The Software Defined Network Challenge

| July 4, 2018

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Software Defined Networking (SDN) is increasingly dominating communications strategies and in the new world of connectivity, organizations need to protect data regardless of status location network. The current approach: The current approach- Many SDN vendors typically offer Layer 3 encryption technology as part of their SD-WAN service offerings and such security is beneficial for network which have replaced a basic network with no protection.

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