Enterprises, particularly those with branch offices, are taking a close look at software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) for its ability to reduce costs, improve connectivity, and make applications perform better. In fact, many enterprises view SD-WAN as a key part of their overall digital transformation. As they move workloads to the cloud and invest in new business opportunities, SD-WAN makes sense because it can provide better connectivity and easier network management.
But when it comes to deploying SD-WAN, enterprises have a lot of different options to choose from. Experts say that before selecting an SD-WAN vendor, companies should look carefully at how they plan to use the technology and what requirements might be the most beneficial.
They also advise enterprises to make sure they truly understand how the applications they are running work and what types of security they will need. Plus, they should be cognizant of how the app may be impacted by disruption when migrating to the new system.
One Size Doesn’t Fit All
SD-WAN certainly isn’t a one-size-fits-all technology. Some SD-WAN solutions are ideal for smaller companies with 200 or fewer employees. Other solutions are better for large enterprises with a global deployment. Some vendors offer quality of service (QOS) with options like sub-one millisecond jitter. Others, offer to connect businesses with multiple customer locations and a centralized core.
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