Enterprises are recognizing the benefits of investing in cloud technology, but as the complexity of the IT environment grows, so does the complexity of the network. The flow of data in and out of the network has significantly increased, and the backhauling of branch location network traffic often creates a situation in which a multi-location enterprise network becomes too costly. Many enterprises are turning to cloud networking to solve these problems.
From the drastic increase in the number of endpoints (laptops, mobile devices, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, etc.) to the sheer data flow expansion, the amount of traffic running through an enterprise network has exponentially increased. For multi-location entities, the complexity only multiplies.
For many enterprises, the answer to these challenges lies in cloud networking. Cloud technology adds a virtual plane over the physical network that provides engineers with enhanced control over a variety of areas. Here are four benefits to cloud networking:
Centralized visibility and troubleshooting: For organizations in a growth trajectory that are launching new branches on a regular basis, cloud networking options like software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) deliver a control plane where new branches can be configured remotely. When there’s a connectivity issue, network engineers can troubleshoot from headquarters, removing the need to travel to the branch to determine the cause of the problem.
Better security: With multiple branches, dozens or hundreds of IoT endpoints, and a variety of network traffic types, network engineers have the ability to quickly identify and isolate any kind of security threat. This means if there’s a suspected breach at a particular branch, engineers are able to protect the rest of the network from being affected.
Optimizing traffic: Many enterprises have favored multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) for their networks because it is highly reliable, but it is also more costly than other types of networking. By using cloud networking solutions, network administrators can set business policy to direct mission-critical traffic to reliable MPLS pathways, but utilize the public internet for less important traffic such as customers in a retail store that are accessing social media while they browse.
Reducing costs: Not only can enterprises reduce their use of MPLS pathways, but the cost of cloud networking itself is also set up to allow for more affordable network solutions. There’s little to no hardware investment, and the monthly subscription fee is categorized as an operating expense, rather than a capital investment. In addition, the enterprise pays only for the number of subscriptions they need. As new branch locations are launched, or a set of holiday kiosks is shut down, the use of cloud networking can easily scale up or down to match the needs of the enterprise.
To learn more about how cloud networking solutions like SD-WAN are the ideal choice for multi-location organizations, contact us at SimpleWAN. We can help determine the ideal network solution for any organization looking for answers to network complexity in the cloud age.