There is an old expression that you are often judged by the company you keep. And we embrace that philosophy because we partner with some of the most innovative, recognized and respected companies in the industry. That includes companies like VeloCloud, Mimecast, Broadview Networks and Mitel. Together, we are able to deliver some of the industry's highest—quality services—reliably and cost effectively – to enterprise customers.

SD-WAN vs. SDN: The Differences are in the Details

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Over the past 12 months the buzz around SD-WAN has exploded. It's becoming to networking what the Cloud has become to infrastructure and applications. Yet, while the concept of a Software Defined WAN is generally understood, it's often confused with its technology parent, Software Defined Networking (SDN). So I thought it was about time someone explained the difference. 

How SD-WAN Can Take on Branch Office Security Challenges

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Prior to SD-WAN, multi-location enterprise networks needed to rely solely on local protection at the branch office level from a data security perspective. This typically meant point security appliances at the network boundary in the branch office, which combine functionality including firewalls and unified threat management for local use (content filters, data loss protection, data encryption services, etc.). Moving to SD-WAN introduces new options for taking on typical multi-office network security challenges. Following is a summary of those challenges, and an explanation of how SD-WAN, along with other security solutions, can help mitigate them.

Helping Knoxville Businesses with an Expanded Metro Fiber Network

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Windstream’s fiber and fixed wireless investment enables more local data centers and commercial buildings to connect to our high-speed, highly-available, nationwide fiber network.  This is great news for local businesses that rely on connectivity and service to run their business with sound performance, improved productivity and lower operational costs.

5 Ways We’re Transforming to Support Your Business "One by One"

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Windstream is transforming, and is committed to delivering a "best-in-class customer experience through our network and our people." We want your experience with us to be that of a partner who imagines, builds and supports next-generation solutions that scale with your business-and your ambition. We want to be a partner who is accountable to you, responsive to your needs and an advocate for your business.

SD-WAN: Pathway to Digital Transformation for Branch Office Networks

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In the era of digital transformation, branch office networks play an unprecedented role in delivering business value. Digital transformation refers to the disruption and evolution of business models and processes through new technologies leveraging cloud, mobility, social media and the Internet of Things. Many digital transformation initiatives are centered around cloud-based business applications...