Window on WANs

Dec 20 2010   12:30AM GMT

Top technologies in 2010 that changed the WAN: Cloud computing

Tessa Parmenter Tessa Parmenter Profile: Tessa Parmenter

The technology trend that defined this year in enterprise wide area networking — and, quite frankly, across the board — was cloud computing. That’s not to say cloud computing didn’t exist before this year — but the ubiquity of everything-as-a-service changed the game for enterprises. The promise of cheaper, flexible and take-only-what-you-need resources gave corporations an offer they couldn’t refuse, and wide area network engineers were left to make the magic happen.

I want a pony

On top of being asked to manage cloud services you had no control over, companies told WAN professionals to complete a great deal more: “I want you to make sure our file transfers are secure and compliant,” they said. “I want voice and video traffic sent to our most far-flung employees. I want you to make these applications work faster with less bandwidth on a non-existent budget. I also want you to migrate to IPv6 because we soon won’t reach our intended customer base. And while you’re at it, I want a pony.” Sound familiar? Well, you weren’t the only one.

While the year of 2010 was marked by a plethora of seemingly-impossible tasks,’s readers turned to good advice, technical tips, and noteworthy news to help them understand and manage WAN technologies from this year.  Read the best pieces of content that came out of 2010 in our top WAN news articles, our top 10 WAN feature stories, our most popular WAN questions, or revel in our top 10 tips in 2010 on wide area network technology.

Above all else, have a happy holiday and New Year!

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