SD-WAN is a booming new technology that all IT connoisseurs are talking about. Everyone wants the latest and the best technology for them, to reap its benefits and improve business. However, how can you know if SD-WAN can actually do this for you?
First of all, you need to analyze your business and your networking patterns. Then discover and name the problems that you are experiencing connectivity-wise. And finally, check whether SD-WAN can actually solve them for you.
Spooster is here to help you by providing you with an in-depth analysis of SD-WAN use cases and a closer look at the challenges this exciting technology can and cannot solve for you. Read on to find out more about this and what Spooster can do for you.
Don’t Get SD-WAN Only for the Technology
SD-WAN solves the issues that you have on your premises presently, but it is much more than that. One of the main reasons why a lot of enterprises choose to go with this networking solution is because of its preventative abilities.
One of the key features of SD-WAN is that it prevents network challenges and disasters before they become an actual problem.
Therefore, when thinking about SD-WAN, don’t think about it only in terms of technology and what type of hardware and software you’ll get. Think about the future and what it can do for your profits and productivity.
Think about how much you can lose in the future on long setups of new branches, exuberant IT budgets, internet outages, and clogged network performance.
These are some situations where SD-WAN can do wonders, so take a look at some SD-WAN use cases to understand better how it works and how it can work for you.
SD-WAN Use Cases
When learning the ropes about something, it’s important to understand how it works in theory. However, it is much more important to realize how it works in the real world and to be able to see some tangible results. Here are several use cases where SD-WAN successfully eliminated the issues at hand.
Improved Application Performance
For example, a restaurant chain with more than 1,000 locations in 10 countries wanted to incorporate unified communications (UC) to boost its growth. They also wanted to award loyalty points to regular customers who could redeem them electronically. Before incorporating SD-WAN, the company had regional hubs that connected local restaurants to each other and the headquarters.
The challenge was the company could not prioritize UC or CRM (customer relationship management) traffic, so requesting loyalty points was at times extremely slow and painful.
SD-WAN managed to solve this problem by incorporating a stable MPLS circuit and an internet backup. Less important traffic was routed to the public internet. On the other hand, MPLS capacities were reserved for critical apps and services, such as the loyalty program.
The restaurant can also easily change its priorities in the future regarding traffic, as the requirements and loads change, which was not possible before.
Open New Branches Quickly and Affordably
Let’s take as an example a retail business that operates in multiple countries. They need to be able to open and close branches quickly and painlessly as per market demands. Moreover, they wanted to address data requirement growth due to increasing apps on the network, and enable a business move to the cloud and allow workers to connect to the network with mobile devices.
The challenge the company faced was created by the slow and inefficient MPLS infrastructure, which was timely and expensive to deploy on new locations. Moreover, the company utilized complex optimization technologies to improve performances.
With SD-WAN, the company was able to integrate local internet connections easily into their main network. Local internet connections can be enabled and secured easily, so new retail locations can be opened quickly. SD-WAN can also tie several connections together, which solves the increased bandwidth challenge.
Moreover, with SD-WAN, the company can simply reroute traffic to different internet connections, so that there is always sufficient bandwidth for the most critical operations.
Challenges SD-WAN Can Solve for You
Both big and small businesses often experience challenges due to poor networking solutions. Here are some of the most common ones that SD-WAN can actually solve for you.
Dynamic Path Selection
SD-WAN allows you to reroute traffic from one connection to another easily. For example, an application can be given its own SLA regarding jitter, packet loss, and latency. If a connection experiences poor performance, the SD-WAN device will find another connection that meets the SLA needs and automatically reroute traffic.
It can sometimes be a challenge to deploy routers to remote locations, especially to other countries. SD-WAN can be delivered virtually, as a software. All you need is an IT team that is knowledgeable about SD-WAN infrastructure, and you’re good to go.
SD-WAN devices on new locations communicate to the headquarters to receive their configuration. Therefore, standardization is achieved in different regions, which simplifies future maintenance.
You can have much better visibility of the whole network. You can benefit greatly from knowing how your connections are used by the applications. This way, the traffic can be easily offloaded as necessary. Moreover, connections and the WAN can be scaled to the size actually needed.
Challenges SD-WAN Cannot Solve for You
Even though SD-WAN can do wonders for your business and your network, it is not a magical solution that will necessarily get rid of all your headaches.
SD-WAN Can’t Make a Bad Network Good
SD-WAN can’t turn copper into fiber. A lot of companies still rely on satellite, DSL, and municipal wireless, instead of broadband. SD-WAN cannot make your network better. It can only bundle those connections into an operating network. However, it cannot give you the reliability and speed of broadband per se.
Limited Diagnostic Capabilities
While SD-WAN can, in fact, tell you that there is a problem with a connection and show you which connections are running slow, it cannot tell you WHY that is happening. The network itself limits the diagnostic capabilities.
Here’s how Spooster can help you
Ever since we were established in 2013, we have helped numerous businesses, small and large, to execute their decisions to incorporate SD-WAN, improve network capacities, and reduce costs.
We can help you make a business case for implementing SD-WAN into your organization and reaping the benefits.
In addition to SD-WAN services, we also provide WAN Optimization solutions
Spooster also offers Managed SD-WAN Services, which offload or eliminate your IT workforce requirements. The managed services include SD-WAN network monitoring services; Network, WAN, and Cloud security; Cisco iWAN solutions, and a lot more.
We encourage you to click this link to schedule a face-to-face discussion with our team and learn more about your options. We can also visit your premises to discuss our services, so do not hesitate to get in touch.