With the adoption of hybrid cloud and the rise in remote work, traditional connectivity models like VPN and MPLS are no longer meeting performance and security requirements. Distributed employees need reliable access to their apps, yet disparate networking and security infrastructure makes it hard for IT to meet expectations.
Traditionally MPLS has been the primary mode of connectivity for the data-centric model because it provides predictable performance. However, MPLS can be expensive especially if you have idle backup links. Adopting direct internet access (DIA) allows users to connect faster to cloud applications, but also requires edge computing services, local access points, and centralized policy management for this new access paradigm. To become more agile, businesses need a new, more modern architecture that simplifies complexity, mitigates security threats, and delivers a better user experience.