Simplifying Your Branch Network Can Save You a Bundle

What are branch offices really costing your organization? The use of branch offices is central to many organizations’ everyday operations. For example, a survey by the U.S. Federal Reserve System found that, in 2014, more than 80 percent of American banking clients had visited a branch, which was up from 2012 and 2013 levels and well ahead of both mobile and online usage.

In fact, in specific sectors such as legal, international branch expansion has been picking up in recent years. For all sectors, lack of technical expertise at branch offices comes at an inopportune time since application and service requirements at branch locations are becoming increasingly complex. Now more than ever, the case for branch simplification through service consolidation and centralization of management is urgent.

Decisive benefits of branch office simplification

Configuring a WAN and implementing services at the branch frequently entails numerous complexities. Teams have to oversee core functions such as firewalling, Network Address Translation, encryption, DHCP relay and IP network routing, often by juggling a variety of appliances from different vendors.

“Branch simplification is now a viable alternative to downsizing.”

This jumbled mix of software and hardware drives up support costs, strains personnel to their limits and reduces flexibility in rolling out new branch office services or modifying existing ones. Overwhelmed by the task in front of them, organizations can be tempted to continue with inefficient and expensive centralization of services in a data center to support branch operations. However, the ability to easily deploy and manage the branch infrastructure including network services, is now a viable alternative.

Solutions such as Adaptive Private Networking 5.2 from Talari Networks enables the deployment of essential WAN features and simplification of branch infrastructure services through the use of a single virtual or physical appliance.  The benefit of this approach is corporate IT can dramatically decrease the costly IT sprawl that too often negatively impacts branch office efficiency.

APN 5.2 provides a comprehensive portfolio of services, including:

  • Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) – A controller-based WAN that is optimized for application availability and performance
  • IP Routing – Allows routers to automatically share IP reachability information and make IP forwarding decisions
  • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) – Automatic distribution of IP address information to client devices
  • Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF) – Support multiple routing tables on a single device
  • IPsec Termination – Secure tunneling of IP traffic over a network
  • Firewall with Network Address Translation (NAT) – Packet filtering and IP address translation services

To build the infrastructure for meeting the evolving branch application and quality-of-experience needs of the business, enterprises can implement a Talari branch office simplification solution.  This solution delivers easy to deploy network services and ties all of your sites together through an SD-WAN. Request a custom demo today to find out more!

Categories: Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN), IT Challenges