Internet and communications technologies form the backbone of growing businesses. Without reliable, flexible, and scalable internet connectivity that facilitates extensive data sharing, businesses risk costly delays and downtime. Today’s businesses are focusing on increasing digital traffic assets to enhance the performance of their wide area networks (WANs) and keep up with consumer demands. Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) technology is emerging as a networking approach that delivers several solutions. This technology enhances networking agility and reliability, while also reducing overall IT costs. SD-WAN networking works by offering the benefits of software-defined networking (SDN) but in a wide area network. SD-WAN virtualizes resources to supply enhanced performance, accelerated services delivery, and improved availability. SD-WAN technology is predicted to become the top networking system in coming years. According to Gartner, a research and advisory company, spending on SD-WAN products will reach $1.3 billion by 2020. Affordability, performance, and security are three reasons why SD-WAN technology is rising to prominence.
- Reduced Cost. Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) is a data-carrying technique that was developed in the 1990s to support high-performance internet and telephone communications networks. While MPLS networks have been the standard for years, the necessity of physical labor and expensive line installation can drain a company’s IT budget. SD-WAN reduces reliance on expensive lines while also facilitating the best performance of critical applications and preventing downtime due to installation, maintenance, and repair. A fully virtualized SD-WAN not only eliminates the physical costs of networking but also offers better security and performance.
- Stronger Security. Historically, advancements in hacking and cybercrime have evolved alongside advancements in useful technology. Businesses, consumers, and large organizations must be vigilant to avoid costly and demoralizing data breaches. Although wide area networks are often a hacking target, due to the various access points available, SD-WAN networking gives businesses the tools to stop hackers in their tracks. Essentially, SD-WAN networks can introduce, install, monitor, update, and maintain cyber security protocols at the foundational level. Each branch that uses the network will automatically have uniform security in place. Furthermore, SD-WAN networks can use micro-segmentation and layering to target and control specific types of traffic. These security features work in concert without negatively affecting performance.
- Better Performance. SD-WAN networking achieves flexible, agile, powerful performance through automation and smart traffic control. Traditional wired WAN networks for large organizations are often at the mercy of bandwidth constraints and the maintenance of each branch’s physical capabilities and limitations. This results the possibility of latency issues and even costly downtime. SD-WAN networking avoids these complications while also providing intelligent path control that steers traffic based on application and any other number of selected variables.
SD-WAN networking provides several benefits over traditional wired networks. SD-WAN networks can even be adapted to a business’s existing telecommunications structure, optimizing networking for costs, security, and performance. If you’re thinking of installing an SD-WAN network, call the experts at California Telecom. We excel in both industry knowledge and customer service. No matter the scope of your project, we’ll be on call, 24/7.