Considerations in Selecting the Right SD-WAN Solution - The role of service providers and future planning

Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm New York / 6:00 pm London
sponsored by
with participation from
Rik Turner, Principal Analyst, Infrastructure Solutions, Ovum

Atchison Frazer, WW Head of Marketing, Versa Networks

Enterprises are being challenged by new business demands to build agile network platforms that can support digital operations and processes. The challenge for IT teams is to develop this flexible network and IT infrastructure to support a shift to cloud-centric applications while also reducing operational cost.

Enterprise IT departments need to ensure secure application delivery anywhere, with a high level of performance for critical business applications. The expectation is to provide continuous, high-quality, secure connectivity that extends out to remote sites, to mobile users, and to business partners that access applications hosted in a multicloud environment of private data centers and public software-as-a-service (SaaS).

Software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) and virtualized network functions (VNFs) hosted on commercial off-the-shelf hardware are changing the economics and the architecture of the wide-area network (WAN). These new platforms make the network more dynamic and support enterprises in managing their operations with policy-driven application security, application visibility, application-aware routing, and application performance guarantees.

In this webinar, Ovum's Rik Turner discusses considerations for enterprises choosing a SD-WAN solution, in particular when considering outsourcing SD-WAN management to a service provider, and how to future-proof those decisions.


Rik Turner, Principal Analyst, Infrastructure Solutions, Ovum
Rik is a principal analyst in Ovum's IT Security and Technology team, specializing in cybersecurity technology trends, IT security, compliance, and call recording.

Rik provides analysis and insight on market evolution and helps end users determine what type of technology and which vendor they should be pursuing.

Rik has also worked in Ovum's Financial Services Technology team, with a specialization in capital markets technology. Prior to joining Ovum, he worked as an IT journalist, specializing in networking and security, and as a foreign correspondent in Brazil, where he worked, among others, for the Financial Times and The Economist.

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Atchison Frazer, WW Head of Marketing, Versa Networks
Atchison Frazer brings over 20 years of strategic IT marketing expertise and leadership to Versa Networks, helping to influence growth markets from SD-WAN to High Performance Computing, Infrastructure Performance Management and UTM security.

Prior to Versa Networks, he was global marketing leader for SD-WAN pioneer Talari Networks, and before that CMO at Xangati (acquired by Virtual Instruments). Previously, Atchison served as CMO for ADC-vendor KEMP Technologies and also was CMO of HPC and HFT switch-fabric innovator Gnodal Ltd (acquired by Cray).

Earlier in his career, Atchison was responsible for services strategy, global marketing and sales enablement for Cisco’s global enterprise theatre and enterprise transformation market segments, including acquisition integration, enterprise security software and network optimization services. Atchison also has held senior marketing and communications management roles with Servgate, Fortinet and HP Enterprise.

Atchison earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Louisville.

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