BENEFITS OF SD-WAN FOR BUSINESSES

Discover five of the benefits of deploying the software-defined wide area network in your company:

1. IMPROVED APPLICATION ACCESS EXPERIENCE
As companies expand their cloud and SaaS portfolio, branch offices and remote employees increasingly rely on the Internet to access work applications. However, the public Internet is a congested and insecure highway, unable to prioritize network traffic on its own.

Therefore, it is very common for the use of the network for non-work related accesses to consume the necessary bandwidth for essential applications, such as ERPs and CRMs or sales force services.

To solve this problem, SD-WAN:

associates the principles of application-based or context-based routing to optimize the connection of remote locations to the public, private or hybrid cloud
enables organizations to define the importance of each application (prioritizing business-critical applications and choosing the best form of access for that)
determines the ideal mix of users, applications and types of connectivity to route intelligent network traffic.
2. AGILITY FOR THE IT AREA
SD-WAN brings the principles of cloud storage to corporate networks, so IT teams can dynamically deploy, provision and scale resources on demand.

Imagine that your company wants to include three more sales offices abroad. With the cloud, it's only a matter of minutes for you to add three new users to your Office 365 subscription .

The software-defined WAN also allows you to provision policies for accessing applications at the branch and security policies for your sales team through centralized management. What used to take days or weeks is now a task that the IT team can routinely perform.

3. SIMPLIFICATION OF IT MANAGEMENT
In a complex and continuously growing IT environment, SD-WAN greatly simplifies management, abstracting software from the underlying hardware layer.

This makes it easier to manage the company's WAN and branch networks, centralizing management, which makes it easier for the IT team to monitor, configure and deploy the corporate network at branch offices.

IT teams will no longer have to spend millions of dollars and countless hours shipping and installing hardware and software at each new company address, in addition to providing qualified IT resources to oversee operations at those locations.

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4. REDUCED NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE COSTS
With SD-WAN, companies can choose to use the cheapest Internet connection available and convert it into a secure, high-performance corporate data channel.

Companies that already have existing MPLS connectivity can take advantage of both MPLS and broadband to create a hybrid, automated and intelligent WAN that can offer enterprise-class QoS (quality of service), while reducing costs and complexity. This generates a significant reduction in network infrastructure costs.

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