Top 4 Reasons Why A Software Defined WAN Will Rock Your World

With so many technological solutions available, it can sometimes be difficult to get excited about systems that operate in the background. However, users are now seeing an array of software-defined platforms – including SD-WANs – that aren't just improving networks, but are making waves in the way processes are being carried out. 

In fact, so many users have been quick to join the SD-WAN parade that experts predict the cloud WAN market will be worth a staggering $7.5 billion in the next five years. The main driving factors here include decreased cost and enhanced management capabilities, but these aren't the only factors encouraging companies to opt for software-defined WAN solutions. Let's take a look at the top five reasons why SD-WAN will rock your world:

1) Removing complication
There are few things more frustrating for a business than dealing with overly complex technology. Thankfully, the complexity seen with configuring a WAN manually is completely eliminated through SD-WAN's automated processes. Perplexing tasks like routing protocols and choosing the best path between two points while factoring in changing network environments becomes a thing of the past with SD-WAN.

"SD-WAN handles this work for an organization in an automated way, routing and rerouting traffic dynamically based on the current state of the network," InformationWeek contributor Ethan Banks wrote. "The IT team tells the SD-WAN application how certain traffic should be treated, and the solution takes care of the rest."

"Experts predict the cloud WAN market will be worth a staggering $7.5 billion in the next five years."

2) Supporting cloud needs
All kinds of applications and tasks are routed through and based in the cloud, making the proper support for such environments paramount. In order to take advantage of a fully dynamic cloud, businesses must move toward software-defined solutions, especially as the data center becomes a more critical part of IT solutions. 

"What [organizations] need is a virtual, multi-site data ecosystem that can be parsed into very finite instances or harnessed into massive computing environments," Enterprise Networking Planet contributor Arthur Cole wrote. "But to do that, the enterprise needs to start pushing SDN over the wide area network."

In this way, SD-WAN is the first step in the journey toward a more robust, dynamic cloud.

3) Reacting to changing network conditions
In addition to better supporting dynamic cloud needs, SD-WAN's ability to adjust itself to changing network conditions ensures that nothing falls through the cracks. This means that applications are always accessible and that any information sent through the network travels through the best available path. This not only improves productivity for employees, but can free up time and empower the internal IT team as well. Instead of putting out fires where a manually configured WAN is concerned, these workers are now able to let the SD-WAN's automation work for them as they focus on other mission-critical technology initiatives.

SD-WAN's ability to adjust itself to changing network conditions ensures that nothing falls through the cracks. SD-WAN's ability to adjust itself to changing network conditions ensures that nothing falls through the cracks.

4) Reduced cost
We previously touched on the lower cost available through an SD-WAN, but what exactly makes this possible? With an SD-WAN in place, businesses are able to leverage an increasing amount of inexpensive public bandwidth and reduce their reliance on more expensive private links, while still taking advantage of those links to provide the best performance possible. The system uses packet-based intelligence to route online traffic through the most optimal path and enables companies utilize their resources in a more cost-effective manner.

Overall, it is easy to see why SD-WAN solutions are making waves in the enterprise sector. The ability to reduce complexity and create a custom network environment that dynamically reacts to changing conditions is something today's businesses just can't pass up. 

Categories: Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN)


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