28 June 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
Organisations need to get into the right mind-set to successfully integrate SD-WAN into modern work environments, said a panel at WAN Frankfurt.
After his presentation on enterprise networks and the core
global networks underlying them, Telegeography’s
Rob Schult then moderated the final panel at WAN Frankfurt on
WAN architecture in the modern workplace. Joining him were
panellists Marius Venter, consulting systems engineer
at Aruba, Oliver Burgstaller, director of advanced
business solutions at Riverbed and Marco van den
Akker, VP of nearly everything at Tinc Works.
On the topic of quality of service, Akker who was
representing Tinc Works, which deals largely with small to
medium enterprises said: "quality of service is something you
agree with your provider when you have a clear strategy that
you’re trying to achieve. This is easier for the
large enterprises who have the people and resources to do this,
but the small to mid-market enterprises will find this harder
Burgstaller says it’s the performance of the
end-user which is the ultimate priority. "The challenge
we’re seeing everywhere is no one really has an
understanding of what the performance for the end-user is and
they’re making decisions based on this."
On the future of SD-WAN in the modern day working
environment, Burgstaller summed it up best in saying:
"Digitisation means optimisation and maintenance."
"WAN isn’t necessarily important to our
customers, what is important is simplicity," added Venter. Also
touching upon the much talked about subject of 5G. "What is
going to be the impact of 5G of WAN, nobody knows because
nobody knows what it’s going to do," said Venter.
"We need to make sure we in a position to leverage these new
On the topic of security Venter said: "if you
don’t have some sort of secure mind-set, then I
don’t think customers will take you that
seriously. I think assumed security is the worst kind of
security. I’d rather have no security and know
I’m not secure, because if I think
I’m secure I’m not going to be
"Network security is like not reading a manual, they are
just connecting with no thought and not reading the
instructions first," added Akker.
With topics like 5G rearing its head, there was no doubt
that the other biggest ticket topic, IoT would come up as
"IoT is interesting from a consumer perspective, but not in
our everyday business environment", said Akker.
'IoT is here to stay and that’s the number 1
challenge for customers today. We need to address this
challenge for our customers and the way we get there is through
micro-segmentation,’ said Venter.
Marco van den Akker,