Imagine This: The Fallout from a WAN Outage in Pharmaceutical Research

When the WannaCry ransomware spread across the globe in 2017, it infiltrated healthcare facilities everywhere from North Carolina to the United Kingdom. It disabled thousands of PCs and medical devices by exploiting the original version of Server Message Block (SMB) protocol, which was superseded in 2006 by SMB 2.0.

The incident underscored a long-term technical issue in healthcare – the persistence of legacy IT systems that are expensive to maintain, difficult to secure and yet seemingly too risky or costly to replace. Up to 15 percent of computers and web browsers in the industry are out of date, according to a 2017 BitSight report.

Mapping out the costs of outdated tech: the real price of relying on an MPLS WAN

That might not sound like a lot, but such prevalence of outdated technology leads to numerous data breaches and millions in damages for providers every year. Imagine the following scenario, concerning an outdated WAN:

Your organization is conducting pharmaceutical research. A company-wide unified communications implementation is deployed to ensure that teams distributed across numerous, far-flung offices can stay in touch with crisp VoIP calls and video conferences.

However, one day you notice that a voice call sounds choppy and that you're unable to even get a video feed up and running. The mishap delays the completion of a planned clinical trial. That puts even more pressure on your budget, at a time when R&D spending is already pretty high.

The root of the performance issue isn't a temporary glitch, but a fundamental problem with your low-bandwidth, expensive MPLS WAN. You never seem to have enough bandwidth, plus when new locations are added, whether by acquisition or organic growth, they might be waiting weeks or months to be added to the corporate WAN.

In this way, your MPLS WAN costs you much more than what you pay for the service; it also slows you down. What options do you have to break out of this cycle?

Moving past legacy tech with SD-WAN solutions

A failsafe SD-WAN from Talari Networks is a prime starting point. It delivers:

  • Zero-touch provisioning, so it's easy to add new locations, without having expert IT personnel on site.  These changes are automatically pushed to numerous branch sites in mere minutes.
  • Abstraction of the underlying modes of transport, whether MPLS, broadband, cellular or satellite, giving you flexibility and diversity in selecting cost-effective bandwidth based on local availability.
  • Excellent performance for real-time applications like VoIP and videoconferencing across your multi-link WAN fabric, even when leveraging "unreliable" broadband Internet connections.

With SD-WAN solutions, healthcare organizations can modernize their networks while improving application performance and availability and lowering management costs. To learn more about how a Talari SD-WAN can transform your operations, request a demo, or check out our cloud connectivity eBook below.

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