Apcela Proof of Concept: A Novel Way to Use SD-WAN for Automated, High-Performance Multi-Cloud Access

Fall 2022

IT organizations often find that their legacy networks are not fit for hybrid- and multi-cloud consumption, as they move workloads beyond the datacenter to IaaS, PaaS, or SaaS cloud platforms. In this session, learn how to use modern SD-WAN tools and virtualized networking platforms to accelerate multi-cloud network performance and improve security.

Too often IT organizations recognize too late that their current network doesn’t meet the performance, security, or reliability needs of their cloud adoption roadmap. This leads to a complex patchwork of bespoke cloud connectivity solutions. At one end the Internet becomes the new WAN for enterprise cloud apps, but this option often lacks the security, visibility and performance associated with private, typically MPLS based WANs. At the other end are MPLS based extensions to cloud platforms and/or a bevy of private line based direct connect options from cloud services providers, but these all add both cost and complexity.

In this session you’ll learn how to build an SD-WAN based multi-cloud router for low latency prem-to-cloud, and cloud-to-cloud private connectivity with the performance characteristics MPLS based WANs, while reducing cost and simplifying complexity. As a bonus — how to easily convert existing dedicated 1G/10G cloud direct connects into high-performance multi-cloud on-ramps.


With over two decades of professional experience in Network Engineering, Product Management, and Solutions Engineering, Kunal Thakkar is a seasoned expert with a track record of success in high-level consulting and professional services roles, as well as in managed services. In these roles, he has played a pivotal part in the architecture, rollout, and oversight of sophisticated network and security infrastructures for industry-leading Fortune 500 and Global 2000 companies.

Kunal possesses diverse and in-depth technical proficiency that spans several disciplines, including Computer Networks, Cloud, Security, and Application Delivery Architectures.

Kunal holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science with a concentration in Computer Networks and Security from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from M.S. University in India.

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