When I speak with business owners and executives these days about critical business essentials, reliable Internet access is always at or near the top of their list. In 2021, the technology of SD WAN is making a name by addressing these concerns.
Businesses today are relying on cloud technology in rapidly increasing numbers. According to this piece from Gartner, spending on cloud services reached a staggering $257.5 billion in 2020, and is projected to increase 18% in 2021 to $304.9 billion. The piece quotes Gartner’s research vice president Sid Nag pointing out that “The pandemic validated cloud’s value proposition.”
True enough. COVID-19 forced lockdown and distancing requirements on all of us. If your business didn’t have an existing cloud strategy, it’s likely the new requirements forced you to make some costly accommodations. Companies with cloud strategies in place could more easily pivot to a remote workforce, while server-based companies needed to quickly enable remote access or allow workers into the physical location for access to critical information.
So How Does SD WAN Make The Difference?
With the Internet being so essential for doing business, companies have traditionally planned for outages by using a firewall to add another Internet connection. This works in most cases, but your business will lose any connection you are currently using, calls will drop, and data being input can be lost.
The reason for this is that most firewalls are failover devices…meaning they can only support one connection at a time. The failover may be quick, but it’s not seamless.
An SD WAN (Software Defined Wide Area Network) changes that with a different approach. SD WAN technology uses multiple connections at the same time, in conjunction with each other, so that in a connection failure the service stays connected through the other connections.
As a result, SD WAN is always on, and your business benefits from the redundancy of multiple connections. SD WAN improves speed and performance as well…with aggregated connections, the network allows for greater speed and throughput.
Cory Communications has worked with multiple clients and sales partners to provide both the appliance for SD WAN and a wide range of Internet access options for their business. We’ve found that in many cases, we can replace dedicated single connections with multiple connections, which both adds reliability and reduces costs.
Since SD WAN appliances are available in many flavors, before implementing it it’s best to consult with your IT professional first. Need help finding one? At Cory, we partner with several IT professional companies, and we are more than happy to point you in the right direction to make the right choice for your business. Contact us today to find out how we can help.