Improving Networking with Security and AI
Mar 03, 2020
The reason software-defined wide-area networking has captivated so many businesses is because it brings together three key business functions in one solution. Those functions are networking, security and artificial intelligence (AI). The cloud also plays a big role in this networking solution due to the use of multiple cloud services.
Developing a multi-cloud enterprise, such as what a chain may do with multiple branches, creates a need for a centralized hub with controls over the entire system. Part of why SD-WAN is growing in popularity is because it simplifies complex systems. Here’s a deeper look at how SD-WAN technology is enabling this powerful convergence of business necessities.
Network Challenges of the Past, Present, and Future
Much of the AI revolution has been driven by automation, but as machine learning software advances, it’s leading to real-time decision-making. Studying the evolution of WANs makes it easy to see why the virtualization element is serving growing IoT needs.
One of the key challenges for WANs of the past involved meeting the requirements of SaaS cloud solutions. The reason why SaaS vendors have become an important part of the mix is because they don’t require a big learning curve or a big upfront investment. While traditional WANs are insufficient to support SaaS, SD-WAN systems facilitate using several ofthem.
Current challenges involve cloud security issues due to “shadow IT,” which is when workers download apps without the knowledge of IT administrators. This situation creates security risks, as it’s common for many people to download apps without checking to make sure they are legitimate. SD-WAN provides controls for policy-setting so that employees simply cannot access unauthorized digital resources.
In the future, challenges may deal with autonomous networking, in which AI technology will develop networks capable of making real-time decisions.
Other areas of concern in this field will be the need for even newer and more intelligent ways to deliver data. A newapproach toward SD-WAN is called Secure Access Service Edge (SASE), introduced by Gartner. SASE, now in its infancy,bundles andtransforms SD-WAN elements into one cloud service. It offers a solution for troubleshooting WANs.
Where Networking Is Going
The developmentof the SD-WAN technology market has been somewhat plagued by the use of the term “WAN” in the name due to past problems. But the more business leaders learn about the benefits of software-defined WAN, the more they realize it’s an upgrade compared to more traditional WANs of the past few decades.
The increasing spread of IoT technology is one of the keys that will help accelerate the adoption of SD-WANs. Any business, for example, that worries about bandwidth limitations should consider this more modern, virtualized type of WAN. Virtualization allows for a more streamlined management environment byputting all necessary controls on one screen for administrators. It allows you to view and monitor allnetworks and devices in one place.
SD-WAN is also paving the way for broader use of IoT sensors. They are an appropriate solution for delivering high volumes of Big Data, especially for various branches within a chain. And with more data transmission, better security is needed. The software allows for AI and automation to deliver cyber warnings, enabling more decision-making when it comes to blocks attackers. These solutions will lead to more sophisticated security at network edges, across IoT devices and throughout the cloud.
One ongoing business trend is the growing use of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) workplaces. This concept is popular because it significantly reduces the cost of hardware andtraining.However, the more devices that populate business networks, the more need there will be for constantly improving security. SD-WAN solutions are effective at updating themselves when it comes to staying current with security solutions.
Additionally, the advent of applications that analyze other applications in terms of data flow, security and optimization is creating a whole new business landscape. Enterprises choosing SD-WAN as the basis of their infrastructures will have a huge competitive edge at delivering IoT data.
The emergence of SD-WAN technology has given businesses of all sizes a high-quality option for networking. The reason this market is likely to grow is because it resolves several potentially expensive growth issuesthat Big Data presents. Look for more talk in the future across various industries around how SD-WANs are built for efficiency to support theevolution of AI and IoT.
Get in touch with us at QOS Networksto learn more about how SD-WAN solutions can help you build a better network for your business.