The Business Case for Hybrid Network Unification: Maximizing Performance, Continuity and IT Savings

Enterprises need uninterrupted business continuity for critical applications delivered over their global networks, but face an explosion of bandwidth requirements for less critical applications. Pressures on IT departments to reduce expenses are stronger than ever, making purchases of additional bandwidth difficult and often unaffordable. A solution gaining momentum in large enterprises is combining the carrier-class quality and availability of MPLS networks with the high-bandwidth capacity of a low-cost Internet VPN - a hybrid networking strategy.

While enterprises can better serve their business needs by deploying two or more WANs, questions arise about what trade-offs need to be made. At issue is not only the ability to create a hybrid network with MPLS and Internet VPN between data centers and branch offices, but also the ability to control, optimize and accelerate applications combining the mutual benefits of each network with unified management.

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