To look at the hype surrounding SD-WAN, it’s a wonder no one has yet said it will cure cancer and make perfect golden toast every morning, possibly even using the toast to cure the cancer. Some of the myths, however, are cause for alarm, and causes for alarm turn into objections very quickly. With that in mind, here are four of the biggest SD-WAN myths, and how you can beat them.
Myth: Saving money is the only benefit SD-WAN can offer.
How to beat it: SD-WAN doesn’t just save money. It can improve network management operations by offering active monitoring, as well as letting IT staff focus on other projects thanks to greater automation in network performance reporting and other scores. A network that performs better also allows a business to lower opportunity costs, which potentially means more revenue in hand.
Myth: SD-WAN will complicate my current WAN.
How to beat it: An SD-WAN deployment can be complex, which makes it seem like the end result is a newly-complicated network where there was much less complication before. But once the SD-WAN is deployed and in place, it can do its job of simplifying the network. Some believe that overlay networks make network visualization more complex, but since overlay networks make the network itself easier to manage, the overall complexity is reduced.
Myth: SD-WAN will make my current WAN worthless.
How to beat it: SD-WAN is an overlay technology, as noted previously, which requires an underlay in order to work. If there’s nothing under it, then it’s not an overlay. The current WAN is still a part of the picture, but it’s improved by SD-WAN’s capabilities. Whether the business in question has a standard WAN or a hybrid WAN, it will still be put to use when SD-WAN steps in.
Myth: SD-WAN only works with operations that stay in one place.
How to beat it: SD-WAN does require a location that stays in one place, but it can be adapted to work with not only permanent sites, but sites that are only permanent for a short time: temporary sites. An SD-WAN isn’t mobile, but it’s actually been recommended for not only retail operations—which can be around a matter of weeks in some cases—but also for energy and construction operations.
How Do I Get Started Offering SD-WAN?
With these four myths now readily beaten, you’ll be in a much better position to offer SD-WAN. So to get the service in place, get in touch with us at Innovative Business Solutions. We currently support over 500 partners in a wide range of industries, so if you’re ready to offer SD-WAN to your customers, just drop us a line to get started.