If You’re Thinking About Moving to SD-WAN, You’re in Good Company
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What is SD-WAN?
SD-WAN, short for Software-Defined Wide Area Networking, employs a software-based controller that automates service management and implements policy-based routing over multiple connection types (e.g., MPLS, Internet, wireless, etc.).
SD-WAN essentially adds a layer of intelligence that provides real-time control and visibility over network and application performance. This, in turn, lets you boost your bandwidth with widely available, low-cost broadband by overcoming the security, reliability and performance challenges to using the Internet for critical business applications.
Check out the diagram below from one of our great SD-WAN partners, TPx Communications:
What Are Your SD-WAN Options?
Our managed services architects will work with you to build a customized solution. Your WAN can become a symphony of private network and OTT Internet connectivity. When shopping for SD-WAN, make sure you understand the potential differences among solutions. Here are a few examples of key questions you should ask, keeping your applications, staff capabilities and organizational preferences in mind:
At the highest level, there are two primary approaches to deploying SD-WAN. The first is to buy a software platform and implement it in your network environment. The second is to subscribe to a service-based solution, wherein the SD-WAN platform is delivered as a service by a managed service provider.
Some providers offer continuity for Internet only or their own provided circuits. Our partners provide active/active/active continuity for Internet, MPLS, Customer Provided circuit, all in active/active mode so you can utilize the bandwidth you’ve paid for. Take advantage of cost-effective 4G LTE.
A managed service provider typically offers engineering support for the initial SD-WAN deployment as well as ongoing monitoring and management. Some may even manage third-party network providers. In an unmanaged scenario, your organization deploys and manages its own SD-WAN technology and deals with phone-based carrier support.
Many providers require at least one of their own network circuits to be used in the SD-WAN solution; others will deploy their SD-WAN solution on top of any Internet connection regardless of the provider.
Some SD-WAN providers offer solutions that do not integrate with firewalls and thus are incompatible with MPLS-based VPNs. Other SD-WAN providers, may incorporate security (e.g., firewall, IPsec, encryption, etc.) and can enable a hybrid WAN by extending your MPLS VPN to remote locations over low-cost, high-bandwidth Internet connections.
Some platforms support WAN optimization natively, while others either don’t support it or require third-party integrations. Our partners offer link aggregation, TCP optimization, forward error correction (FEC) and other optimization features that are critical to supporting real-time application performance.
Some SD-WAN solutions require an upfront spend on software licenses and hardware. We offer a subscription-based service, with an easy upgrade path to any of its MSx Managed SD-WAN solutions once the Managed Service Router is installed on premises.