Today, manufacturers are creating more jobs, making more products and making them better than ever before. However, to ensure their continued success, manufacturers must have an agile, robust network in place that enables them to keep their critical infrastructures connected and operational. 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.
Manufacturers traditionally employ numerous applications that rely on functional WANs, ranging from real-time audio/video tools to sensor data that can monitor conditions along the production line, to wearable IoT devices. Each of these components contributes to a safer, more efficient and agile manufacturing landscape than ever before.
It is important to note that such applications are very sensitive to small changes in latency, which can have a noticeable effect on user experience, which could hurt production and ultimately trickle down to the end customer.
An application-aware SD-WAN solution can be significantly valuable in allowing manufacturers to:
- Prioritize network bandwidth to business-critical applications and best direct network traffic, thus supporting current business demands
- Ensure that all traffic is encrypted against unauthorized users and provides a level of granular visibility that isn’t possible without this type of system in place
- Mobile devices with LTE connectivity roaming from shop floor to back-office logistics