SD-WAN is being adapted by businesses and enterprises across the world and is being heralded as a next-generation way to connect users within a business to a single cloud-based network.
But what exactly is SD-WAN and what makes it so vital for improved user experience? Let’s find out.
What is SD-WAN?
SD-WAN or Software-Defined Wide Area Network is a type of virtual WAN that makes it possible for businesses to use a combination of transport services, which include MPLS, LTW, or broadband. These services are used to connect users to various applications securely. It uses a centralized control panel in order to securely and efficiently direct traffic throughout the WAN
What Makes SD-Wan So Good for User Experience?
Because of the nature of SD-WAN and its centralized control panel, this type of network makes it possible to increase overall application performance. This results in superior user experience and an increase in business productivity. It also can reduce the overall costs needed for IT.
SD-WAN simplifies network management for enterprises and optimizes the control a business has over connections to cloud-based services.
While MPLS connections can be useful for a head office, they are not as useful for smaller business branches or businesses that operate remotely or have remote workers that need to access a business’s SaaS applications. This applies to so many kinds of businesses and teams, from customer service agents to traveling executives. Traditional WANs simply can’t support the app, voice, and video services used by these types of employees.
How SD-WAN Can Free Your Organization from the Data Center
Switching to SD-WAN means you no longer have to deal with unreliable data centers. SD-WAN’s main focus is to provide a more agile and dynamic connectivity option with the loss of service quality. Moreso, SD-WAN adoption can save a significant amount of money in terms of assets and ancillary costs.
Migrating from a traditional data center to SD-WAN really isn’t that complicated as a process. There are many vendors out there who take on the task of adoption and implementation for you.
However, there are some things to consider when moving to the cloud on an enterprise-wide scale. Start by considering which of your enterprise applications use the most throughput within your current network and which applications need to be given priority. This can include things like traffic flow, SaaS applications, etc.
You’ll also need to consider how an SD-WAN network can integrate into the network you currently have. SD-WAN does not necessarily have to or should cover all of your network when it comes to functionality. Think about how to integrate it into your existing infrastructure and what protocol and application uses are available. This will lead to a smoother transition with little interruption. Lastly, don’t forget to assess how SD-WAN will integrate with your current cloud strategy.
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