Webinar will show you how to unite SD-WAN and AI for network automation

Posted on August 18, 2020

Ready to start building an autonomous network that is self-aware and self-healing? The technology is already here, so there’s really nothing stopping you. In fact, here’s the webinar that will show you how it’s done.

SD-WAN and AI are two of the hottest technologies in IT today, but they’re even stronger when they work together. Integrate them and you’ve got a technology that has the potential to pave the way for the fully automated networks of the future. Zeus Kerravala, Principal Analyst at ZK Research and I will introduce you to the tools and techniques forward-leaning companies are using to build autonomous networks. Don’t miss our ondemand webinar.

SD-WAN is only step one

If you’re one of the IT leaders still brooding over SD-WAN’s abilities to dynamically steer traffic across a mixed pool of connectivity types and move security to the network edge, you might be missing the bigger picture. SD-WAN’s hybrid networking capabilities are just the beginning. When you add AI technologies to the mix that’s when the far-reaching opportunities become more visible. That’s when you can see and understand how networks are becoming automated, creating a more transformative impact not just on the data transport–but on the IT operations.

While many IT leaders are fearful of automating their employees out of a job by replacing network engineers with machines, the truth is the human brain is less effective when it comes to analyzing the performance of today’s complex network environments:

  • The number of SaaS applications in use has exploded, meaning there’s more to monitor
  • Hybrid networking is increasing the number of services and providers, making more vendors to manage
  • The amount of data to evaluate and the number of network segments engineers must manage are also rising

Machine learning and behavioral analytics are highly effective tools for analyzing mountains of data and identifying subtle patterns into a simple report with suggested action plans. Companies that acknowledge these realities are using AI to promote their employees, elevating them from network administrators to strategic contributors.

We live in a world where more IT decisions are being assisted by machines, and the competitive edge is being defined by speed-to-evaluation and speed-to-change. How will you compete?

The sooner you learn how to apply AI in your network, the faster your organization will be able to fine tune an AI-powered engine to deliver on your specific business needs. Network automation requires a carefully crafted AI ruleset and playbook as well as system coaching. You will need time to explore how AI evaluates your network environment and time to give it feedback, learning to trust the machine. The sooner you get started developing this trust the sooner you can recognize results.

Here’s your chance to learn from the experts, discovering the solutions on the market today and what is possible tomorrow. Attendees will learn:

  • The limitations of SD-WAN and why AIOps is required to automate network management
  • How SD-WAN is evolving with AI and three ways it will change IT operations forever
  • AI-powered SD-WAN solutions available today and the roadmap to fully autonomous networking

Watch the webinar ondemand

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Ray Watson

Ray Watson is VP of Innovation at Masergy. He brings over 17 years of expertise in IT strategy, application solution design and next-generation network architectures. Ray has enabled numerous global enterprises in transforming their IT infrastructures to guarantee business outcomes. Ray is an industry thought leader in IT transformation and is a frequent speaker on topics such as hybrid networking, SDN, NFV, cloud connectivity and advanced security. Prior to joining Masergy, Ray worked at Airband Communications and Broadwing Communications. He holds a B.S. from Purdue University.

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