Apcela Proof of Concept: Leveraging a Global Multi-Cloud Transit Hub Network to Build a Cloud-Centric, Open Access WAN

Spring 2023

Modern apps and services are increasingly being distributed across data centers, cloud and edge. As enterprises expand cloud footprints to support this new architecture, the WAN needs to transform from cloud-ready to cloud-centric.

Cloud-based network services, such as software-defined cloud interconnect (SDCI), and security services, such as secure access service edge (SASE), are gaining adoption, and typically integrate with SD-WAN. As multiple cloud footprints, across multiple regions becomes the new reality, multi-cloud increases the networking complexity around premises-to-cloud, and cloud-to-cloud network connectivity.

SDCI and colocation hubs can form the foundation of cloud-centric WAN to interconnect an enterprise to a wide variety of cloud, network, and internet service providers. Apcela will demonstrate how these modern tools support deployment of a global CSP-neutral transit hub network, and how SD-WAN can orchestrate the new cloud-centric WAN, including fully integrating the edge access, all while reducing legacy WAN costs.


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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