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Adi
Adi
6/23/2016 12:44:18 AM
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Scale challenges?
CenturyLink is a sizeable player by any standards, but do they face challenges going up against the VZ/ATT scale players in the enterprise segment? It sounds like they are comparatively early to this market, and already up against VZ.

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afwriter
afwriter
6/22/2016 11:35:25 PM
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Worth it.
"SD-WAN can also pick between wireless, broadband or private networks based on what is needed for each connection. For example, sensitive corporate material can be sent over a secure, private network while less important info can travel on a public broadband connection." 


This sentence alone makes the whole idea worth it to me.  No matter what the upfront costs this will ultimately save money for century link and the companies it provides for. 

On a side note, I have been know to disparage Century Link's customer service, but my latest experience made me see them in a slighltly better light.  One great rep or a company changing its tune?

 

 

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
6/22/2016 10:14:26 PM
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This is probably a real entry wedge
Even if it works very badly and delivers only a small fraction of its promised benefits, the savings to business -- and the fact that very little commitment is really required, so if it doesn't work it's going to be easy to scrap and replace -- will probably generate a lot of early adoption.  After which, depending on how well it all really works in the real world, there will either be a lot of people saying "This is how everything should work" or a lot of people saying "Let's make something like this, but good."  Either way, I'm willing to bet on rapid early adoption, and if it actually does what CenturyLink says it will, sustained development afterward. (And if not, well, lots of once-big companies failed to cross some technological line and are now quaint bits of history).

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