, Industry-Changing Technology: Software Defined Wide Area Networks

Industry-Changing Technology: Software Defined Wide Area Networks

Software-Defined Wide Area Networks – better known as SD-WAN.

As those with experience can tell you, constructing, deploying, andmaintaining a Wide

Area Network (WAN) can be a tricky bit of business. Organizations with multiple

branches need WANs to transfer data over long distances to keep productivity levels

high and otherwise optimize their operations. Traditionally—i.e. over the last 20 or so

years—innovation and maintenance within a WAN framework meant installing and

configuring expensive equipment that would eventually become obsolete. With the

advent of Software-Defined WANs in the past couple of years, this process has become

less burdensome to users.

 

What Are SD-WANs?

 

The textbook definition of Software-Defined WANs is a little hard to pin down because

there are so many ways to implement and customize them. Essentially, SD-WANs

simplify the connections of the network. By decoupling a WAN from the hardware and

virtualizing the controls, organizations can improve the management and operation of

the network while simultaneously lowering costs. SD-WANs can handle various types of

connections, including MPLS and broadband. Bundling these connections allows sites

with fewer resources and less sophisticated infrastructure in place to utilize things that

might not be available to them otherwise, such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

This fact allows organizations to streamline communications between multiple branches.

 

The Advantages

 

Reduced Costs

The interest garnered by SD-WAN is due to the myriad advantages it holds over current

standards. Overall, the technology simplifies WANs without sacrificing security or quality:

Reduced Cost–Internet circuits are much less expensive than MPLS, the

standard for WANs today—switching can cut costs by about two-thirds. Even

creating a hybrid network that employs both MPLS and Internet connections can

reduce the monetary burden on an organization and speed up connections.

 

Centralization

SD-WAN technology permits the management of its various branches from a single location,

unlike MPLS, which would require the physical configuration of each site in the event of an

upgrade.

 

More Comprehensive Security

SD-WANs use Internet Protocol Security (IPsec)

to authenticate data transferred between users and networks.

 

High Quality of Service

SD-WAN technology supports application level awareness. This gives preference to priority applications, thus increasing speed where it is most needed.

 

Why You Should Take Note

According to an article by Andrew Lerner, a VP in Gartner Research, the world’s leading

IT research company, we can expect 30% of enterprises to deploy SD-WAN technology

in their branches by 2019. IDC also sees a trend. By 2020, revenues generated by SD-

WAN tech will reach $6 billion. Their survey also revealed that about 70% of companies

interested in the technology expect to deploy within 18 months. SD-WAN technology is

a growing trend that can help businesses and organizations with multiple locations get

more out of their WAN.

 

There is no better time to deploy this new technology. Over the next couple of years,

SD-WAN technology will become increasingly more common, which means a fluctuation

in pricing. Even so, the value that it offers outweighs any increase in cost.

 

As the founder of nQuery Technology Solutions, Emilio Diaz uses his 20+ years of

experience in the technology business to help build cost-effective business solutions for

businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government institutions. His experience as an

innovative technology entrepreneur and a long-term business owner gives him intuitive

insight to help boost productivity and maximize future growth. You can reach Emilio at

emilio@nquerysolutions.com or call 305-760-8491.

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About the Author:

, Industry-Changing Technology: Software Defined Wide Area Networks
As the founder and chief technology advisor of nQuery Telecom Solutions, Emilio Diaz uses his 25+ years of experience in the telecom industry to help build cost-effective telecom solutions for growing businesses who need to plan properly for growth and scale. He believes that technology as a whole must serve one purpose - to elevate the customer experience to directly improve revenue growth. His experience as an innovative technology entrepreneur and a long-term business owner gives him intuitive insight to help boost productivity and maximize future growth. You can reach Emilio at emilio@nquerysolutions.com or call 305-910-2324.

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