7 Things You Might Not Know About SD-WAN

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7 Things You Might Not Know About SD-WAN

Sep 05, 2018

SD-WAN, and all of its noise, is a technology that isn’t always simply understood. Here are a few things you might not know about SD-WAN.

There are a lot of improvements and features that come with SD-WAN, most of which can be used in many different applications and enterprise environments. The high levels of customization allow you to configure your network to suit your needs, no matter what stage your business is in. If you have many different remote locations or need temporary sites, then the ability to securely overlay pre-existing connection, while connecting to headquarters will save you time and money with the various connections you can use and the simple monitoring.

  1. Quick Deployment

  2. Easy Servicing

  3. Increased Efficiency

    • Automating as many operations as possible improves efficiency and reliability. Both lead to reduced operating expenses and more network uptime. Because less time is spent on small details like configuring and monitoring networks, more time can be allocated to bigger projects and less issues arise from human errors. Not only does this help IT staff, it also reduces slowdowns and outages that could affect other employees or customers.
  4. Security

    • While a faster network and easier set up is great, it means nothing if your network isn’t secure. SD-WAN makes it easy to setup protective measures and cloud security services that integrate into your connection, so your business can stay protected. Because of the fine control and monitoring allowed through the VeloCloud edge, every device is authenticated and all traffic is encrypted. Having automatic packet level inspection ensures that no previously encrypted data gets double encrypted, guaranteeing there are no needless slowdowns. A big perk of the control plane being separated is the ease of inserting security services. It’s simple to segment the network so a retail branch can be PCI compliant and safety handle payments or easily insert security measures like gateway antivirus or data loss prevention at headquarters, the data center, or in the cloud.
  5. Environmentally Friendly

    • A branch using SD-WAN only needs one VeloCloud edge. This means you don’t need a separate device for different functions, such as a firewall, web filtering, or load-balancing. Also, because SD-WAN overlays onto pre-existing technologies, there’s no need to install new infrastructure. Your network can re-use the cabling from broadband, the wireless infrastructure for cellular services, or just take advantage of MPLS circuits if you already have those installed.

 

If you’re rapidly expanding and need more WAN bandwidth, then the quick deployment, Dynamic Multi-Path Optimization, and easy servicing will allow your company to focus on the expansion without worrying about how your network can keep up.

Or maybe you’re already established and have sizably grown, then you’ll especially benefit from the Dynamic Multi-Path Optimization, simple monitoring, and easy servicing among the other benefits.

Whatever stage your company is in, SD-WAN has many potential benefits that you can take advantage of. If you have any questions, contact QOS to learn how we can assist you.

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