The Rise of the Hybrid WAN: Meeting the Challenge of the Cloud

Server virtualization provided a foundation and an on-ramp for private and hybrid cloud computing. While
offering tremendous business benefits, however, the hybrid cloud — leveraging both private and public
cloud — has introduced increasing complexity for IT requirements and a need for global, instantaneous
access to distributed applications and data, an essential prerequisite for faster time to value.
Enterprises increasingly recognize that application workloads are critical to the success of their
business. They also recognize that the composition, nature, and deployment of cloud workloads
represent an entirely new set of challenges. These factors directly impact the role that hybrid cloud
networks will play in the success of evolving enterprise business models.