Sponsor: Riverbed

Simple AWS Networking with Application Defined SD-WAN

The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud is a proven route to help organizations achieve rapid scalability, reduced time-to-market, and cost-effectiveness in their IT infrastructure. These benefits are delivered, in part, by automation, greater ease-of-use, and simplified management.

Many are challenged, however, with legacy network infrastructure and management solutions, as the complexity of managing dynamic workloads, as well as inconsistency in performance and security, can impair many of the benefits AWS provides. SD-WAN helps organizations overcome this challenge by providing automation and simplified management for cloud networking. This whitepaper looks at how Riverbed SD-WAN can help organizations improve performance, agility, and security in their cloud-centric network.

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Cloud Networks Made Simple with Riverbed on AWS

AWS makes it simple to set up cloud-based resources. But do you have secure, high-capacity, high-performance connectivity to and between AWS cloud instances? That’s where Riverbed comes in. Riverbed’s SD-WAN solution enables cloud migration and performance, all managed via quick and simple workflows.

Watch the on-demand replay of the webinar to experience a fundamentally new approach to networking, with real users sharing their experience in addition to a joint customer, OpenEye, that has saved time and money by utilizing this approach to cloud networking. OpenEye Scientific Software leveraged Riverbed SteelConnect to very quickly and easily establish secure connections to and between AWS VPCs, saving hours of network administration time.

AWS Speaker: Nick Matthews, Partner Solutions Architect

Riverbed Technology Speaker: Angelo Comazzetto, Technical Director of Cloud

Customer Speaker: Craig Bruce, Scientific Software Development Manager, OpenEye Scientific

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Digital Business and Cloud Demand New WAN Architectures

Today’s WANs (wide area networks) represent up to 25% of support costs for a typical end-user environment—yet fail to deliver the application performance and business agility required of digital business. The emergence of software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) solutions is changing all that.

Read this Gartner paper to explore how:

  • SD-WAN provides the foundation for digital business by automating manual tasks involved in configuring current networks
  • To align WAN strategy and architecture with business and application requirements
  • To create a strategy team from a broad range of disciplines to map out the new WAN architecture and successfully execute it

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NetOps 2.0: Embrace Network Automation and Analytics to Stay Relevant in the Digital Business Era

Today, less than 5% of network operations teams are sufficiently skilled to realize the value possible from network analytics and automation solutions. This will improve over the next three years, but not much—by 2020, only 30% of network operations teams will be able to fully realize the benefits of these tools.

Read this Gartner paper to explore how to achieve greater network agility and reduce complexity by:

  • Building or retraining NetOps teams to embrace a process-driven culture
  • Applying network automation technologies
  • Translating business impact into network automation requirements
  • Translating network configuration changes to intent-based policy

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Digital Businesses Need to Rethink Their Network Strategies ZK Research White Paper

The network plays a fundamental role in enabling the shift to digital. But it simply cannot fulfill this function while it is hardware-bound and hard-coded.

The network must become cloudlike to enable delivery of dynamic, rich digital services quickly and easily. This means shifting away from old approaches that require configuration of individual boxes to an approach that is software-defined, based on policy and orchestration. It’s time for SD-WAN.

Read this ZK Research white paper to:

  • Understand the challenge with traditional networks
  • Chart a path to SD-WAN
  • Learn what to look for in SD-WAN vendors

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Get More from Azure from Riverbed

How good is your visibility into app performance on Azure? Nearly two-thirds (64%) of organizations use a fragmented approach to technology monitoring. As a result, this fragmented visibility causes IT teams to spend as much as half their time firefighting performance problems – instead of innovating for the benefit of the business. Join the webinar to learn current best practices for gaining clear visibility into cloud performance.

This webinar will address these questions:

  • Are your end users happy with their SaaS app performance ?
  • Do you have the right toolset for monitoring performance of cloud-based apps?
  • What are the best practices to mitigate performance issues from the cloud?
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Accelerate Office 365 Performance & Enhance Visibility

Do you need to accelerate Office 365 performance? Astonishingly, IT teams learn about more than 60% of performance issues from end-users. This is because performance visibility is so thoroughly compromised by the growing complexity involved in delivering cloud apps over multiple networks to ever-growing numbers of end users. This webinar explores the complexity of cloud delivery and best practices for optimizing application performance and, ultimately, end user experience.

Learn how to:

  • Reduce latency issues for SaaS apps
  • Accelerate and secure corporate data over the Internet
  • Decrease bandwidth use by up to 97%
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Gartner Network Design Best Practices for Office 365

Many organizations transitioning from on-premises Microsoft applications to Office 365 will experience performance problems due to geographic factors and use of the Internet for connectivity. IT can minimize performance issues and deliver an acceptable experience to end users by paying careful attention to network design. Read this research note to learn:

  • How the Office 365 Region you choose can affect performance
  • What tools are available to model and monitor performance
  • What options you have for network connectivity and how they compare
  • How WAN optimization can be used to improve application performance.
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15 Keys for Ensuring a Successful Windows 10 Migration

Whenever you are planning to migrate to Windows 10, there are unique opportunities to optimize IT service support during your migration. This guide shows how to use SteelCentral Aternity End User Experience Monitoring in a best practice continuous improvement process to ensure success. In it, you’ll learn how to:

  • Discover every local, cloud, or mobile app actually in use in your enterprise, to fight “Shadow IT” and migrate only the apps that matter
  • Ensure end user experience on Windows 10 devices is as good or better as that on earlier OS versions, so you can migrate with confidence
  • Proactively monitor applications as they render on the screens of any physical, virtual, or mobile device used in your enterprise, to assure the seamless user experience promised by Windows 10
  • Cost justify your Windows 10 upgrade by analyzing the impact of slow application performance in terms of lost productivity 
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Practical Tips to Find and Fix Common App Performance Problems

Performance issues today are compounded by increasingly complex infrastructures that IT teams must contend with when delivering applications. As a result detecting and fixing performance problems is hard. Sluggish end-user transactions may present themselves as being slow due to the code. However, that slowness is often not the root cause, but rather a symptom of an underlying infrastructural issue hidden from view.

Examine common, yet elusive application performance problems that reveal themselves only when you look at them from the right vantage point.

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Optimizing the Software-Defined Wide Area Network

In an era of business that demands unrivaled agility, most organizations are stuck on networks that are still hardware-bound, router-heavy, and hard-coded. Fortunately, the software-defined movement is ushering in a whole new way to manage enterprise WANs. Read this white paper from CIO.com and Riverbed to explore the business drivers behind SD-WAN. See what benefits SD-WAN can deliver your organization, and gain some insights into overcoming the potential obstacles of adopting an SD-WAN to unlock its full potential.
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IDC – SD-WAN – Guidance on WAN Transformation

Digital transformation on the 3rd Platform continues to present unprecedented opportunities and challenges for enterprise networks and the IT professionals who operate them. Indeed, the requirements associated with cloud computing have already reverberated through datacenter networking, with software-defined networking (SDN) arising as an architectural approach that provided the network with the agility and responsiveness that it lacked previously but has come to require. Now, the focus is turning to how the WAN must change to accommodate the requirements of cloud applications and services. Fortunately, technologies such as hybrid WAN and software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) are coming to the rescue, giving enterprise IT the means to allow the WAN to meet these challenges directly.
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