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.

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

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.

VMware’s VeloCloud acquisition: an argument for SD-WAN services?

VMware’s VeloCloud acquisition: an argument for SD-WAN services?

The VeloCloud acquisition should help VMware compete with Cisco, who acquired SD-WAN provider Viptela for $610 million in May.

The 4 SD-WAN architectures for network security

The 4 SD-WAN architectures for network security

SD-WAN’s future lies in security.

How will you connect AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud to your SD-WAN?

How will you connect AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud to your SD-WAN?

How will SD-WAN connect to the cloud? SD-WAN technologies have different approaches to their ease of implementation with AWS, Azure and Google Cloud.

Office 365: What’s your network deployment architecture?

Office 365: What’s your network deployment architecture?

Selecting the correct architecture for your Office 365 implementation affects whether your users have good performance or not. Here are some important tips to consider whether you are using SD-WAN or not.

When evaluating SD-WAN, look beyond the features table

When evaluating SD-WAN, look beyond the features table

It's easy to think that you should select an SD-WAN technology bases on a list of features. But there are many other factors to consider as you "peel the onion."

Can SD-WANs meet standards requirements?

Can SD-WANs meet standards requirements?

When it comes to security standards, the newness of SD-WAN technologies might raise questions among security professionals when it comes to HIPAA, CFATS, PCI and other compliance regulations.

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