In one of our previous blogs, we explored how SD-WAN technology was leading the pack in terms of establishing virtualized networks. Melbourne, particularly, has seen its fair share of SD-WAN adoption by enterprises and businesses, given the reliability, security, and speed it adds to their respective infrastructure. With all the SD-WAN providers in Melbourne, our latest blog covers 4 key considerations you need to make prior to selecting an SD-WAN service that meets your requirements. Let’s start off with how to engage your existing provider in the process.
Involve your existing SD-WAN providers in Melbourne
No existing provider is going to be pleased throughout this entire process, however, its important that you maintain a very cordial relationship with them as you transition to a new provider. The important thing to keep in mind is that without your existing provider in the loop, the transition of your network will not be smooth.
Your existing provider will almost always comply with you – mostly due to wanting to maintain a cordial relationship or, as the worst-case scenario, due to contractual obligations. Overall, providers would typically remain more supportive because they would not want to risk losing business in your other segments (if you have any) or lose the potential of winning you back.
Identify what went wrong with your first provider
As a good practice throughout almost any aspect of life, it is always advisable that you make note of everything that went wrong and prompted you to consider a shift. When it comes to SD-WAN provision, the same is true. Make a comprehensive list of every single area of concern you had with your existing provider – this could be technology-related, service-related, or customer/client-relationship-related.
Another key consideration to make is regarding how effective your provider’s services are in your locale – it does not matter how renowned they are across the country if their services are ineffective in your region. Consult your IT personnel, end-users, managers, and overall staff regarding what their biggest concerns were and factor that into making your decision. Then, scope out potential new providers and pick one that addresses all these concerns and more – use your experience with your previous provider as a stepping stone to better opportunities.
Make sure you set forth policies for your new network environment before transitioning
Your previous experience of working with SD-WAN providers in Melbourne will be an asset in this situation because you will be able to replicate policies from your previous contract that worked and/or add new ones that build and improve on former policies. In this situation, as the enterprise, manager, or owner, seeking out a new service provider, you will have more awareness of the setting and environment most cohesive to your business.
In many cases, this is where the SD-WAN service provision distinction lies, because, most of the technology and hardware will likely be similar across providers – even if you are upgrading the tech, your current provider would most likely have a parallel equivalent. Therefore, the real difference is found in the policies you set up. Given that this will not be your first time looking for a provider, make sure you make the most of it and tailor the policies to your benefit.
Do not rush your transition – perform it in phases
Transferring and transitioning your current network from one provider to another can be a delicate matter, however, the process can be completed effectively if it is managed properly. This links to point number 2 – try and find a service provider that allows you to add and transition services incrementally. For example, request to start the transition by adding Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless links into your network first. Given that this is wireless, the transition would be the easiest, which would allow enterprises and managers to configure, manage, and pilot traffic flows more effectively, without having to move cables.
Next up, consider utilizing the former service provider’s LAN-side link as an input to your new service before gradually moving links from the old to the new. You also have the option of linking the two services simultaneously where both (old and new) LAN-side links would go to the same router and/or switch before the links are then moved sequentially on to the new service. The transition would be complete when the old service is no longer linked and is therefore, naturally, turned off.
Everything from identifying the reasons behind your desire to switch providers, to figuring out the better alternatives, and completing the transition are processes that require a great deal of attention. Make sure you take the time to carefully consider your options before executing your decision – remember, you are equipped with a lot more information than the first time you did this. If you would like more information on SD-WAN or how it could help your business, get in touch with us.