A Software-Defined Networking Approach to Branch Office Routing

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by Nick Lippis

Cloud and mobile computing deployment has accelerated at a fantastic pace over the last five years, changing the economics of where computing and storage are located, how applications are written and accessed, and most importantly, how corporate computing automates business processes. The pace of change in cloud and mobile computing has been much faster than the evolution of wide area networking, which is now on the critical path to reaping the rewards of modern computing and its favorable business outcomes. Wide area networking, or in particular, the approach to branch office WAN design, is in need of an overhaul as its current form does not support cloud computing. This white paper provides design guidelines for the new WAN in the era of mobile and cloud computing via “cloud connectors.”

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