We aren't too far into 2017 and it seems technology is a main focus. From widely-publicized cyber-attacks to major technology company mergers and acquisitions, technology news is dominating the airways. What we know for certain is that IT will continue to evolve at a rapid pace.
We brought this to your attention in October, but in case you missed it, Software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) is the wave of the future. We expect as demand increases, there will be more disruptions in the industry.
Predictions are that within three years, 30% of users will manage their WAN through the SD software, and others estimate that figure to be more like 70%. Being an early adopter of SD-WAN has clear connectivity and cost advantages.
WHAT IS SD-WAN?
Software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) is a specific application of software-defined networking (SDN) technology applied to wide area network (WAN) connections, which are used to connect one or more offices over large geographic distances.
“SDN is an architecture, where as SD-WAN is a technology you can buy."
-Andrew Lerner, Analyst
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES?
One advantage of SD-WAN is its ability to manage multiple types of connections. This can cut costs, because the technology can use Internet broadband connections services via the cloud and replace more expensive solutions, such as routing hardware. Since SD-WAN can be controlled through the cloud, it is more flexible and can be scaled during peak demand.
For rural sites with limited connectivity, SD-WAN can provide enough bandwidth to use voice over IP (VoIP) and process credit card transactions.
Additionally, its virtualization technology is applied to security and virtual private networking (VPN) technology, making them more secure.
Connect with your broker to see if this is an option for your business.
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