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Will Return to Office Bring WAN Changes?

In a recent No Jitter post, Irwin Lazar of IT research firm Metrigy, raises an issue that didn’t get a lot of attention during the pandemic period, but likely will become more pressing as end users return to offices, in whatever configuration that return takes place.

Irwin’s piece, “Evolving Your Network for Hybrid Work,” looks at all elements of the enterprise network — WiFi and broadband links for home workers, office LANs, and WANs. As Irwin points out, enterprises that plan to shift a significant portion of their workforce to part- or full-time remote work will have to address issues of security and quality of service from the kitchen tabletop (so to speak) all the way out to the cloud. So far, few enterprises seem to have attempted to tackle this challenge systematically.

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