What is SD-WAN?
A Software-defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) is a virtual WAN architecture that uses a combination of hardware, software and cloud‐based technologies to simplify the delivery of network services to different physical sites. It improves application performance, resulting in enhanced user experience, increased business productivity and reduced costs for IT.
The result is ultimate and seamless network accessibility for all team members, regardless of location.
Traditional WANs were never built for the cloud, and as more and more applications migrate to the cloud, geographically distributed enterprises are embracing SD-WANs at an accelerating pace because they help businesses become more agile, enhance business productivity and dramatically lower costs
Is SD-WAN a replacement for MPLS?
SD-WAN can be used as an alternative to carrier MPLS networks. SD-WAN can also integrate into a MPLS network.
Do I need to change network providers?
No you do not. SD-WAN is not a replacement for your current internet set up, but an enhancement of it. It provides an entire pool of connectivity options for your business, giving multiple choices for network access, allowing for boosted efficiency in operations, and the levels of connectivity required to meet the IT demands of a modern, multi-site business.
Will SD-WAN save my business money?
The simple answer is yes.
Switching to an SD WAN solution offers ultimate control over your network, leading to increased efficiencies and cost savings. An SD WAN solution includes all the hardware and software required for ultimate redundancy, eliminating downtime and thus increasing productivity, reducing the need for expensive hardware upgrades and the equipment costs associated with traditional networks.
What are the security implications of SD-WAN?
SD-WAN offers the same levels of robust and secure connectivity to all business applications for the employee on the road as for the team at head office. It uses standard based encryption to provide secure connectivity, thus creating a secure cloud network.
How much does SD-WAN cost?
The cost of an SD-WAN network is determined by the requirements of each business and the needs of the network, but in many cases a SD-WAN can be delivered over cheaper standard grade data links delivering cost savings when compared to carrier Fibre services.
Is SD-WAN easy to manage?
Yes. SD-WAN solutions are designed to enable ease-of-adoption, use and management, and can be easily integrated with your existing MPLS network. Its user-friendly interface ensures managing your network is simple, flexible and cost-effective. By integrating SD-WAN into your business operations you will benefit from boosted levels of control over your network via the ability to prioritise traffic and seamlessly alter traffic flows.