Organizations have long relied on VPNs to connect remote workers with company resources. But could SD-WAN be a viable option for certain employees working from home?
Following the on-demand trend, network on-demand options provide enterprises with more flexible consumption models, such as managed network services and cloud-based networking.
Organizations may consider pairing SD-WAN and UCaaS services to avoid complexity from multivendor services and gain potential synergy. But the combo can also create challenges.
As networking pros evaluate SD-branch vs. SD-WAN, they’ll notice a key distinction between the two technologies, namely how network functions are managed and orchestrated.
The advent of SD-WAN has changed the network security model by pushing more security and control to the edge — and businesses need to adjust to this new reality.
SD-WAN can improve WAN performance in three ways: It adds a secondary transport for network traffic, while also taking advantage of broadband Ethernet and application acceleration.
When rolling out software-defined WAN, you’ll need to consider the current makeup of your branch offices. For instance, are applications on-site or in the cloud?
SD-WAN can use load balancing for WAN connections, but it doesn’t require load balancing to work. Compare some of the similarities and differences between the two.
While comparing traditional WAN vs. SD-WAN, network professionals can see the many benefits of SD-WAN, including centralized control and dynamic traffic management.
SD-WAN can simplify the deployment and management of new branch WANs, but there are some key configuration and technical choices you must make to get started.