The Connectivity Transformation Blog

WAN Dynamics on the INC5000!

Inc. 5000 announced that WAN Dynamics, a leading provider of managed and professional network services for medium and large enterprise customers globally, has made its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America. The list represents a one-of-a-kind look at the most successful companies within the economy's most dynamic segment—its independent businesses. Chobani, Under Armour, Microsoft, Patagonia, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000. 
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SCP on Arista Switches

It’s the year 2022 so can we collectively agree to stop using insecure protocols like FTP and TFTP to transfer files to and from your network devices? One of the many advantages of Arista switches is that you can use Secure Copy Protocol (SCP) which is an encrypted protocol to move files to and from them and also use the switch itself as an SCP source or destination. Years ago if you were remote and performed a firmware update to a network device you’d have to set up an FTP or TFTP server and then deal with the headaches when doing active vs. passive FTP if going through a firewall etc. With SCP it runs over port 22 (same as SSH) so in theory if you can SSH to the device you should also be able to SCP to it.
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WAN Dynamics Rises Up List of Top Global MSPs

WAN Dynamics is proud to announce placement in the prestigious Channel Futures MSP 501 list of the top Managed Service Providers (MSPs) in the world. This year listed at #105, up from #291 last year, WAN Dynamics is thrilled to ascend the world’s most comprehensive MSP survey and ranking list in the channel.
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WAN Dynamics Added to Sandler Partners Portfolio

WAN Dynamics is excited to announce our addition to the Sandler Partners Portfolio! WAN Dynamics has signed with a Sandler Strong Evergreen agreement, becoming part of the Sandler Partners community. Sandler Partners will now be able to help their customers make their networks more agile in order to reduce operating expense, lessen time to deployment, prevent outages and eliminate costly configuration errors. WAN Dynamics designs custom network solutions as well as provides both professional consulting and managed services across a range of diverse, essential enterprise networking areas for their global list of clients.
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Practical Uses for Palo Alto Panorama Templates

Palo Alto Networks Panorama is a great tool that enables organizations to manage and analyze many firewalls at scale. Our customers often ask for improvements that make deploying or maintaining firewalls a more repeatable, consistent process. Templates can certainly help with this. However, if not properly planned and executed it can lead to the opposite effect by introducing unnecessary complexity, additional deployment tasks, and the potential for issues down the road. The best time to plan a template strategy is at the time of a new deployment. It’s much easier to build out with the right approach than have to rebuild it once already in production. There are a few template strategies that we encounter in the field:
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What is Network as a Service (NaaS)?

Organizations are moving at a more furious pace than ever to provision and manage their increasingly complex networks. With rapid growth of cloud and remote workforce connectivity making things ever more diverse, the demand for self service provisioning and simple network management is growing. Enter the latest buzz in the connectivity world, something known as Network as a Service (NaaS). Like most new technology solutions developing from the primordial ooze, the specifics around the feature sets of solutions in this space are still emerging. That said, it’s still important for network practitioners to understand the fundamentals and be aware of what is coming to market. While the solutions are so young, customers who are having early conversations with vendors can help shape the direction of this space.
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Introducing DynaSASE

WAN Dynamics is excited to announce DynaSASE, a new way for branch office and work-from-anywhere users to securely connect to essential business applications. DynaSASE melds managed cloud based next-generation firewall capabilities, cloud access security broker and remote user access with our already popular DynaWAN offering.
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How Does SD-WAN Improve My Traffic?

Packet Loss, jitter and out of order packets are all problems that we run into when troubleshooting a circuit issue. In most cases, the only answer is to open a ticket with the carrier and wait for them to fix it. Most SD-WAN solutions now have ways to make the best of these circumstances and help ensure your traffic continues uninterrupted until the circuit issues can be resolved. Here I will go over some of the remediation techniques that can be used by an SD-WAN solution to help ensure your traffic gets where it needs to go.
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Arista Tips & Tricks: Connecting to Arista switches via SSH Key Based Authentication

Using SSH key based authentication for managing Arista switches can be useful for the purposes of better security, automation and not having to remember passwords. In this blog post, we’ll go through an example on how to set SSH key based authentication with Arista switches. These instructions should cover any MacOS or Linux variant operating system. Windows works as well but I don’t use it so you would be on your own to configure Windows on the client side. The switch configuration would be the same for any operating system you choose.
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