Digital transformation is helping a lot of enterprises take steps to improve the end-user experience and streamline business processes, adding both efficiency and more opportunities to innovate. Many of the developments include implementing cloud systems or launching a fleet of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, which each put new pressures on network speed and traffic. These and other challenges may be answered with the deployment of software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN).
SD-WAN remedies many of the common network problems that enterprises are facing, but it also comes with some other unique benefits:
Reliable network performance: As IoT and cloud computing ramp up traffic to the Internet, enterprises need a way to reduce the amount of time spent troubleshooting and allow productivity to run at speed. SD-WAN allows the IT team to set policies for taking advantage of all possible bandwidth and prioritize critical data transmissions.
Centralized management: SD-WAN provides excellent visibility into the network with centralized management. When it’s time to troubleshoot or do routine maintenance on the network, there’s no need to send a technician out to a branch location. All network management can be done on a centralized dashboard.
Quick branch deployment: Running network support for an organization with multiple locations can get complicated, unless there’s SD-WAN. Branches can be brought online through the centralized management hub, and there’s no need for anyone to go out to the location and configure the router or do other setup.
Reduced costs: SD-WAN offers more than one way to lower network costs. First, enterprises can take advantage of various types of broadband connections, prioritizing items like a video conference connection over an employee streaming a video on their break. In addition, the subscription-based model allows for the investment in SD-WAN to be categorized as a monthly operating expense, rather than the typical capital investment in hardware and software associated with an updated network.
Better security: The high level of visibility allows network operators to see any unusual activity occurring in the network. In addition, SD-WAN provides a way to segment certain types of traffic, such as data flowing to and from IoT devices. When there’s a problem, technicians can identify the source quickly and handle it right away.
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