"They've taken a lot of the complexity out of getting a new site stood up," he says. "It allowed us not be so heavily reliant on our limited staff of network engineers."
In addition to quickly bringing up remote project sites, the software-defined WAN is encouraging MWH to reimagine its own WAN and wring out costs that can be invested elsewhere, such as in higher-speed, higher capacity circuits to branch offices, Tornrose says. MWH employs 8,000 people in 180 offices in 35 countries.
"It's provided us the opportunity to re-envision the global WAN architecture," he says.
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