SD-WAN emerged onto the scene as businesses expanded to the Internet and Cloud. This technology reduces capital investments, simplifies operations, provides more flexibility, and even offers better optimization all while paying less. The benefits are undeniable.
What is SD-WAN?
SD-WAN is an acronym that stands for software defined wide area network. This allows companies to extend their phone and computer networks over large distances to connect branch offices using a combination of Internet connections, hardware, and software.
WANs are not a new concept and your business probably has one. For the last few decades, MPLS or point-to-point T1 networks were generally the only option available. Modern software applications such as VOIP and video have increased bandwidth requirements making the WAN environment more complex and vital to your business’ success.
How SD-WAN reduces costs?
Why does SD-WAN make sense? The short answer is it’s less expensive. The price of high-speed Internet has dramatically decreased in recent years while the costs of traditional network approaches such as MPLS have not. In addition to cost savings, SD-WAN also offers a centralized approach that promotes better performance and efficiency.
If you currently have MPLS connections or are maintaining your WAN with other traditional approaches, don’t lose sleep. You can start taking advantage of your current Internet connections and equipment because SD-WAN is highly nimble. The alternative is to maintain and scale your existing network that is expensive, less efficient, and harder to maintain.
Evaluating SD-WAN for your business
We’ve helped thousands of clients nationwide and into Canada manage their recurring communications expenses. During our audit process, we often find network inefficiencies and help clients make well informed business decisions around their services and infrastructure. Sometimes SD-WAN technology makes sense and other times it does not.