The technology that underpins SD-WANs – i.e., the software that makes proactive decisions about which network links to send traffic to and more – is becoming a network staple for organizations that want a superior experience. Enterprises and service providers have been searching for ways to lower their WAN costs, improve the performance of mission-critical applications, and adapt to the spread of cloud computing for years now. As a result of the fast-paced flow of business, the high demands of both customers and end users alike and the need for IT to do more with less, SD-WANs are poised for continued growth.
So as businesses begin to explore the possibility of SD-WAN technology, what they need to understand is that not all SD-WAN solutions are created equal and the more comprehensive the SD-WAN solution is the better. In this slideshow Kevin Gavin, CMO, Talari, has identified five key offerings and benefits you should consider when exploring an SD-WAN solution.
Exploring an SD-WAN Solution
Click through for five key offerings and benefits organizations should consider when exploring an SD-WAN solution, as identified by Kevin Gavin, CMO, Talari.
Offers More Network Choices
Businesses need the flexibility to use whatever LAN links best fit their needs, based on bandwidth, availability and cost. With a comprehensive SD-WAN, organizations are no longer limited to MPLS and dedicated circuits. Be free to embrace broadband Internet without compromising reliability.
Works with Any WAN Architecture
Businesses need the freedom to choose the WAN architecture that works best for them, whether it is an on-premises network, a virtual network, cloud or a combination of all of them. A comprehensive SD-WAN solution works equally well across different architectures.
Frees IT to Say ‘Yes’ to New Apps
Users expect a flawless experience, whether it’s a phone call, a videoconference, updating the sales forecast or crunching data. A comprehensive SD-WAN not only increases network capacity but also ensures the quality of application delivery so users are happy and IT has the bandwidth to accommodate applications expansion.
Maintains Order When Network Chaos Ensues
No matter how well network architects plan, unplanned outages occur. With a comprehensive SD-WAN, it doesn’t matter if an individual link experiences problems because application traffic keeps flowing across the other paths in the WAN. Workers stay productive and IT isn’t operating in crisis mode to fix the problem.
Empowers IT to Say ‘No’ to Escalating Network Costs
Businesses are tired of the “MPLS treadmill” – having to buy more expensive MPLS to meet growing bandwidth needs while back-up links sit idle. With a comprehensive SD-WAN, there’s no need to overspend. Secondary WAN links that were previously underutilized can now be used full time. Network architects can deploy the most cost-effective bandwidth available without sacrificing reliability.