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Brief: The Public Internet Isn't Your WAN

Four Leading Indicators From The Cloud Giants Show Why They Don't Solely Rely On It, And Neither Should You

June 13, 2016

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Most digital transformation initiatives are doomed from the start. Why? The network platform won't be good enough to support them. Infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders have eschewed traditional wide-area network (WAN) options such as MPLS or ethernet in favor of all-internet strategies to control costs. Amazon, Facebook, Google, and other cloud juggernauts popularized this idea by delivering services over the internet. Take note: These same companies have made a 180-degree turn in their strategies regarding the importance of the network to their businesses and aren't using the internet as their only transport. Four indicators from cloud providers show that the business-grade network is core to the digital business and a hybrid network infrastructure is the best strategy.

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