Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Public preview of Azure Virtual WAN

Think about an organization with multiple branches located around the world. They may access the same resources as it can be not necessary to create a resource per each branch. Tools such as Software-Defined Wide Area Networks can be used to improve these resources via effective request routing. Intelligent routing facilitates reaching Microsoft's global backbone network faster to have a quick response time. But there can be issues when at instances such as scaling, enforcing network policies and managing the connectivity.

Security attacks can happen any time when you are more and more vulnerable. That is why organizations create Network security teams, But security shall not always come up to the priority in expense of performance. Azure Virtual WAN simplifies and make the connectivity at large-scale more effective when on cloud.

How it Works:
The new Azure Virtual WAN service provides optimized, automated and global scale branch connectivity. Virtual WAN brings the ability to seamlessly connect your branches to Azure with SDWAN & VPN devices (i.e. Customer Premises Equipment or CPE) with built in ease of use and    automated connectivity and configuration management.  

Virtual WAN is supported by Microsoft’s global network by using networking experience.When your traffic comes from branches Microsoft’s network at the Microsoft edge site closest to a given branch office. Microsoft has over 130 edge sites or Points of Presence (PoPs). When the traffic comes to Microsoft global network, it terminates in a virtual hub.

Available Regions and Partners:
Azure WAN contains multiple virtual hubs and you can create your own hubs in different azure regions. Azure has more global regions than any other public cloud provider bringing your virtual hubs close to your branches around the world.
Currently Microsoft is launching Azure Virtual WAN Preview with Citrix and Riverbed. And it will provide a fully automated branch connectivity experience. Solutions from additional partners such as Checkpoint, Nokia Nuage, Palo Alto and Silverpeak will be available in soon.

Features and Advantages:
Virtual WAN and virtual hubs: Virtual Hubs can be deployed within any of the Azure regions once you create a virtual WAN. Hubs work as the first stop when sending a request to another branch office or a VNet.
Connectivity automation: Azure Virtual WAN brings together your preferred CPE to overcome the issues with large VPN tunnels. Be it SD-WAN controller or VPN device to automate the branch provisioning, configuration management and connectivity setup enabling you to easily deploy and manage your Virtual WAN. 
Automated VNet configuration: The automated VNet configuration allows you to easily connect your VNet to your hub so users in a branch office can access their Azure resources. 
Troubleshooting and monitoring: The platform monitors your on-premises connections providing a unified experience to manage your Virtual WAN along with your Azure resources.

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