Apcela Proof of Concept: Tapping the Power of Open Access to Unleash Your Network

Fall 2023

As the enterprise WAN completes the final step of its evolution from ‘Cloud-Ready’ to ‘Cloud-Centric’, one of the last remaining hurdles is rehoming the local access connections on the cloud. Traditionally these local access links are homed on a carrier POP (Point of Presence) integrated with their MPLS network. In this Proof of Concept, see how Open Access simplifies the transition away from expensive, datacenter-centric MPLS links, toward a cloud-centric WAN, while maintaining the speed, reliability, and security of private networking. Once edge sites are connected directly to the cloud, a virtually unlimited catalog of highly orchestraeable, software-defined network services open up, including the emerging segment of cloud WAN services such as AWS Cloud WAN and Azure Virtual WAN. The rehomed access network also simplifies the adoption of modern networking and security services such as Secure Access Service Edge (SASE), and Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA). Join Apcela in this POC to see how Open Access can unleash the power of your WAN.


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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