Zscaler has announced the expansion of its SD-WAN partner ecosystem with the addition of industry players Riverbed, Nuage Networks from Nokia, InfoVista, and Talari Networks. Zscaler best-in-class security is now part of an extensive network of jointly validated SD-WAN solutions.
As applications leave the data centre for the cloud and more traffic is destined for the Internet, companies are turning to SD-WAN to route traffic locally over the Internet to reduce backhaul over dedicated links and deliver a faster user experience.
SD-WAN provides centralised management and uses software-defined policies to select the best path to route traffic to the Internet, cloud applications, and the data centre. According to Gartner, by 2020, more than 50% of WAN edge infrastructure refresh initiatives will be based on SD-WAN versus traditional routers, up from less than 5% today.
SD-WAN makes it easy to establish local Internet breakouts, but local Internet breakouts need to be secured. SD-WAN partners are turning to the Zscaler cloud platform to deliver the security stack as a cloud service, reducing MPLS backhauling and eliminating costly on-premises security appliances.
“Today’s cloud applications break traditional hub and spoke architectures. Apps like Office 365 and Azure require direct Internet connections to deliver a fast user experience, and organisations are turning to SD-WAN to provide those direct connections in their branch offices,” says Punit Minocha, Zscaler VP of business and corporate development. “Zscaler provides the critical missing piece, security, while eliminating the cost and management complexity of appliances.”
Jointly validated solutions
Zscaler offers jointly validated solutions with trusted SD-WAN partners Citrix, InfoVista, Nuage Networks, Riverbed, Silver Peak, Talari Networks, VeloCloud, and Viptela. These joint solutions offer customers the confidence to adopt new network architectures for Internet-only branches with speed and ease, without compromising security. Learn more about Zscaler’s Jointly Validated Solutions for securing SD-WAN.
Zscaler advances Agilent’s transition to the cloud and SD-WAN
Agilent turned to Zscaler and SD-WAN partner Viptela to help it take advantage of cloud applications and services. Agilent found that over 60% of its traffic was destined for the Internet, but it had little visibility into that traffic. The company needed a cost-effective way to enable local breakouts for its 120 locations and provide consistent security for all its Internet-bound traffic.
With Zscaler and Viptela SD-WAN, the Agilent IT team has found that it is able to respond more rapidly to changing business requirements. Pascal Heger, global network architect for Agilent, estimates that there has been an 80% improvement in turnaround time when new capabilities are added, along with a notable increase in application reliability and performance.
“Zscaler has demonstrated their leadership and ability to secure SD-WAN and enable local Internet breakouts from branch offices,” says Pascal. “This has fundamentally transformed our cost structure and enabled us to confidently realise the benefits of operational efficiency and scalability around the globe.”