A Software Defined-Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) solution is generally a combination of software and hardware which strengthens, and intelligently utilizes, all available connectivity to allow for the prioritization of mission critical applications.
In short, SD-WAN allows businesses to securely harness the full power of their connectivity to achieve maximum uptime. Improved uptime is achieved through its ability to select the best pathways and switch between them as needed when a connectivity is slow or down. This technology, coupled with resilient network design, can create an “always-on” environment for your business.
Is SD-WAN Right For You?
SD-WAN is an incredibly powerful technology asset, and it can be configured to meet the specific needs of any given organization, but is this a solution you should consider? SD-WAN can be beneficial for almost any business, in any industry, especially those with multiple sites.
Businesses best suited for SD-WAN are typically looking for a cost-effective way to increase performance, security, and resiliency. They also generally require the ability to prioritize mission-critical, cloud-based applications, and access to real-time visibility and reporting on their network. You may even consider SD-WAN to replace, or supplement, an existing MPLS WAN network. MPLS replacements and supplementation have become fairly commonplace due to SD-WAN’s ability to reduce bandwidth costs and improve security against a greater number of vulnerabilities.
We have seen SD-WAN benefit a variety of clients, from global enterprises with an existing MPLS network to casual dining restaurants who have utilized the solution to reduce latency and jitter for their restaurant phone systems, so they never lose a customer’s call. Our extensive provider network allows us to offer almost any SD-WAN option and find the best fit for our clients’ businesses.
Whether you are looking for specific features, or if you want to compare solutions as a budgetary exercise for the future, we can tap our vendor network and provide an apples-to-apples comparison of SD-WAN products.