How SD-WAN assures uptime while easing complexity


If you have upgraded your laptop or even your phone within the last few years, it’s possible you have had to buy a few adapters. Many of these devices have dropped once-ubiquitous I/O like USB-A and the headphone jack in favor of a few multi-function ports, creating the need for dongles to support older accessories.

Traditional WAN vs. SD-WAN: Complexity vs. simplicity

In many WANs, having to juggle different carriers while supporting new and old applications can create similar complexity. Your organization might hold onto an MPLS plan that’s pricey but necessary for certain apps, even as more of your operations become dependent on newer cloud-based services. Workarounds such as backhauling MPLS traffic through the data center is the WAN equivalent of pricey adapters you keep losing track of – they constantly get in the way.

Software-defined WANs (SD-WANs) are more like universal adapters or multi-port docks, capable of seamlessly supporting different service providers and modes of transport from one convenient interface. The SD-WAN versus traditional WAN divide is vast when it comes to how well they help you manage network complexity:

  • SD-WAN solutions enable consistent uptime and application performance by ensuring the best possible path through the network, regardless of the underlying transport.
  • Zero-touch provisioning allows for fast and painless installations at remote or branch offices (ROBOs). An SD-WAN can scale to new ROBOs and accommodate evolving business requirements without requiring extensive and costly site visits.
  • Visibility and analytics are readily available in an SD-WAN. These insights help inform decisions about the network and any technical issues impacting last-mile performance.

A failsafe SD-WAN from Talari ultimately delivers a simpler, more streamlined experience than a conventional WAN, thanks to automation and a unique Quality of Experience engine for governing traffic flows. Features such as multipath selection, application prioritization and link aggregation contribute to more consistent network uptime and superior resiliency.

SD-WAN results in fewer outages and more savings

Instead of dealing with the complexity of troubleshooting an outage or service degradation at a ROBO manually and individually one-by-one, an SD-WAN can often prevent brownouts and blackouts from occurring in the first place. SD-WAN’s utility is especially high in light of the costs of downtime and the numerous new digital workloads being added to today’s WANs.

For virtually all organizations, an hour of downtime costs at least $100,000. At the same time, they are routinely adding new SaaS and cloud solutions, Internet of Things devices and ROBOs to their operations, raising the stakes even higher for keeping networks up and running with seamless, fast failover and bolstered WAN-link redundancy.

The redundancy and reliability of SD-WAN help your scale your network without undue risk from performance glitches, cyberattacks and other causes of downtime. Request a custom demo of a Talari SD-WAN today to learn more.

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