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Digital transformation has redefined how companies operate with a distributed workforce. During the peak of the COVID driven acceleration in remote work, according to Statista more than 40% of US workers worked from home in 2020. The pivot from traditional data center-based applications to public cloud-based SaaS applications has also accelerated. Further, enterprises recognize that the workload has shifted from the data center to the cloud, and it results in an increased need for continuous, secure connectivity from anywhere.
In the past, remote workers’ internet traffic was either channeled through a corporate VPN or had limited security features secured by a traditional firewall. Remote working has blurred the boundaries across networks, infrastructure and applications. Today, more traffic is being carried on the internet due to cloud migration and remote work, creating an inverted traffic model away from secure connectivity. With work moving beyond the traditional office, a secure ubiquitous software driven network is paramount for business resiliency.
As the digital enterprise and internet-based traffic have evolved, security teams can no longer rely on the traditional premise-based security functions to address multiple threat vectors. Web content filtering, data loss prevention, and real-time malware detection are just some of the additional security features that are must-have in the digital age. The lack of visibility and a centralized policy enforcement make it difficult, if not impossible, for corporate security teams to ensure a secure and compliant operating environment for day-to-day operations.
A ubiquitous edge means a ubiquitous threat. And it also means:
- Lack of visibility of data for IT organizations
- Network scalability issues
- Performance degradation for mission critical applications
- Security vulnerabilities
- Complexities of managing end-user experience
- Employee productivity issues
As network and security boundaries morph and converge into a single managed offering from the cloud, AT&T, Cisco and Ericsson address the challenges above, by utilizing AT&T’s network infrastructure, AT&T SD-WAN with Cisco with integrated security, and Ericsson’s vendor agnostic orchestration platform to:
- Drive rapid service delivery and cost optimization through end-to-end automation
- Minimize and handle security threats
- Enable near real-time, consistent and dynamic policy management
The future of the business network is here. AT&T, Cisco and Ericsson have secured The Ubiquitous Edge with scale, reliability, and innovation.
About MEF’s Proof of Concept Program & Showcase
The MEF 3.0 Proof of Concept program effectively fosters innovation, seeds new MEF standards and projects, and accelerates our existing work within the ICT industry by providing our members—including service providers, technology suppliers, and other stakeholders within the ICT industry—the opportunity to collaborate on MEF 3.0-based use cases throughout the year.
Initiated by MEF members and facilitated by MEF staff, each MEF 3.0 PoC receives a unique, identifying number that remains unchanged as its title and messaging evolves over the life of the project.
PoC work is highlighted in public showcases and award presentations that explore individual Proofs of Concept.
Ramesh Thyagarajan is a thought leader with 20+ years of progressive leadership in delivering large scale innovative technology solutions across platforms, industries and geographies. He leads the Virtual Edge Customer Adoption program supporting AT&T Business customers with their Network transformation through Proof-of-Concepts on the AT&T SD-WAN Product Showcase, and production trials across various platforms including Juniper Networks, VMware, Cisco, Palo Alto Networks, Fortinet, and ZScaler. Ramesh has extensive experience across Product Management, Big Data and Information Technology at AT&T.