With the huge shift towards hybrid working, many are unsure whether SD-WAN still has it's place - and whether other options such as MPLS and SASE should be seen as complementary or alternative solutions.
SD-WAN can reduce network complexity, while improving visibility and control - and in countries such as the US, investment in new SD-WAN equipment can be offset against the high cost of a private network (MPLS).
However, in the UK it’s not as simple as choosing SD-WAN over a private network - for a start, MPLS costs are much lower in the UK.
Graham is the Managing Director of Gyrocom - a UK-based networking and security provider. Graham has over 20 years experience in the delivery of large scale IT infrastructure and is a specialist in software-defined networking. Graham has a proven track record of delivering strategies that demonstrate a more efficient use of IT resources, with a key focus on helping customers spend less on the things that can be commoditised in order to focus on the things that differentiate them from their competition.
Simon Wilson is CTO, UK & Ireland for Aruba - an industry leader in wired, wireless and security networking solutions. In this role he works as a brand ambassador articulating the Aruba vision for experience-driven infrastructure. Simon also works closely with Aruba customers and partners across all markets to design smart and secure workspaces that maximise business productivity. With over 25 years’ experience in the networking industry, Simon’s experience spans across product management, marketing and channel operations roles, network design and electronic engineering.
Neal has spent the last 20+ years in the telecoms industry, working for tier one providers, while founding and investing in a number of technology businesses. After two years with IBM, Neal setup a dot-com start-up backed by 3i. Two years later, Neal moved to international network operator, TeliaSonera. Then he started his second business venture, Convergence Group. His entrepreneurial instincts have since led to the creation of scale-up businesses Tiviti and Allfour - created to drive change in the industry and provide customers with fast and reliable connectivity in a fairer and more flexible way.