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How Branch Offices Can Consolidate Their Network Services Footprint
When it comes to branch offices, each location needs its own staff, networking, power, etc., which is both costly and logistically difficult to manage. Strapped for funds as well as manpower, many organizations end up with numerous branches that are greatly understaffed, even at a time when these offices play an increasingly important part in retaining customers and boosting revenue.
“Without sufficient personnel to tend to them, branch networks can become ungainly”
As a result of being spread too thin on branch offices, enterprises also run into another challenge – keeping up with the rapid changes in applications and network technology. Modern branch networks have a lot of moving parts, from Network Address Translation and firewalling to routing and analytics reporting. Knowledge of a wide range of products, services and vendors becomes mandatory. Without sufficient personnel to tend to them, branch networks can become too ungainly to allow for any efficient simplification or consolidation of branch presence as a whole.
Why you should pursue branch simplification
Fortunately, there are options for getting out of this jam – namely a branch office simplification solution which consolidates branch network services onto a single platform. Utilizing such an approach has the following benefits:
- Having all of your key network functions (like the ones we outlined above) consolidated into a single physical or virtual appliance reduces device sprawl and complexity, which then reduces the overall cost to support branch services.
- Centralized management helps streamline the deployment and ongoing management of branch services. IT staff can oversee all branch locations from the main data center or regional site, which means less time wrangling with their IT issues or sending technicians out to these sites to perform troubleshooting.
The latest release of Adaptive Private Networking by Talari Networks finally makes branch office simplification straightforward. It solves the problem of branch device sprawl by housing all essential functions, including encryption, firewalling, analytics and others, in one flexible and scalable solution. Basically, Talari’s latest release paves a road to having a “branch-in-a-box” or, alternatively, an all-in-one appliance that saves time, money and effort that would have otherwise gone toward maintaining the complex status quo.
SD-WAN and branch simplification synergy
An SD-WAN is a key service of branch simplification that ensures that all branches get the reliable connectivity they need. Networks paths are constantly monitored for jitter, packet loss and latency, so that the best ones can be selected for critical application traffic. Ultimately, this means that each branch can perform at a higher level than it did in the past, with fewer outages or drops in service quality. Getting more from less means that consolidation of equipment and branch IT teams is more feasible than ever before.
“SD-WAN helps ensure that all branches get the reliable connectivity they need.”
Overall, a branch office simplification solution provides a cost-effective, easy to deploy and manage network services infrastructure that addresses the business and user requirements of the modern branch location. To find out more, visit Talari.com and get started on your branch overhaul, and be sure to download our Branch Office Simplification whitepaper today!