While software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) solutions haven’t yet been widely adopted, implementation is on the rise and is expected to continue to increase. It may not be a high priority for many enterprises at the moment, but as they move forward with digital transformation, they will soon require SD-WAN. There are several factors influencing the need for SD-WAN:
Adoption of cloud services: Everything from software to servers is being purchased as-a-service, and it’s hard to find a company that doesn’t have some of its processes moved to the cloud. The time is coming when existing wide area network (WAN) capabilities will fail enterprises that have placed much of their data storage and workloads on the cloud. Speed and performance will suffer from the burden placed on the network.
Businesses are more collaborative: Companies are increasingly utilizing talent that is spread across branches, regions, and countries. Management teams recognize the need for collaborative software and mobile access so everyone can access what they need at any time.
IT is customer-driven: The competition for the best customer experience is heating up, and companies know that the end-user should be the priority. Improving productivity and the customer experience are two main areas that IT professionals are forced to prioritize.
SD-WAN will increasingly be chosen as a solution for supporting the modern infrastructure of cloud-based business solutions. You may be struggling to keep up with the requirements of your current management of cloud versus on-site software, but here’s why you should keep SD-WAN on your radar as you migrate to the cloud for various parts of your business processes:
Fast connectivity as you expand: Traditional multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) or leased lines can be expensive and take a long time to set up. With SD-WAN, you can have a new branch online in days and connect quickly to the company’s infrastructure.
Better security: One drawback with MPLS is that it doesn’t have inherent encryption. When you implement an SD-WAN solution, you also have firewalls, authentication, and web filters that bundle security needs for your enterprise.
Flexibility: SD-WAN supports cloud software and servers, but it can also accommodate traditional on-site systems. With SD-WAN, companies choosing a hybrid environment have no concerns about compatibility with their combination of cloud and on-site software.
Cost: Investing in SD-WAN is not a quick decision, but a cost analysis demonstrates that it’s a better use of IT resources than MPLS. SD-WAN does not require any hardware or other equipment, and it supports your adoption of cloud technology without any concerns about reliability, performance, or security.
Want to know more about SD-WAN? Make an appointment with us at Cory Communications to talk about your current network needs and how your business is changing. We’ll help you evaluate your unique situation and choose a solution that grows with your digital transformation.