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.
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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 increasing bandwidth, reducing latency, shaping traffic, monitoring connections and providing fail-proof VoIP.
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.
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.