Manufacturing The Perfect Network: How SD-WAN Can Support The Manufacturing Industry

Just like any other industry, manufacturers have specific needs, particularly when it comes to the network that supports companies’ critical infrastructure. The WAN not only connects different branches in the manufacturer’s overall footprint, but also ensures that employees can collaborate and access the information they need.

An SD-WAN solution can be particularly beneficial for organizations in the manufacturing industry, helping to support current demands and trends, and address future needs.

The current industry

Right now, the manufacturing sector is one of the most powerful industry verticals of all, especially when current market statistics are taken into account:

  • Manufacturers contribute $1 out of every $8 to the U.S. economy. This equates to over $2 trillion every year, according to the National Association of Manufacturers.
  • This industry also has the highest multiplier of any sector – every dollar spent within this market adds $1.40 to the overall economy.
  • Nine percent of the workforce labors within the manufacturing industry, totaling more than 12 million employees in the U.S.
  • What’s more, the market will continue to grow as demands increase – there will be almost 3.5 million manufacturing jobs needed within the next 10 years.

“Today, manufacturers are creating more jobs, making more products and making them better than ever before,” PPG Industries Vice President Bryan Iams wrote for CNBC.

The Internet of Things: Burgeoning IT needs

“Manufacturers contribute one out of every eight dollars to the U.S. economy.”

In order for this market success to continue, manufacturers must have an agile, robust network in place that enables them to take advantage of the most impactful new technologies. While the IoT has had an incredible impact on nearly every sector, manufacturers have considerably more to gain with network-connected devices in place. Not only can Bluetooth-enabled systems spur automation and other advantages, IoT systems can also provide a competitive edge for today’s manufacturers.

The number of IoT devices reached 18.2 billion units last year, and is on track to surpass 50 million devices by 2020, according to research from Statista. However, in order for these technologies to work correctly, manufacturers must have the right support in place.

An SD-WAN solution can not only provide the network visibility needed to manage these new endpoints, but can also ensure that the level of connectivity required for top-notch performance is available. SD-WAN systems allow manufacturers’ IT teams to create unique policies to govern their network traffic, including what types of data packets to prioritize. This means critical systems like IoT devices always take the best path across the network, and can be proactively routed to avoid packet loss, latency and other performance-robbing issues. With an SD-WAN in place, manufacturers are able to take advantage of all the benefits the IoT can bring.

Ensuring security

SD-WAN can also help manufacturers address historic network pain points like network security by providing built-in protection measures and offering visibility into all branch locations.

“Not only are open networks vulnerable to interruption, either malicious or benign, but the protection of trade secrets is also important,” said Michael Batchelor of the Control Design Editorial Advisory Board. “After all, manufacturing is money.”

An SD-WAN solution not only ensures that all traffic is encrypted against unauthorized users, but this technology also provides a level of granular visibility that isn’t possible without this type of system in place. This means that the IT team always has eyes on network activity, whether it’s taking place at individual sites across the WAN, at the corporate data center or within cloud environments.

Talari Networks: Your SD-WAN partner

Talari Networks is a best-of-breed SD-WAN solution provider and has been a leader in this industry since its inception. Our SD-WAN offers visibility and security benefits, as well as robust network support and performance advantages. With Talari Networks’ SD-WAN in place, your manufacturing organization is in the best possible position to succeed in the marketplace.

To find out more, contact us for a custom demonstration of our SD-WAN solution. In this way, you and your IT team can see exactly how this technology will function in your unique infrastructure and the specific benefits your organization can expect.

Categories: Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN), Network Reliability, Business Agility