Connectivity & SD-WAN

flexible, yet comprehensive solutions for controlling traffic & optimizing connectivity

Connectivity & SD-WAN

In this day and age, companies large and small are concerned with the logistics of connecting users to applications in a secure and efficient manner.  The ability to intelligently connect users and direct traffic through a dedicated network infrastructure, regardless of device and transport service, can help to increase speed and performance of applications, improve the user experience, and ultimately result in lower costs and increased productivity.

How can you make it happen?  SD-WAN provides the flexible, yet comprehensive solutions you seek for controlling traffic, optimizing connectivity, and going beyond the capabilities of hardware alone.  What is SD-WAN and what can you expect when you choose this solution as part of your managed services from SubjectData?

What is SD-WAN?

A software-defined wide area network, or SD-WAN, is a type of WAN architecture that is virtual, or based on software-defined networking. In other words, it allows for traffic management via software, rather than relying solely on hardware.

Older WAN systems routed traffic based on physical object definitions, such as TCP/IP addresses and ACLs associated with specific devices. This model relied heavily on conventional routers working through a centralized hub, resulting in limited function, slow speeds, and poor user experience.

SD-WAN, on the other hand, is designed for cloud capabilities, supporting applications and implementing security in a much more agile way. Users no longer have to connect through a central hub, such as a corporate data center, to ensure secure access to applications. They can now do so much more efficiently via software solutions that safely and effectively route a variety of connection types (MPLS, LTE, broadband, etc.).

Benefits of SD-WAN

Choosing SD-WAN infers incredible benefits for companies of all sizes. First and foremost, it provides a safe and efficient means of connectivity that virtually bypasses antiquated, hardware-based methodologies. While users enjoy increased speed and performance, businesses gain visibility into their network across branches, along with increased management and optimization capabilities.

By switching to a software-defined solution, companies also enjoy greater flexibility to manage their networks, expand connection types, and choose vendors when building networks. All of these benefits deliver the further advantage of reducing costs and increasing productivity. Not all SD-WAN technology is created equally, so it’s important to partner with a qualified expert like SubjectData to make sure you find the business-driven solutions that are right for you.

Optimizing Connectivity

Managing and maintaining physical routing hardware across branches can be expensive and time-consuming, and frankly, it’s more of a headache than its worth, considering the advantages of modern alternatives like SD-WAN. With software-based services, you can ditch the pricey hardware and better scale and manage connectivity in the cloud.

Not only does SD-WAN increase connectivity across devices and connection types for improved user experience, but it allows businesses to better manage their resources, easily switching transports as needed to effectively manage bandwidth and expand to new branches.

Flexible Overlay Capabilities

With older technologies, traffic congestion resulted in reduced connectivity and poor user experience. The virtual overlay offered by SD-WAN can adapt automatically to steer traffic for greater performance in real time, without the need for manual intervention or constant monitoring. This improves efficiency and user experience and leaves businesses free to focus on other concerns.

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