Software-defined wide area networks, or SD-WAN, have seen a rapid take up in recent years. The rise in remote working, and working from home, has seen many businesses and organisations turn to SD-WAN to solve their biggest problem - how to reduce the cost and complexity of extending their WAN to remote workers.
Network security, whether in a home or business setting, is absolutely vital. We all know that without some form of security solution our network is at risk of a cyber security breach, which could compromise personal and business data such as financial data, confidential documents, or private client contact information.
We’re in the middle of a technological revolution, with more powerful computers processing data faster and better than ever, and machine learning and artificial intelligence making it easier to automate processes and streamline workloads. Cloud computing technologies have made it possible for people to access files both when working from the office and from home. As workforces have shifted to hybrid working, networks have become more complex, and businesses now need to worry about keeping their whole cloud network secure - and SASE is the answer.
SD-WAN is the ultimate buzz word in the market, so we would be surprised if you hadn’t heard of it. Just in case you haven’t, SD-WAN is the next generation of networking services offering a new range of hardware, with configuration and controls hosted in the cloud, bringing new levels of visibility and control to customers and service providers beyond traditional services.
All the talk around it has made us think about our channel customers and how they are embracing SD-WAN, and the move to cloud-based services. With a compound annual growth rate of more than 40% until 2022 the opportunity is huge for SD-WAN. However, like all networking products, it starts with the importance of the underlay to build your services on. In a market where there is so much focus on price in a race to the bottom it’s important to remember that 42% of businesses are now using cloud-based services which rely on reliable, fast, and low latency connectivity*.
With this in mind, we have pulled together our top reasons for building your SD-WAN on the right connectivity solution:
Given that SD WAN promises to make networks simple, people sometimes wonder whether they can move to SD WAN and then manage the network themselves.
They said SD WAN was easy!
One of the promises people make about SD WAN is that it will make our lives easier. It will orchestrate the network, choose routes that give the best performance, distribute patches and updates automatically and replace the command line with a graphical interface.
In this post we discuss how SD WAN brings a number of benefits to the performance of a WAN. We show how SD WAN can deliver better performance from twin circuits, how it can improve application performance with real time application routing and path conditioning, and how it can allow you to remove Class of Service from your underlying MPLS or VPLS network.
In this short post we discuss how SD WAN brings a number of benefits to the in-life management of a WAN. We show how SD WAN can reduce the administrative burden of changes and how it can improve application troubleshooting.
In this post we discuss how SD WAN brings a number of benefits to the deployment of a WAN. We show how SD WAN can reduce the time (and thus cost) of deployment, how it can reduce mistakes, introduce consistency and reduce or remove the need for engineer installs.