As businesses look to make savings across WAN connectivity, invariably low cost SD WAN services are of interest due to the marketing surrounding the capability to consolidate network functions into a single appliance. With this said, multiple areas should be examined to achieve overall cost reduction, these include SD WAN vendor appliances, licence costs, network connectivity, security, WAN optimisation, managed services and professional services consultancy.
Software-WAN is decoupling the traditional telco connectivity from vendor solutions. IT teams are reporting that their primary area of interest surrounds SD WAN vendor features and capability rather than underlying connectivity. In many ways, this shift is not unexpected because SD WAN marketing revolves around the central pillar of making the Internet perform, even when quality is poor. The fact remains, alongside networking and security, connectivity is an integral component of your SD WAN architecture from the perspective of latency and jitter but also how ISP companies support your business across DIY, Co-managed or fully managed SD WAN in the event an issue occurs.
An at-a-glance comparison of major SD WAN vendors & providers. We've included every key data point we know to be important when buying software-WAN services.
And a link to the online SD WAN quick assessment, learn which SD WAN solution fits your business requirements.
It has only been a few years since SD WAN arrived to transform Wide Area Networks from restrictive layer 3 MPLS and layer 2 VPLS to all encompassing digital transformation. In many respects, the challenge is to actually understand which of the many SD WAN features align with your particular organisation. And perhaps more than this, how each feature differs from vendor to vendor. We’ve put together a matrix of features below in an attempt to describe the business SD WAN benefit together with a more detailed explanation to expand further on the technology.
We created the SD WAN assessment to help IT teams understand which Software-WAN vendors and providers are a good fit vs high level business needs. The idea behind creating the assessment is to help build a shortlist of solutions which deliver against fundamental basic business-level benefits and end-user experience.
When considering SD WAN architecture, there are typically two main options across the procurement of services. The first is to select an appliance vendor offering SD WAN technology only, I.e. without connectivity. The second option is to procure services from providers with their own backbone infrastructure resulting in a single solution for billing and support.
Working within the SD WAN space, you’d think we’re in a world where networking issues simply do not exist. I’m expecting to read that Einstein was simply wrong about the laws of physics because the latest Software-defined WAN capability has broken the speed of light. Perhaps we’ll be at the stage where WAN optimisation knows the data you’re about to generate before you’ve even thought about pressing send?
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What began as a rudimentary technology has morphed into a robust platform featuring dynamic architectures and expanded functionality, including advanced routing, cloud-based application path selection and security capabilities. With this software defined expansion has come inherent challenges. Many companies that take a Do-It-Yourself approach to planning, designing, implementing and overseeing all of the components of their SD WAN solution quickly realise that these tasks can be more of a challenge than they initially anticipated which generates a requirement for co-managed and fully managed SD WAN service elements.