The Three Magic Words of SD-WAN

There is no “Abracadabra” when it comes to network performance or management, but there is SD-WAN. With businesses moving to cloud-based application, storage and computing at an ever-increasing rate, traditional networks are failing to keep up. In a recent Technology Overview of SD-WAN, Gartner predicted that businesses will increase their usage of public cloud services by over 20% CAGR through 2018, noting that SD-WAN solutions will be particularly beneficial as organizations scale their networks to meet their growing needs.

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. (Ta-da!)

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. Gartner states that “price/performance is one of the biggest advantages of SD-WAN over traditional approaches,” and has observed early adopters dramatically reducing their WAN equipment and operating costs – by more than half—while maintaining or improving application performance.

The Three Magic Words of SD-WAN:

1. Performance
As the requirements for bandwidth and uptime continue to grow, networks must keep pace. SD-WAN solutions allow businesses to improve network performance by increasing bandwidth, reducing latency, shaping traffic, monitoring connections and providing fail-proof VoIP.

2. Price
Gartner estimates 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.

3. Scalability
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 in and increase network performance. Ecessa’s crawl-walk-run approach to SD-WAN provides easily deployable solutions today—while making room to grow as their businesses grow and the speed at which businesses operate increases.