The Top Business Benefits of SD-WAN
By Mark Nicoll
It’s clear that in 2020 businesses are increasingly embracing digital transformation. As we keep up with market trends, customer demands and increased competition, traditional network architectures are struggling to handle the complexities of a cloud-centric world.
However, Software-Defined Wide-Area Networking (SD-WAN) is a positive shift in the way a wide area network deploys and manages, and it delivers a number of real-world business benefits. We take a look at the top business benefits of SD-WAN and explain why industry experts see SD-WAN as the way forward.
What is SD-WAN?
SD-WAN is a software approach to managing WAN, offering ease of deployment, central manageability and reduced costs, improving connectivity to branch offices and the cloud. SD-WAN solutions deploy as an overlay technology to an existing topology, enabling ease of integration and adoption.
SD-WAN is quickly becoming the choice for all businesses wanting to take advantage of modern bandwidth heavy applications to deliver superior customer experiences and gain competitive differentiation.
SD-WAN’s role in business
As the demand for flexible and reliable technology grows, SD-WAN is being adopted across multiple application areas and verticals. SD-WAN has emerged as a viable solution to address challenges from simple legacy WAN systems as well as management of applications and assets.
As more users are connecting from remote locations to a company’s network via 4G, LTE or broadband internet, industries such as telecom, retail, manufacturing and healthcare need to handle more intricate networks and are facing realistic security threats.
The use of smart IoT devices has also aggravated the complexity of enterprise networks, encouraging the implementation of SD-WAN for managing connected devices and network visibility.
Alliance SI business benefits of SD-WAN
1. Better security.
SD-WAN solutions offer better built-in security. It’s important to find SD-WAN solutions that provide a wide range of integrated security features such as NGFW, IPS, encryption and sandboxing capabilities that can help prevent data loss, downtime, regulatory violations and legal liabilities.
With SD-WAN, network traffic is encrypted and the network is segmented to improve security when sending sensitive files.
2. Improves performance.
SD-WAN can be configured to prioritise business-critical traffic and real time services like Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). By using SD-WAN to facilitate critical applications through reliable, high performance connections, your business can reduce latency issues and provide a better experience for end users.
3. Reduces CAPEX and OPEX.
CAPEX is significantly reduced through replacing expensive, proprietary network hardware with SD-WAN software. OPEX is also greatly reduced as rolls for installation and upgrades are eliminated, hands-on time at branch sites are minimised and system scalability is assured without hardware refreshes.
This means SD-WAN offers simpler routers, and a more centralised control equates to huge savings for businesses.
4. More flexibility.
SD-WAN is designed to enable maximum agility and flexibility. By moving away from the complexities of multiple transport methods, SD-WAN allows businesses to meet the varying demands of cloud workloads and scale up or down with ease.
SD-WAN also allows businesses to customise their bandwidth and roll out network wide updates from a single point of control.
5. Increases scalability.
SD-WAN can operate as an overlay to an existing network, providing you tools to grow rapidly without impacting the stability or configuration of your infrastructure.
This means that as your business grows, you can scale its deployment when your traffic increases.
Gain a competitive edge with SD-WAN
We know how important it is to stay connected and productive in a cloud-centric world. At Alliance SI, we have extensive experience in SD-WAN. Our forward-thinking network solutions will meet your project well into the future.
We can help you implement a smarter pathway control system to steer network traffic, allow greater flexibility in transport protocols and simplify the management of layers such as firewalls and identity management.
Our team is passionate about creating innovative systems that surpass expectations, and you can be confident that our expert team can help you integrate secure, resilient and efficient SD-WAN solutions into your network.
Are YOU ready for Alliance SI to deploy SD-WAN in YOUR business?
SD-WAN is a step up from traditional WAN and MPLS networking solutions in terms of performance, security, scalability, and ease of management.
If you’re ready to better align your network to digital transformation and cloud initiatives, come and talk to the team at Alliance SI.
We’ve laid the foundations for secure, resilient and dependable corporate networks for more than 40 years. We are proudly vendor independent and have certification from a range of vendor partners, including Cisco Systems and Huawei.
We support our clients with the best possible project design and implementation. Our work with you starts with an audit on your current network infrastructure and we can offer a proven solution based on your specific business needs.
Contact us today to discuss how we can deliver SD-WAN to suit your business needs.