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dlr5288
dlr5288
6/30/2016 11:53:33 PM
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Re: SD-WAN Ring
Good points. It does take companies time to get used to new changes and advancements. However, when taught properly and thoroughly I'm sure they can get the project started!

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
6/29/2016 11:12:55 PM
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Re: Scale challenges?
Adi,

I think it takes two to make an "up against."  Technically the kid selling lemonade on the corner is "up against" Coca Cola, but realistically Coca-Cola doesn't perceive him as a threat (rightly so!).  Paramount let all kinds of Star Trek fan stuff float around without interfering because they figured they were the ones with the actual set models and actors; it was only when changing technology and fan skills became a real threat to take some of the audience that they started cracking down.

At a guess, CenturyLink is not really on any of the traditional telco giants' radar yet. By the time they are, it may or may not be too late. Interesting times!

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elizabethv
elizabethv
6/29/2016 11:08:25 PM
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Re: SD-WAN Ring
@freehe - My biggest concern with trying a 90-day proof of concept would be the possibility of losing the package I currently have with ComCast. It sounds great in theory, and I really do love the idea of giving ComCast the boot, but it would worry me that if it didn't pan out, I couldn't return to the same package I have, and end up paying more for the same service I already have. Even if the 90-day trial were free, I'd still lose out in the end. I guess it would depend on the whole package that was offered. 

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freehe
freehe
6/28/2016 11:18:48 PM
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SD-WAN Ring
It takes some companies a while to catch on to new technologies such as SD-WAN.

A free 90 day proof-of-concept offering is a great incentive and lower risk.

 

"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 is great for companies because it helps improve their security since many companies are not proactive about security measures. Many employees create, read or modify sensitive data on mobile devices that are not company issues or lose company issued devices which creates a huge security risk. Using SD-WAN will allow companies to create, read or modify sensitive data in real-time online without feeling the need to use a portable device or standalone device to access data.

 

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elizabethv
elizabethv
6/27/2016 9:35:30 AM
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Re: Worth it.
afwriter - I completely agree. It sounds like CenturyLink is upping their speed and quality game. Which would be nice to hear. Since almost everywhere I've lived, your real choices for internet are Cox or ComCast and CenturyLink. And in both places, I've hated Cox and ComCast. Enough to leave Cox, and I'm unfortunately still with ComCast, though I'd love for it to be plausible enough for me to make a switch. Being cord-cutters we definitely need service with speed, which CenturyLink, in the past, can deliver at times, but at other times they are sorely lacking. Hopefully the change will be good. 

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
6/26/2016 7:23:25 PM
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Re: Worth it.
afwriter,

One great agent or change of culture? Cultural change in consumer service, in my experience, starts with hiring some new reps who are not part of an old undesirable culture, and then favoring them till the old, obnoxious culture mostly storms out in a huff. So the real question is, "IS IT BOTH?"  Because if it's not, it'll all fall apart again as soon as that one summer intern goes home!

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
6/26/2016 7:20:46 PM
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Re: Worth it.
afwriter,

I have to agree. The ability to set policies for what should move where with what priorities is not only something many business IT departments have wanted for a long time, it's also something that will turn out to have a tremendous number of as-yet-unthought-of applications. (E.g. identifying cheap, underused, "slow boat" channels and putting transmissions that are rarely opened within the first few hours into them; conversely, putting high-security need-it-yesterday material into double channels or more asynchronously, so that it goes through very fast and just about unbreakably).  Worth every penny and then some.

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clrmoney
clrmoney
6/23/2016 10:40:27 AM
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Century Link Branching Off
Century Link can offer a lot of data usage etc. to SW WAN so I think this is great in a way.

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Mike Robuck
Mike Robuck
6/23/2016 10:31:44 AM
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Re: Scale challenges?
SD-WAN is supposed to be easy to scale. Barrett also said it's something that good scale across the nation or even globally since the director and controller infrastructure don't have to be local. And it doesn't seem as though cable operators have gotten on the SD-WAN bandwagon yet. Verizon is partnering with several SD-WAN vendors; CenturyLink sounds like it may add a few more as well. 

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faryl
faryl
6/23/2016 4:31:48 AM
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Re: This is probably a real entry wedge
The free 90 day proof-of-concept offering makes it a lower risk implementation as well.

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