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A role for SD-WAN in migration away from PSN?


Helen Olsen Bedford Publisher

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Is there a role for SD-WAN and 'self-driving' wide area networks in a post-Public Services Network environment? Join us on UKA Live this Friday at 11:00 to find out

As public authorities make ever more use of the cloud and look to move away from using the Public Services Network (PSN) they are going to need new solutions for managing their own networks.

Although there is no deadline for the change, it has taken on a higher profile with this month’s indication by the Government Digital Service that it has begun to work on identifying ways for organisations to move off of the PSN under its Future Networks for Government programme.

It first indicated in 2017 that the PSN would not be necessary in the long term because of improved standards around issues such as email security, transport security and virtual private networks. But this leaves open questions around how organisations will manage their networks, especially if they opt for multiple providers in a multi-cloud or hybrid cloud environment.

Some are already looking for the answers in the form of software defined wide area networks (SD-WANs), which have the ability to self-manage and simplify network infrastructure whilst powering up performance – without demanding a big investment in time and extra resource.

The topic is up for discussion in UKA Live this Friday, 27 September, bringing together connectivity application specialist Silver Peak with leading digital specialists from the public sector. I will be putting the questions to Silver Peak's EMEA vice president Kristian Thyregod, Bill McCluggage, non-executive director at FCO Services, and Simon Clifford, director of digital and data at the Police ICT Company.

Join us live as we cast light on important opportunities for public authorities as they think about the future shape of their networks, and how these networks will play a major part in their plans for digital transformation.

Register to join us live and submit questions to the panel here. The live broadcast will run from 11.00-12.00 this Friday, 27 September.


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