With an increased use of software-based systems and applications, the need for better and more nuanced connectivity is driven by a general migration to the cloud. At the center of the push for an improved customer experience are enterprise networks, with a demand for faster and better network performance and uninterrupted connectivity. As a result, they’re investing in software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) to guarantee network performance.
Enterprises recognize that the advantages of investing in cloud solutions depend on reliable network support. What good is an agile, flexible application for an improved customer experience if the network is plagued by downtime or latency?
MPLS gets its walking papers: Traditionally, enterprises have used multi-protocol label switching lines to ensure reliable connectivity. While offering simplicity, this option is losing favor as data volumes increase due to cloud solutions and Internet of Things (IoT) devices pumping data over pathways. MPLS is a relatively costly solution, and installation can take weeks, causing agile and fast-growing enterprises to look for a better and more cost-effective solution.
In addition, enterprises using MPLS find that it’s only as good as the provider’s network and how well that network is being managed. Companies increasingly experience downtime with MPLS due to its aging technology and the lack of innovation surrounding its use. MPLS WANs are not flexible and there’s no control when it comes to prioritizing packets, which can be a key concern for enterprises utilizing Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) for voice and video communications.
How SD-WAN solves network challenges: SD-WAN is more flexible than MPLS lines and is considerably more cost-effective. SD-WAN offers resiliency when delivered over multi-path aggregated pathways, making it possible for users to access the right systems. It is also scalable, making it easy and convenient for enterprises to add users and lines as needed.
SD-WAN allows the enterprise to prioritize traffic based on business policy, accessing public Internet for low-priority data transmissions that don’t require real-time connectivity, such as email or employees on break downloading YouTube videos. For enterprises with multiple locations, SD-WAN’s zero-touch provisioning and configuration improves productivity and reduces travel time and costs. All troubleshooting, maintenance, and upgrades are conducted through a virtual overlay on the physical network. Network operators enjoy a high level of control and visibility over the network.
For today’s enterprise, the network and its level of performance are the driving factors for remaining competitive in the marketplace. Investing in the network is a necessity for survival in an era where a system being even briefly offline sends customers immediately to a competitor’s site.
If you’re working with clients investing in their network infrastructure, contact us at SimpleWAN. We can walk you through the advantages of SD-WAN, including the particular benefits a client can expect in their specific business setting.