6 Benefits of SD-WAN How does your organization currently manage and monitor its network traffic? How do you connect all your office branches on one network? Have you ever considered utilizing a Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) to help you manage those areas of your organization? A SD-WAN can provide businesses with many benefits, compared to a traditional hardware-based Wide Area Network. First, let’s define SD-WAN. What is SD-WAN? SD-WAN is a unique approach to software-defined networking technology using WAN and broadband connections. This allows organizations to route traffic to remote locations and multiple offices, along with the ability to monitor and manage network traffic. SD-WAN measures the traffic and selects the best route for each data packet in real-time. With SD-WAN, organizations can connect all of their offices to a central network in the cloud, which gives them more control and flexibility. What are the Benefits? Here are six key benefits of implementing an SD-WAN. Improved Application Performance Efficient application performance is an essential part of doing business. Your software and systems require the right amount of bandwidth coupled with reliable internet connectivity. SD-WAN solutions allow prioritization of your data traffic, so your business-critical applications receive priority over others. This ensures Quality of Service (QoS) and allows your organization to stay productive, without interruptions or delays. Enhanced Security Every organization needs security measures in place to be protected from attacks and potential breaches. Many SD-WAN solutions provide encryption, which reduces risks associated with data transfers and breaches. When you are choosing an SD-WAN provider, ask about additional security, such as firewall protection. Firewalls provide an additional layer of security and defense—the more layers the better. Lower Costs and Increased Speeds SD-WANs allow for bandwidth independence and can lower costs and increase speeds by combining multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) WAN connections with low-cost broadband internet connections. By combining these connections, SD-WAN technology gives the organization the ability to use their connections at their full capacity. This can lower costs associated with carrier-grade connections, and enhance network performance. Redundant and Reliable SD-WANs can dynamically and intelligently route traffic over multiple circuits to improve efficiency, and if there’s a circuit failure, an SD-WAN provides seamless packet by packet routing to keep you up and running. With little downtime, you and your employees can be more efficient and productive throughout the day. Greater Visibility and Control With the ability to manage and monitor your network traffic with SD-WAN, you have increased visibility and control over your traffic. It’s easier to identify where there are bottlenecks and what applications are consuming a lot of bandwidth. With this insight, it’s simple to adjust and control your network appropriately. Scalable SD-WAN technology is also scalable. This allows you to connect and deploy branch offices quickly, without major changes to your network or infrastructure. Aureon's Hybrid Approach: SD-WAN as a Managed Service At Aureon, we offer a hybrid approach to SD-WAN. The Aureon Cloud WAN offers all the benefits of SD-WAN and a simple, scalable infrastructure deployed with a variety of managed service options to remove your burden of network management. This enables businesses to focus on other IT projects and priorities. With Aureon’s approach to SD-WAN, managing your network and traffic becomes significantly simpler. By prioritizing your traffic and connecting your branch offices with a SD-WAN solution, you’re able to be more efficient and productive. Is your organization ready to explore SD-WAN? Chris Darr Chris Darr is a Senior Channel Manager for Aureon. Chris has been in technology for over 15 years and is proficient in a host of network and communications technologies including dynamic T-1/PRI, DS3, Ethernet Access, Wireless, PBX (hosted and premise based), Long Distance, MPLS, IP VPN, VoIP, and LAN networking. Chris is highly skilled in building complex voice and data networks. He is passionate about helping businesses grow by aligning strategies and technologies that enhance worker mobility, flexibility, and productivity.