Chapter 7. Branch Office Connectivity

The needs of branch offices are changing. This is due to the adoption of unified networks that support voice, video, and data; the consolidation of IT resources; and the physical mobility of many users.

Branch Office Design Considerations

Some design considerations for branch offices include

Connectivity technologies: What WAN options are available?

Resiliency: How much downtime can the site tolerate? Are there alternate WAN paths available?

Routing: Will the WAN support routing protocols?

Services: Are services such as NAT, WAN optimization, and QoS needed at the branch?

Security and compliance: What security is needed, where will it be placed, and how will that ...

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