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Why Application Awareness is Critical for SD-WAN

Everyone loves to talk about digital transformation in abstract terms. But when the digital-rubber meets the organizational-road, it is in its applications that things become real.

As a result, there has been significant transformation throughout the enterprise IT stack with everything from application development to the data center undergoing considerable change to support the changing nature of applications. But the one area that remained stubbornly static was the network.

Until, that is, the emergence of Software-defined Networking (SDN) and Wide-Area Networks (SD-WANs).

The idea of an SD-WAN, in particular, is enticing: mix together traditional network connections with inexpensive broadband and then dynamically and intelligently route traffic wherever it’s needed, across the least expensive link, all while maintaining network performance.

There’s only one problem: organizations don’t care about network performance — at least, not exactly. They only care about the applications running on top of that network. And that’s where most SD-WAN solutions go sideways: they’re focused on the network, not the application.

The Disconnect Between the Application and Packet Routing

While its status as the ‘next big thing’ may have initially drawn many networking professionals and IT executives to SD-WAN, it is not just a new coat of paint on an old technology. SD-WAN is a key part of the digital transformation story — but only if organizations approach it from the right perspective.

Read the full article here: https://www.sdwan.org/2017/11/13/application-awareness-critical-sd-wan/

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Jason Bloomberg is a leading IT industry analyst, Forbes contributor, keynote speaker, and globally recognized expert on multiple disruptive trends in enterprise technology and digital transformation. He is ranked #5 on Onalytica’s list of top Digital Transformation influencers for 2018 and #15 on Jax’s list of top DevOps influencers for 2017, the only person to appear on both lists.

As founder and president of Agile Digital Transformation analyst firm Intellyx, he advises, writes, and speaks on a diverse set of topics, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, devops, big data/analytics, cybersecurity, blockchain/bitcoin/cryptocurrency, no-code/low-code platforms and tools, organizational transformation, internet of things, enterprise architecture, SD-WAN/SDX, mainframes, hybrid IT, and legacy transformation, among other topics.

Mr. Bloomberg’s articles in Forbes are often viewed by more than 100,000 readers. During his career, he has published over 1,200 articles (over 200 for Forbes alone), spoken at over 400 conferences and webinars, and he has been quoted in the press and blogosphere over 2,000 times.

Mr. Bloomberg is the author or coauthor of four books: The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013), Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (Wiley, 2006), XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996). His next book, Agile Digital Transformation, is due within the next year.

At SOA-focused industry analyst firm ZapThink from 2001 to 2013, Mr. Bloomberg created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011.

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting), and several software and web development positions.