SD-WAN is the modern equivalent of “abracadabra” when it comes to network performance and management. As businesses continue a mass migration to cloud-based applications, they are finding traditional networks cannot keep up with user needs. A recent report from International Data Corporation (IDC) stated that given its central role in the future enterprise, “whole cloud spending – total worldwide spending on cloud services, the hardware and software components underpinning the cloud supply chain, and the professional/managed services opportunities around cloud services – will surpass $1.3 trillion by 2025 while sustaining a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.9%.”
Software defined wide area network (SD-WAN) solutions are particularly beneficial as organizations scale their networks to meet their growing needs. According to IDC, enterprise applications are more distributed than ever, and now because of COVID-19, the users accessing those applications are more distributed too. “As organizations look to support a hybrid workforce and cloud-native network architectures, SD-WAN infrastructure has become a critically important technology for enabling flexible, agile, and optimized connectivity,” said Ajeet Das, research director for Carrier Network Infrastructure at IDC. The reason is clear: SD-WAN capabilities enable secure connectivity for users to applications no matter where they’re hosted.
Reliable access to cloud services requires a resilient, diverse WAN architecture that provides seamless connectivity anywhere. SD-WAN delivers that connectivity for enterprise networks regardless of geographic distance, connection technology, or service provider. For businesses with remote branch offices, SD-WAN solutions simplify remote office connectivity, eliminate productivity-robbing downtime and in many instances cut IT expenses.
While there is no wand waving involved, SD-WAN can feel a bit like magic. You can deploy an SD-WAN solution with minimal impact to your network infrastructure. Price/performance is one of the biggest advantages of SD-WAN over traditional approaches. Early adopters of SD-WAN in many cases dramatically reduced their WAN equipment and operating costs – by more than half—while maintaining or improving application performance.
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As the requirements for bandwidth and uptime continue to grow, networks must keep pace. SD-WAN solutions allow businesses to improve network performance by economically increasing bandwidth, reducing latency, shaping traffic, monitoring connections and providing fail-proof VoIP.
Analysts estimate that SD-WAN solutions can curb hardware, software and support costs by at least 40% while increasing performance. In addition, operational costs are also dramatically decreased with SD-WAN by reducing WAN equipment, management and operations.
Traditional WAN networks are difficult to scale. They can be incredibly complex, and are customized manually, making adaptions and additions challenging as a business grows. SD-WAN is flexible, open and intelligent; integrating easily into existing network infrastructures. It also allows businesses to add new locations as needed with lower-cost connections.
For businesses experiencing growth that is outpacing their technology, SD-WAN is an easily adoptable solution that will cut costs and increase network performance. Ecessa’s progressive approach to SD-WAN provides easily deployable solutions today—while making room to expand as businesses grow and require more bandwidth and resources. Please contact us to discuss your network needs.