Three Ways Your WAN Will Change for the Better in 2016

After years of status quo, the WAN technology market is bubbling with innovation. It’s just in the nick of time, too. No one really loves their WAN. Costs continue to rise, and users consume all the bandwidth you can afford to buy—and then still complain that the network is slow or their apps simply don’t work right.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Check out these three predictions on how your WAN will change for the better in 2016:

1) You will have a more flexible, reliable and self-healing WAN for business continuity. The industry analyst predictions vary, but no matter how you slice it, they all seem to agree that SD-WAN is the next big networking evolution. Organizations will migrate to SD-WAN to radically improve the user experience and gain new levels of flexibility when connecting branch office locations, data centers and cloud services.

With an SD-WAN, you can choose any WAN transport that works for your business. That means you can keep your trusty MPLS circuits if you like, but as bandwidth needs grow, augment that connectivity with more affordable choices. It can be broadband Internet, metro Ethernet, 4G/LTE or any other choice—and because the WAN is virtualized, traffic will simply flow over the fastest, available links.

Unlike traditional WANs, an SD-WAN can make packet forwarding decisions based on the quality of the links and the application requirements. By measuring latency, packet loss and jitter on each and every path, an SD-WAN can proactively redirect traffic in milliseconds so network outages and congestion don’t give business-critical applications any pause.

2) The rise of big-data style network analytics will give you end-to-end visibility across the WAN, putting you in the driver’s seat. With network analytics, detailed network performance metrics can be collected, correlated and analyzed across the WAN. That gives IT greater visibility into network quality and how applications and workloads behave across the enterprise. That visibility is welcome, whether you are diagnosing a problem, planning ahead for the rollout of a new application or service, or making sure you are getting your money’s worth from your carriers’ service level agreements.

3) You’ll spend less time worrying about the WAN, so you can focus more on strategic projects to drive the business forward. Early adopters of SD-WAN have seen from 40 percent to 90 percent lower costs. They spend less time troubleshooting problems and babysitting the WAN, which frees up more time for strategic projects.

2016 might be the Year of the Monkey according to the Chinese Zodiac, but at Talari, we believe it’s the Year of the SD-WAN. Get ready to make a change for the better. The time is now to revisit your WAN strategy. No rip and replace required with a Talari SD-WAN. To learn more, download this whitepaper on WAN Evolution or listen to this Packet Pushers podcast that includes 4 enterprise IT executives discussing their real-world experiences with SD-WAN. If you are ready to discuss the specifics of an SD-WAN for your enterprise, request a personalized demo today.

Categories: Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN), Business Continuity