Intrinsic to technological innovation has been the underlying transport layer, or as it’s referred to by businesses as – the enterprise network. For decades, the enterprise network has been synonymous with hardware appliances such as branch office customer premise equipment (CPE) or routers, firewalls, WAN optimization and many more network devices.

Historically, enterprise IT managers have needed to deploy and manage purpose-built network devices across multiple silos, in multiple continents, and countries, resulting in management complexity, growing costs, and downtime for new equipment, installation and support.

This way of doing business is no longer either viable or worthwhile. Enterprise globalization is the norm. The speed and flexibility of business environments demand more dynamic, always on, and less administrative-intensive technology solutions.

For companies to remain or become competitive and relevant, intelligent and responsive networks are a necessity to satisfy the need for speed and flexibility in the always-on, always-changing business world. It is only by abstracting the software from the hardware layer, and moving it toward a unified fabric, that we can fully satisfy the needs of today’s business environment.

At NTT i3, we believe that solutions like Project CloudWAN will create a new “normal” in the networking space, by addressing the network fabric requirements of the future while integrating and leveraging the investments enterprises have made in the past. Our aim is to enable enterprises to reduce wide area networking (WAN) spend, lower technology costs, reduce administration complexity, increase business productivity, and help organizations evolve without the technology limitations imposed on most of them today. We plan to deliver this through NTT Group global operating companies who serve as trusted advisors to their customers across 5 continents.

In collaboration with our operating companies, we are testing Project CloudWAN and gaining deeper insights into how the product can be effectively used to address real-world business challenges in banking, financial services, telecommunications, and pharmaceuticals industries – as well as in partnership with technology providers and consulting firms. In addition to field-testing the technology, we are also finalizing operational and commercial models, including regional go-to-market (GTM) strategies that are compelling for our customers and partners.

The extensive test results have been very positive to date. For example, we were able to successfully connect a new customer’s office to a secure global wide area network within a day. This would have typically taken up to three months if using traditional methods. We also significantly reduced administration complexity by providing the customer with a simple plug-in device that automatically connects and configures itself.

With Project CloudWAN, a skilled engineer no longer needs to visit the location and spend countless hours configuring network devices. This all happens centrally through a cloud controller, where policies are created and pushed down to devices based on specific criteria. Additionally, we push down the appropriate unified threat management (UTM) and WAN optimization network services, including an IoT gateway service. These are all significant changes for business that remove existing limitations.

With Project CloudWAN, we are enabling organizations of all sizes to grow with the speed and flexibility that a global business demands. We help them reduce their networking costs by providing them with a choice to connect through less costly links and dynamically manage reliability, latency and speed. This is a solution that grows with and adapts to the ever-changing business environment.

As an applied R&D innovation center working closely with global enterprise companies focused on digitally-driven business solutions, we partner every day with our operating companies to bring new technologies and real value to their customers.

From October 24 to 25, NTT i3 will be at the Open Networking USER Group conference (ONUG) in New York City, where we look forward to continuing our work with leaders in the open networking space and by contributing to the creation of open networking standards, and driving the network fabric of the future.

We hope you can join us and learn how Project CloudWAN can help your organization adopt a more intelligent and responsive network fabric to better deliver on today’s fast-changing business needs.

For more information on Project CloudWAN, please visit: http://www.cloudwan.io/

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