About Mike Frane

VP Product Management at Windstream 4 Posts in the past 7 months

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Mike Frane is VP Product Management at Windstream, leading the company's SD-WAN strategy. Since joining the organization in 2008, he's overseen the launch and lifecycle of products including LTE wireless, Ethernet and MPLS IPsec access elements, Secure WiFi & Analytics, Application Performance Optimization, IPsec VPN and Unified Communications services. Prior to their merge with Windstream, Mike and his team launched EarthLink's SD-WAN service, which was the company's most significant product introduction in over a decade. Mike holds a bachelor's degree in Genetics and Cellular Biology from the University of Minnesota, and he was involved in gene therapy research at the Institute of Human Genetics before entering the telecommunications industry as a business analyst for an investment firm based in the Pacific Northwest.

Blog Posts by Mike Frane

SD-WAN DIY vs Third-Party Service Provider: Lessons from the Field


Enabling Modern Digital Business Ecosystems with SD-WAN

Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) is rapidly replacing traditional WAN in enterprise networking, for good reason – including greatly reduced service costs and downtime, plus improved network security and flexibility. The question for most organizations isn’t whether to make the transition, but how to realize maximum benefit.

VMware vies for VeloCloud: Why Windstream and Our Customers Win


It's happened again, and we aren't surprised. VMware®, a global provider of cloud network and security services, announced they are deepening their network portfolio by acquiring VeloCloud™, a leading SD-WAN technology platform and Windstream's partner in that space. It’s another example of how the accelerated rate of cloud adoption is pushing providers to significantly up their game to meet customer demand for more, better, faster solutions to enable their success.

How SD-WAN Can Take on Branch Office Security Challenges


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.

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