The Network Architect’s Guide To Accelerating Mergers & Acquisitions With A Software-Defined Perimeter

As teams look to embrace modern, cloud-based technologies, it’s often up to the network architects to seek out new ways to connect users to business applications, ensure that products integrate well within the existing system, and accelerate the M&A process. Determining the right approach is not easy given the overload of relatively new solutions out there and the need to ensure that their implementation does not disrupt user productivity or hinder operations.

To achieve this modernization, many network architects have begun to leverage software-defined perimeter (SDP) services to connect users to apps. SDPs serve as a faster and more secure alternative to the incumbent, network-centric processes that involve converging disparate networks and dealing with overlapping IP addresses through NATing—a process that can take between nine and 12 months on its own.
Within this architectural guide, we will cover the following:

  • Architectural differences between incumbent access technology and SDP
  • A look at a reference architecture for deploying SDP during an M&A
  • The phases to consider when adopting SDP across multiple entities
  • Pro-tips and considerations for accelerating the IT integration process during M&A with SDP


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