Wide Area Networks (WANs) today are a far cry from the tangle of cables, bulky networking hardware and server rooms of yesteryear. With cloud-based infrastructure, broadband and fiber internet and Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) culture increasingly becoming the norm in the modern enterprise, the state of the WAN is in constant flux, with new networking technologies spurring constant evolution. In the following infographic, we summarise the history of the Wide Area Network, from its earliest days right through to the present day.

A brief history of the Wide Area Network


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