SD-WAN

SD-WAN – when is it the right time to implement it?

SD WAN connection to hybrid cloudLong answer short? You need SD-WAN right now. But, if you would like the longer answer – here it is.

If you are a business competing in the modern corporate world where both giants and the little guys collide – fast, agile, and robust should be the defining markers of your business. Big or small, but small especially, making sure you have employed the right tools and systems into your complex web of operations will make or break your success. This is precisely where the topic of SD-WAN comes into play because the solution’s sole purpose is to provide businesses with just that, at a very affordable rate. Businesses from around the world are moving quickly to implement this into their enterprises. But… why?

For starters, SD-WANs provide businesses with access to a network that is faster than ordinary internet connections, yet far more affordable than other corporate solutions like Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS).

There are two key indicators that will tell you its time to implement SD-WAN into your business/enterprise if you have not already – cost/resource management and cloud application usage. Let’s deep-dive into each one.

 

Cost and resource management

Most businesses today still run on what is called a hybrid network, which, as its name suggests, is a mix of MPLS, internet VPN, and public internet. The goal of using this multitude of options is to help businesses keep up with their application and user demands. Think of it as adding vehicles of different sizes to meet the increasing transportation demands of your staff and/or family. In theory, the more you add, the more you should be able to facilitate.

However, the reality is that your network is not, at least it should not be, a chaotic entity. It needs to be managed and monitored to ensure that it is running as smoothly and as efficiently as possible, at the highest quality. With a hybrid network in place, this is almost impossible as your company and network demand grow.

Additionally, if you have multiple sites, having to manually set up remote devices and resources like routers can be very costly and difficult – often requiring extensive and pricey IT expertise onsite. As enterprise networks increase in complexity and unpredictability, IT teams struggle to keep up.

SD-WAN solves this problem by facilitating the connection of multiple internet connections under a single network and manages them via SDN (software defined network). SD-WANs, as we highlighted, also come much cheaper than other alternative corporate options like MPLS.

 

Cloud application usage via SD-WAN

If a business does not utilize at least a handful of cloud solutions and applications, then it is already behind the curve. Delaying the adoption of various cloud computing technologies that competitors have already implemented may leave businesses at the risk of putting themselves at a competitive disadvantage. Therefore, before anything else, consider looking at which parts of your business could benefit from cloud integration – give us a call.

However, if your business does utilize cloud-based applications and systems, you will need to rethink your approach to networking to meet the demands and frameworks of the cloud era. Traditional internet and alternative approaches like MPLS will likely not be able to deliver you with a network capable of handling increasing cloud requirements. However, by implementing the right SD-WAN, you can ensure that your wide area network is built to meet the demands of cloud computing and optimized accordingly. Your business’ SD-WAN network would ideally make you more agile and adaptable to handle your rapidly changing application and business requirements.

SD-WAN also gives you the ability to facilitate hybrid cloud storage that will automate your cloud connectivity by linking your various site offices to a wide array of public cloud services like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure, or any other public clouds. Your SD-WAN solution, if implemented correctly, would enable you to utilize thousands of applications over your network at any given time with relative ease. Given that you would be on an SD-WAN that utilizes software-defined networking, your pathway selection can be automated to ensure that the right path is selected based on the application type in use, the priority-based business activity being conducted, and/or the path quality determined by available bandwidth, latency, jitter, or packet loss.

 

SD-WAN solutions are rapidly becoming the answer to the networking challenges of business from all sectors. Find out how SD-WAN can help your business. Contact>