Two Truths and a Lie – SD-WAN Edition

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Two Truths and a Lie SD-WAN Edition

Aug 03, 2018

There is a lot of SD-WAN noise in the market right now. We made it through the birth of the cloud, the market confusion that followed, and now it’s time to get our networks caught up to speed – which means a whole new market confusion. As companies research their best vendor choices, courses of deployment, and all the changes that come with a digitally transforming world, it’s not always easy to determine what is, and isn’t, #FakeNews. In this SD-WAN edition of two truths and a lie, can you spot the lie in these three SD-WAN statements?

  1. SD-WAN is not a replacement for your traditional Internet or MPLS
  2. SD-WAN solutions are specific to a particular carrier and don’t play nice with complex networks
  3. Central management of your network is easy

As a natural evolution to the ever-virtualizing world we operate in today, SD-WAN has taken an industry that hadn’t had much major development 10 years ago, and turned it into the current buzz. The marketplace is a frenzy as the current spend predictions head into the multi-billions of dollars in the next couple years. So how do you navigate the who, what, when, and why of SD-WAN in your own business?

Which of these is a lie?

  1. SD-WAN is not a replacement for your traditional Internet or MPLS

There are a few different “SD-WAN” solutions out there, each with their own niche and specializations. VMware’s VeloCloud, for example, is complimentary to your existing Internet or MPLS network. What that means is that even though you are overhauling your WAN, it doesn’t mean you are starting from scratch. Your new SD-WAN solution will integrate with your existing network, but with the benefits of all of those features you keep hearing about with SD-WAN – reduced jitter, lower latency, improved stability, etc. Which means, this one is true!

  1. SD-WAN solutions are specific to a particular carrier and don’t play nice with complex networks

Let’s talk about the need for SD-WAN and it’s birth. As businesses continued to expand their operations, building out data center operations, deploying SaaS applications, and moving to the cloud, the requirements of a network to handle such a high capacity increased. SD-WAN was built to work with complex networks, to juggle multiple network connections, and to work with organizations with tens, hundreds, or thousands of locations, no matter their geographic locations. The benefit of this revolutionized network offering is that it was designed with the complex network in mind. This one is the lie!

  1. Central management of your network is easy

While this sounds too good to be true, SD-WAN makes it easier to manage your entire environment in a more central capacity. VeloCloud, for example, offers their own orchestrator that allows a user to manage and monitor their network from a single location. QOS Networks added an extra spin on this and offers support to customers who don’t want to handle management all on their own. QOS is proactive about their management, providing new SD-WAN adopters the ease of mind that their solution will work, and long-term users the ability to focus on other IT projects and leave the network administrator to the specialists. This one is also true!

As SD-WAN continues to evolve and networks continue to get more complex and dispersed, businesses need to have a trusted source for the latest and greatest to make their networks perform at its peak. QOS Networks offers that to their customers, ensuring that no matter the complexity or configuration, that QOS can help to ensure their WAN is at its more efficient.

 

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