Steve Garson

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In 2007, Steve Garson started SD-WAN-Experts (at that point called MPLS-Experts) to help U.S. companies communicate with their Chinese and Indian manufacturing facilities. Two clients were rolling out their ERP systems in China and found that their new networks were impeding operations, an unexpected and undesirable problem. A quick examination identified their VPN over Internet as the root cause of the unacceptable performance they were experiencing.

SD-WAN-Experts helped them install a high quality MPLS network to eliminate the packet loss and reduce the latency that is found on the internet. This led to quickly realizing that many other U.S. companies were having the same problem; or they were using less manageable frame relay or point-to-point circuits. Thus, was born this specialized practice in consulting to companies on the procurement and roll-out of Wide Area Networks (WANs). SD-WAN-Experts now serves companies worldwide with global facilities, large retail chains, as well as small domestic companies, and has even designed government emergency communication networks for an entire state.

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

4 considerations when replacing managed WAN services with SD-WAN

3 providers fixing the middle mile problems of internet-based SD-WANs

3 providers fixing the middle mile problems of internet-based SD-WANs

The shift away from MPLS to SD-WAN is more than just a move to a less expensive networking service. It’s a change in how enterprises think about their networks.

Internet testing results: why fixing the internet middle mile is essential for SD-WAN performance

Internet testing results: why fixing the internet middle mile is essential for SD-WAN performance

Can you trust an SD-WAN to deliver a predictable user experience if the basis of that SD-WAN is the unpredictable public Internet? Based on our testing, the answer is a qualified “yes.”

3 generations of secure SD-WAN services

3 generations of secure SD-WAN services

Secure SD-WAN services are becoming increasingly popular, but not all services are the same.

WAN Summit recap: challenges facing SD-WAN services

WAN Summit recap: challenges facing SD-WAN services

The WAN Summit show just finished up in New York. Here’s a look at one of the major trends—the growth of secure, SD-WAN services.

Carrier SD-WAN: SD-WAN should be more than just an MPLS complement

Carrier SD-WAN: SD-WAN should be more than just an MPLS complement

Simply put, enterprises should be able to abandon MPLS when they have a better approach.

Comparing global internet access services for SD-WAN: huge differences in pricing and quality

Comparing global internet access services for SD-WAN: huge differences in pricing and quality

For enterprises deploying a global SD-WAN solution, selecting the right ISP is important.

Choosing ISPs for SD-WAN: don’t be pound foolish

Choosing ISPs for SD-WAN: don’t be pound foolish

I was in the local Best Buy the other day and overheard a conversation between a saleswoman and a father looking to buy a computer for his daughter. Apparently, the daughter is a designer, which of course requires lots of heavy...

Will China start blocking SD-WAN traffic…today?

Will China start blocking SD-WAN traffic…today?

The mystery should start clearing up very soon, so you should sit tight for now before racing off for a technology decision that might constrain you going forward.

China to block SD-WAN and VPN traffic by Jan. 11

China to block SD-WAN and VPN traffic by Jan. 11

If you have facilities in China, you're going to need to address this VPN registration issue, if it hasn’t been addressed already.

Warning: security vulnerabilities found in SD-WAN appliances

Warning: security vulnerabilities found in SD-WAN appliances

Our branch appliances are often exposed to “innocent” threats, such as being inadvertently disabled by third-party sales engineer. And even worse, they can be exposed to truly sensitive data.

Why your company can be sued for using SD-WAN

Why your company can be sued for using SD-WAN

And a lawsuit is the last thing you want to factor into your IT budgets.

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