Additionally, the system is AI-driven so that it offers proactive automation, better security features and centralized, easy management

Storage technology firm Seagate runs multiple sites in 18 countries that share a vast amount of data. As a way of decreasing network costs and optimizing the performance of key applications between these locations, the high tech manufacturing firm is moving from a traditional Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) network to “tunnel-less” Software Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) architecture to reduce its telco and hosting costs.

Tunnel-free – or tunnel-less – SD-WAN architecture is regarded as more secure, scalable and easier to control and manage than traditional tunnel-based SD-WAN.

The adopted architecture offers differentiated ‘session-smart routing’ that optimizes network performance for low latency applications like Voice over IP, enabling the multinational corporation to replace its previous telephony infrastructure.

The full stack AI-driven enterprise portfolio encompasses Wi-Fi, wired access switching and SD-WAN, offering proactive automation, client-to-cloud insights, and performance and cost optimizations.

Finally, the architecture is AI-driven and controlled through a common platform that simplifies management and lowers operational costs via proactive automation, insights and assurances.

According to the firm’s VP and Global Head of Infrastructure, Vinod Pasi: “While we are starting with SD-WAN, we are looking forward to getting the same simplified operations and cost savings across our wired and wireless access networks, as well.” He also noted how the firm can leverage a single cloud and AI engine across its entire campus and branch portfolio, and how the architecture they finally settled on was the best fit for various key use cases.

Said Sujai Hajela, EVP, AI-driven Enterprise, Juniper Networks, which supplied the architecture: “By taking a cloud-first, AI-driven and session smart approach to networking, Seagate (now has) the agility, scale and performance needed to keep pace with evolving business demands. We are excited to deliver this experience-first network that optimizes end-user and operator while reducing total cost of ownership.”