SD-WAN (Software Defined Wide Area Network) is the next generation of network management.
It provides powerful new capabilities and valuable benefits for businesses. Like traditional WANs, SD-WAN connects a company’s offices, headquarters, off-site locations, servers and other assets, enabling the sharing of resources and applications in many different places. SD-WAN, however, provides a great deal more flexibility, and it can be significantly less costly than WAN technologies such as MPLS.
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The Brains are in the Cloud The big difference and source of many of SD-WAN’s benefits is how it allows users to manage the network. SD-WAN moves the “brains” of the network’s hardware to a software level. This provides powerful, centralized control of many different hardware functions and capabilities. It is extremely flexible, allowing a business to custom install SD-WAN for its specific needs. It can be enabled to function in four primary areas: broadband aggregation, application prioritization, dynamic bandwidth, and Network Firewall Virtualization (NFV).
SD-WAN provides network solutions that that not only meet or exceed those offered by traditional WAN technologies, but can also provide additional capabilities, such as redundancy, application acceleration, dynamic bandwidth to large cloud providers and more. SD-WAN enables you to manage your network more effectively, optimize your connections, maximize your efficiency and save cost in many cases.
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10 Key Benefits of SD-WAN
- Best Overall Value and Functionality
- Agility and Speed When Adding Locations
- Redundancy, Scalability and Fault Tolerance
- Quality of Experience for Critical Applications
- Simplification of Operations
- Connectivity to Other Cloud-Based Solutions
- Dynamic Bandwidth
- Cost Effective Upgrades
- Support Whenever You Need It
- Application Acceleration and Optimization
For more on how SD-WAN can work for your business, read Grudi Associates’ article: SD-WAN: Simplified.