The Top 5 Benefits of SD-WAN

IT managers will know the importance of an agile, cost-effective and secure wide area network, and will want to be sure they are using the most suitable solution. Read on to discover the key benefits and opportunities that SD-WAN offers.

What is SD-WAN?

SD-WAN (Software-Defined Wide-Area Networking) is a highly secure, software-based approach to wide area networking solutions. SD-WAN technology connects multiple sites together in a virtual private network environment with tangible benefits which are listed below.

Mike van Bunnens, managing director at Comms365, has seen an increase in demand for SD-WAN amongst customers as a result of these benefits. He said: “SD-WAN solutions are having a positive impact on businesses’ ability to streamline processes and improve performance.”

The Benefits of SD-WAN

1. Visibility, Flexibility and Control

SD-WAN offers a flexible and agile approach to networking, offering network engineers and administrators the benefit of more access and operational control compared to traditional networking technologies such as MPLS. A user Portal provides granular visibility of site network performance and allows adds, moves and changes to be made easily within minutes.

2. Fast to Deploy and Easy to Expand

Following solution design, a multi-site software defined network can be deployed within a matter of days. Single site additions can also be deployed in days, making network expansion quick and simple. In contrast, traditional MPLS networks can take weeks or months to deploy. In addition, there is no limit to the number of sites that can be connected and managed through the software platform.

3. Use Any Mix of Connectivity

SD-WAN solutions can use any mix of connectivity, including 4G, ADSL, FTTC and Ethernet, which can be determined at customer sites individually to provide the optimal service. This means that there is no reliance on a single carrier or provider. SD-WAN can also overlay existing MPLS networks as a hybrid configuration allowing new sites to be brought onto the network or to replace out of contract sites in a smooth transition from MPLS to the new software-managed network.

4. Secure and Reliable

SD-WAN is highly secure, providing a fully secure multi-site private WAN based on industry standard encryption. Comms365’s SD-WAN solution offers enhanced functionality including automatic, resilient failover onto the same static IP address. This increases reliability and uptime, maintaining a secure connection to the WAN. Quality of Service (QoS) for VoIP/UC is delivered over any ISP connection, including 4G.

5. Cost Effective

Software defined networking is a highly cost-effective solution, with Comms365’s SD-WAN solution particularly suited to SME budgets. For international networks, SD-WAN can provide significant savings as an alternative to expensive international MPLS access links.

Convinced by the benefits?

Comms365 is one of the fastest growing SD-WAN service providers, with hundreds of sites deployed both in the UK and internationally. Comms365’s SD-WAN solution is powered by class-leading Software Defined Networking (SDN) technology including class leading circuit bonding features. If you’re interested in SD-WAN, we can help.

You can rest assured that you’re buying the best by looking at our recent awards wins. We’ve won several industry awards and commendations including Best Innovative Technology at the Bright Sparc Awards, inclusion on the Leading Edge platform for Innovatory Solutions, and Best Innovation and Technology at the MK Business Achievement Awards.

Contact our Sales Team on 01234 865880, email to discuss further or book a demonstration now.

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