SD-WAN USE CASES
Cloud & SaaS enablement
Traditional MPLS based networks are optimised for branch-to-branch and branch-to-data center communication, not for the cloud. Cloud traffic has to compete for bandwidth with other less-critical internet traffic. And cloud application performance suffers from unpredictable internet performance and suboptimal routing via centralised internet gateways.
MPLS replacement or augmentation
MPLS technology is widely deployed in service provider and private networks due to its proven reliability, efficiency, and security. It offers a configuration-controlled method for service providers to share their physical infrastructure resources securely among many different customers’ Wide Area Networks.
WAN branch appliance elimination
Traditional networks need multiple, dedicated appliances such as UTMs, Firewalls and WAN optimization appliances at each location to provide wide area networking (WAN) and security services. Distributed appliances require ongoing management, updates, upgrades and capacity planning to maintain the environment and performance.
Global application deployment
Enterprises are spending millions on the development, implementation and maintenance of applications that support core business processes. Not surprising, as these applications can make the difference between success or failure of an organisation.
Simplified network operations
Traditional network solutions are not capable of effectively addressing the requirements of large, dynamic network environments due to their long delivery lead times (typically 6-8 weeks), high cost of bandwidth, long-term contract commitments and complexity of managing large numbers of sites and changes.
Increased flexibility and agility
When it comes to opening up new offices or rolling out new applications, network teams are commonly known to be ‘the last to know but first to act’. Free yourself from being dependent on dedicated MPLS connections with long delivery lead times. Remove the burden of reconfiguring per site static policies for new application deployments. Connect new offices in days, not months. Support new application roll-outs in minutes, not weeks!
Unified Communications over your WAN
Many enterprises are deploying Unified Communications (Lync/Skype for Business, Cisco UC, Unify) to increase collaboration and productivity, reduce travel expenses and/or replace legacy telephony systems. However, UC services put a lot of pressure on enterprise WANs.