SD-WAN

SD-WAN MSP : Better than DIY deployment?

One of the fundamental incentives behind any organisation’s or enterprise’s push towards adopting new technology is cost-savings. No matter how large or small an entity is, figuring out the best ways to trim expenditure in a highly saturated business environment is the primary goal. This expectation translates into the networking space as well, where businesses are seeking out the latest technology to drive down expenditure, while maintaining reliability and efficiency. This is one of the biggest reasons why businesses consider reaching out to an SD-WAN MSP, like Spooster.

What’s interesting about cost-savings is that there are many indirect, or hidden benefits, behind a successful SD-WAN deployment. In particular, there are three main benefits and reasons as to why you should consider SD-WAN as the go-to networking solution for your business – the diversification of WAN circuits is one of them.

Truth about SD-WAN

Diversification of WAN circuits via an SD-WAN MSP

One of the major benefits of an SD-WAN networking solution is that it transfers more control over to the enterprise implementing it. With SD-WAN in place, businesses will find that implementing the right SD-WAN architecture helps in diversifying their WAN circuits. What does this mean, exactly? In short, most traditional businesses utilise MPLS networks, whose links are centralised and belong to a single provider. While, on paper, this may seem convenient, it also means that a failure or problem with the MPLS provider in one location could result in significant issues for all the enterprise’s various sites.

By implementing an SD-WAN solution, enterprises have the opportunity of combining MPLS lines with much cheaper non-MPLS lines, provided by a diverse group of service providers. This means that any issues with MPLS can be overcome by simply transferring traffic over to more efficient lines, while not having to depend on the services and customer support of a single provider. Given that SD-WAN technology automatically reroutes and chooses the best path for data traffic, enterprises can expect more reliable and efficient performance when it comes to voice and data traffic. Additionally, in the event of a downtime, one provider link can keep an enterprise’s operations running smoothly while the issues of the other provider are sorted out.

 

Reduced hardware costs, while increasing overall performance

MPLS WAN costs are very expensive, which is why many small and medium enterprises tend to be wary of implementing them at their respective establishments. While it is a given that four-nine network reliability is almost a given, justifying the monumental costs behind the tech is often difficult for businesses to bare. This is where SD-WAN is perfect, given that a plethora of our very own clients have highlighted significant cost-savings – sometimes, upwards of 70-80% of overall WAN costs. Specifically, in terms of hardware, many of our clients point to the renting of MPLS hardware as a significant expenditure – especially when regular updates are required. However, upon complementing an SD-WAN MSP or managed service provider, the amount of cost reduction they experienced, increased significantly.

However, these direct cost-savings are not the only benefits enterprises that implement SD-WAN come across. In fact, a lot of these savings come in the form of hidden benefits. For example, many enterprises that opt for SD-WAN often witness an increase the overall bandwidth offered at their remote sites – exceeding more than double what a standalone MPLS provider can offer. How rare is it that businesses can say they actually save money while increasing overall performance? Implementing SD-WAN is one of those rare instances.

 

Expand network opportunities beyond a single service provider’s portfolio

Often, businesses that depend on a single network provider are restricted by their infrastructures capabilities and limitations. However, a major advantage of utilising Spooster-leveraged SD-WAN, via reputed partners like Cisco Meraki, Viptela, and Riverbed, is that enterprises can expand their WAN accordingly. What does this mean? Instead of depending on a single provider’s infrastructure and associated network limitations, enterprises can now leverage their SD-WAN solutions to meet their existing need, while creating room to meet even greater demands.

The net result of this technology is the implementation of a solution that provides uninterrupted and reliable data and voice services, which many businesses in the modern digital world are dependent on. Additionally, with a reliable SD-WAN solution in place, enterprises have the luxury of providing more consistent performance for applications within their network, with absolutely no additional costs incurred from providers services.

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