Software-Defined Wide Area Networking, or SD-WAN, is changing the networking game.
The shift toward the internet of things (IoT) brought immense benefits to the world in the form of IT flexibility, efficiency and cost effective technologies. However, the underlying network infrastructure that powers the IoT was largely left unchanged. As a result, networks are getting more and more bogged down with connected devices and connectivity speeds are suffering.
The solution to this problem has emerged in the form of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) - technology that aims at making networks as agile and flexible as the modern data center.
Enter SD-WAN. An extension of SDN, SD-WAN uses software and cloud-based technologies to simplify the delivery of WAN services to the branch office. With benefits of high bandwidth and low cost, SD-WAN enables IT and business managers to quickly and easily deploy Internet-based connectivity.
Ultimately, the virtualization of networking through SD-WAN results in simplified network operations and higher bandwidth, not to mention cost savings for your business.
What this means for your business:
Think about it, how much does your company rely on the internet to do business? Your sales teams probably use cloud-based CRM tools that need to be loaded constantly. Your marketing department uses tons of social media platforms, email tools and marketing automation platforms that all run online. Your engineering teams utilize cloud-based environments to develop new products or work on projects. Let's face it, the internet is everywhere and your business needs it to do more than just work; it needs to work well.
These days, your company requires significantly more bandwidth to get things done. By implementing SD-WAN, your company can eliminate the backhaul penalties associated with traditional MPLS, and leverage the internet to provide secure, high performance connections from the branch office to the cloud.
Additionally, SD-WAN allows for the rapid deployment of WAN services, without the need to engage IT personnel onsite. Bandwidth can be scaled up or down as business needs adjust. All of this can be accomplished for the cost-equivalence of traditional MPLS.
With the increased deployment of SaaS technology, video streams and mobile applications, challenges have emerged in providing high-quality WAN services. SD-WAN works to overcome these challenges. SD-WAN offers the branch office higher business agility, better internet economics and more optimized cloud architecture than traditional MPLS circuits. SD-WAN is also easy to deploy and operate, providing your company with more than just cost savings.
If your business has not looked into the benefits of SD-WAN the time to start is now!