Four Reasons Why You Need SD-WAN
A private wide area network is essential to any data driven business. A safe, secure connection between employee devices ensures smooth workflow and top level customer interaction. As more and more elements of the office environment become virtually connected, virtualizing the WAN seems like the next logical step.
Software defined wide area networks take advantage of cloud hosting capabilities to connect your employees like never before. With smooth updates, increased security measures, and endless options for customization, an SD-WAN may be just the thing your business needs.
1) Universal Security
The many devices in your WAN each rely on their own security protocols and must be individually managed and updated. SD-WAN devices are all connected to the same virtual cloud, which allows them to take advantage of universal security features and malware protection. Security updates can be downloaded instantly, and any cloud based filtering services can be seamlessly integrated with your existing setup.
2) Simple Deployment
Traditional WAN solutions typically involve specialized hardware, which can be expensive and may require a professional to install. SDN devices are fully cloud integrated. This means that you can ship a device to one of your locations, download the most recent software update, and be instantly connected to your business’s private network. Software dependent wide area network systems are equally easy to maintain; software updates can be downloaded automatically, and devices remain synchronized across all locations.
3) Customizable Traffic Control
Cloud based networking has greatly increased the features available to WAN systems. All devices in the network are more integrated than ever before, allowing even more control of the data sent between them. With intelligent pathway control, traffic forwarding settings can be used to prioritize data based on time of day, IP address, or type of request. This allows business owners to get the most speed and efficiency out of their WAN system during busy times, and process less important requests when the space is available.
4) Transport Flexibility
The key features of all WAN solutions are security and reliability. Software defined wide area networks are capable of integrating with any existing data transport protocol, including internet, ethernet, Wi-Fi, and cellular services. This means that every device on your network can take advantage of a steady connection and consistent speeds, using whichever transport protocol makes the most sense at the time. Your business’s transactions can’t afford to wait for your network to come back online, as can happen so often with a traditional WAN. A software defined WAN ensures both consistency and flexibility.
An SD-WAN is simply the natural evolution of wide area networking. Traditional WAN systems can be clunky, confusing, and expensive to maintain; every problem becomes a cost incurred by your business. With an integrated Software Defined WAN, you’ll be surprised at the consistency and simplicity with which your network functions and updates.
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