Matt Conran

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Matt Conran has more than 19 years of networking industry with entrepreneurial start-ups, government organizations and others. He is a lead Architect and successfully delivered major global greenfield service provider and data center networks. Core skill set includes advanced data center, service provider, security and virtualization technologies. He loves to travel and has a passion for landscape photography.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Matt Conran and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

The software-defined data center drives agility

Secure Access Service Edge (SASE): A reflection of our times

Secure Access Service Edge (SASE): A reflection of our times

Gartner makes the claim that the shift to SASE will make obsolete existing networking and security models.

A Virtual WAN: Moving closer to the enterprise

A Virtual WAN: Moving closer to the enterprise

Virtual WAN will radically change the telecom environment, including how circuits are procured and who procures them.

Software-defined perimeter – the essence of trust

Software-defined perimeter – the essence of trust

Within a zero-trust environment, there is no implicit trust. Thus, trust must be sourced from somewhere else in order to gain access to protected resources.

Intent-Based Networking (IBN): Bridging the gap on network complexity

Intent-Based Networking (IBN): Bridging the gap on network complexity

Intent-Based Networking was a result of the need for greater network automation.

How edge computing is driving a new era of CDN

How edge computing is driving a new era of CDN

A CDN is an edge application and an edge application is a superset of what your CDN is doing.

Software Defined Perimeter (SDP): The deployment

Software Defined Perimeter (SDP): The deployment

After discussing with numerous SDP vendors, I have discovered that the current SDP landscape tends to be based on specific use cases and projects, as opposed to a technology that has to be implemented globally.

Software Defined Perimeter (SDP): Creating a new network perimeter

Software Defined Perimeter (SDP): Creating a new network perimeter

Considering the way networks work today and the change in traffic patterns; both internal and to the cloud, this limits the effect of the fixed perimeter.

Managed WAN and the cloud-native SD-WAN

Managed WAN and the cloud-native SD-WAN

The motivation for WAN transformation is clear, today organizations require: improved internet access and last mile connectivity, additional bandwidth and a reduction in the WAN costs.

The modern data center and the rise in open-source IP routing suites

The modern data center and the rise in open-source IP routing suites

Open source enables passionate people to come together and fabricate work of phenomenal quality. This is in contrast to a single vendor doing everything.

Open architecture and open source – The new wave for SD-WAN?

Open architecture and open source – The new wave for SD-WAN?

As networking continues to evolve, you certainly don't want to break out a forklift every time new technologies are introduced. Open architecture would allow you to replace the components of a system, and give you more flexibility to...

Performance-Based Routing (PBR) – The gold rush for SD-WAN

Performance-Based Routing (PBR) – The gold rush for SD-WAN

The inefficiency factor in the case of traditional routing is one of the main reasons why SD-WAN is really taking off.

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