Next Generation SD-WAN: Key Benefits

Next Generation SD-WAN: Key Benefits

Enterprise Networking Mag | Monday, April 05, 2021

Companies need an autonomous infrastructure that significantly decreases their funding and operational burdens by exploiting the power of data science and APIs to make real operating cost savings.

FREMONT, CA: The SD-WAN business is at a crucial stage of inflection. It is beyond the early stages of adoption, and mainstream businesses are now looking to launch SD-WAN. This aspect is where many products sputter out, as conventional consumers often have criteria that are different or more detailed than early adopters.

To avoid failed implementations, consumers must consider whether the products they test have been developed for early acceptance or conventional customers, more as themselves. Understanding the background of SD-WAN solutions and the advantages of next-generation SD-WAN is essential when determining what the industry has to deliver.

Implementing Next-Generation SD-WAN

Companies need an SD-WAN approach that allows them to define application policy (whether in the cloud, SaaS, or data center), a standardized performance and security model, and a cloud-based model for branch services. Companies need an autonomous infrastructure that significantly decreases their funding and operational burdens by exploiting the power of data science and APIs to make real operating cost savings.

The three main features (and benefits) of Next-Generation SD-WAN solutions include:

App Defined: Products that run on L3 and L7 – network and application layers and therefore allow performance controls for SaaS, cloud, and custom data center applications without the need for bookends. Products can have application-based traffic engineering that provides SLAs for all applications and the best end-user experience.

Autonomous: Products that collect L3-L7 data and use data science to gain insight into device and network behavior. Besides, independent products use experiences to respond to problems by reprogramming themselves, achieving significant decreases in running costs and accelerating time for problem-solving.

Cloud-delivered: Products that offer a forum for branch services to be delivered from the cloud, including network, protection, Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS), and multi-cloud connectivity services. When divisions are decoupled from the data center, there is no need for truck-roll facilities to the branch. Customers gain an API-based model to combine cloud protection and other branch services without extra hardware or software.

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