In order to remain competitive in a digital world, the modern enterprise is forced to prioritize connectivity. From supporting cloud applications to an expanding fleet of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, enterprises require network support that is dynamic and reliable. As enterprises turn to the next step, which is the adoption of technologies like augmented reality and artificial intelligence, the need for software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) becomes more pressing.
Legacy networking approaches with a heavy reliance on multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) pathways are not prepared to handle the bandwidth demands and performance requirements of cloud technologies like Software as a Service (SaaS). Networks are increasingly functioning at the application level, rather than being IP packet-based.
Using SD-WAN allows enterprises to better manage networks with improved performance at a lower cost:
Efficient Branch Deployment: Branch offices have always posed a challenge for IT, requiring connection to a central data center with a variety of security mechanisms in place along the way. The traditional hub-and-spoke architecture of the network is becoming less relevant as data transmissions become more dispersed. SD-WAN offers broadband connectivity at the branch location at a lower cost, giving each branch the same access to the technology enjoyed at headquarters.
Better Speeds at Lower Costs: Traditional networks require a device for every network function, which requires every location to house this same technology stack. With SD-WAN, the device is plugged in at the new location and the network automatically recognizes it, without a technician required to travel to the branch. One device handles the virtualized networks at a branch location, allowing the enterprise to reduce hardware costs as well as the cost of configuring and maintaining the device. The network is centrally managed, reducing the need for a technician to travel to the branch for configuring or troubleshooting.
Centralizing Management: Both IT and line-of-business managers are looking for close to 100% uptime and a high level of resiliency. SD-WAN offers visibility and control across a geographically-dispersed environment, as well as the benefit of prioritizing traffic, users, and applications. Mission-critical transmissions can be automated through business policy to receive priority in terms of being routed to the best pathway for bandwidth and performance requirements. These policies can be used to optimize network performance and improve reliability.
Network technicians are able to gain a high level of visibility into the network, including how employees are accessing features and the levels of performance they are seeing across the organization.
Servicing Every Industry: Businesses of all types can benefit from SD-WAN. Retailers use SD-WAN to improve speed and performance of an online shopping experience, while a restaurant may use it to equip mobile ordering that allows customers to eat as soon as they arrive at the location. Health care organizations are using it to allow for uninterrupted video conferencing conversations between patients and doctors.SD-WAN provides a reliable, low-cost networking solution that equips your enterprise with the application performance necessary for advancing in digital technology. Contact us at Compass Solutions to learn more about the benefits you can expect from SD-WAN.