What would be the most compelling reason for your organization to adopt an SD-WAN in the enterprise?
Here are some of the reasons:
It is faster to deploy
Older network technologies like MPLS are extremely slow and difficult deploy to their designation. Setting such networks up a new site will between 60 to 120 days. This number of days taken to install must be factored in and will thus considerably impact business expansion initiatives. SD-WAN on the other hand can achieve global connectivity within a much shorter time frame.
SD-WAN helps businesses save costs compared to MPLS in terms of bandwidth savings. Also, having a global SD-WAN that is fully managed will save the CIOs and their enterprise a significant amount of network maintenance and management costs, freeing IT resources to focus on more business-critical activities.
Sensitive organization applications while being moved to the cloud will exit the company firewall. SD-WANS are able to provide security in such a situation while maintaining the different compliance standards required across different geographical regions. In a scenario where the SD-WAN provider also owns the network, they can offer the enterprise-grade network security, access control and physical security. This is also known as the multi-layer security model.
Accelerated Application Performance
The core role of the network is to deliver an efficient fast application performance. SD-WANs that rely on public internet will not do this very well unlike the SD-WAN hybrid which incorporates MPLS in the network.
Cloud Business Apps Expand Market for SD-WAN
The popularity of online business applications such as the Salesforce and Skype for Business has provided an opportunity for the expansion of the SD-WAN market. This is because enterprises are now looking out for networking infrastructure that can help them manage the increasing levels of their own traffic that need to be channelled through the Internet.
The adoption of the cloud-based applications and the software as a service model (SaaS) among various enterprises has generated more online corporate traffic than before. This in turn has driven up the demand for the SD-WAN technology.
Companies are taking up the SD-WAN connections and replacing the more costly MPLS. The SD-WAN is applied for broadband connections and other cheaper alternative connections for their non-sensitive data. One of the features of SD-WAN that have made it favourable for use in enterprise is the automatic path selection. This feature allows the network to select the most secure path with which to send sensitive business data to its destination. Data that is not highly sensitive on the other hand is sent through the public internet, which is not as secure.
For the longest time, business applications have been hosted within the premises in private date centres. Technological revolution has made this a thing of the past with network traffic now travelling between the devices in the corporate network and the software based in the cloud.
One of the biggest benefits of the SD-WAN technology is that it allows load sharing across various connections. SD-WAN has simplified and optimized how traffic goes out over the WAN connections such as the private MLPS and the public internet. The new technology can adequately handle the network shifts.