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SD-WAN (Software-Defined Wide-Area-Network)

  • Consolidate Management of Your Networks
  • Connect with Greater Speed & Efficiency.
  • Boost Security & Scalability
  • Lower Network Costs

AVCT’s Software-defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) helps businesses achieve more by boosting security, improving network performance, and reducing storage costs. Software defined wide-area networks (SD-WANs) utilize software to manage and control data, applications, and services between remote locations and data centers.

AVCT’s SD-WAN is an effective response to the increasing IT challenges cloud-based storage and applications present. It offers numerous benefits to employees, customers, IT staff, and C-suite executives from any sector. These benefits include increased revenue, lowered costs, ROI acceleration, and reducing security risks to protect companies’ brands.

AVCT’s SD-WAN achieves these benefits by providing companies with multiple WAN transport services. By using a software-defined overlay (virtual) network on top of an underlay network (MPLS), SD-WAN offers complete transport independence. Transport independence benefits enterprises by: 

  • Improving application performance
  • Enhancing network agility and responsiveness 
  • Unifying WAN edge architecture 
  • Strengthening WAN security
  • Lowering WAN costs. 

These benefits mean both the employee and customer don’t have to worry about network issues interfering with their experiences. It also frees the IT staff to focus on larger projects. For C-Suite personnel, SD-WAN cuts cost by reducing employee downtime, enhancing customer satisfaction, and increasing revenue over time.

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What Is the Difference Between MLPS and SD-WAN? 

Up until recently, companies primarily used MLPS WANs. MLPS WAN is an underlay architecture, meaning it uses physical infrastructure using a single transport service. This single transport service causes backhauling and can interfere with application speed and reliability. Adding an SD-WAN to existing MLPS enhances your network capabilities and ensures your applications work as intended.

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What Is the Difference Between MLPS and SD-WAN? 

Up until recently, companies primarily used MLPS WANs. MLPS WAN is an underlay architecture, meaning it uses physical infrastructure using a single transport service. This single transport service causes backhauling and can interfere with application speed and reliability. Adding an SD-WAN to existing MLPS enhances your network capabilities and ensures your applications work as intended.

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How Do SD-WANs Resolve Many of Today’s IT Challenges? 

As businesses adopt SaaS and IaaS in multiple applications, MLPS-only approaches are negatively affecting user-experience by causing latency problems, management complexity, and data vulnerability. Traditional WANs were not designed to integrate applications in one spot like SD-WANs. 

In addition to these unanticipated obstacles, opening enterprise to the internet and cloud causes compliance and threat issues. When companies have multiple branches spread out over a large area, and they use cloud-storage business solutions, protecting assets presents many challenges that SD-WAN targets and solves. By responding to these challenges, SD-WANs improve user experience, simplify security, and reduce complexity. 

Enter: The New WAN 

AVCT’s SD-WAN ushers in a new era of WAN that responds to all of today’s cloud-based IT challenges. By improving application performance, increasing interconnectivity, strengthening security, simplifying unification, and lowering overall WAN costs, SD-WAN reduces OPEX. It also allows network administrators to use bandwidth more efficiently and improves performance without sacrificing security or data privacy. 

Improved Application Performance 

AVCT’s SD-WAN solutions use multiple transport services by combining MLPS, bandwidth, and 4gLTE to increase application performance. Using an SD-WAN, employees no longer have to worry about whether their applications will slow down in the middle of a client transaction. IT personnel won’t have to fix mundane network issues, and C-suite executives can rest easy knowing that their employees are focusing on the bottom line.

Increased Interconnectivity 

Using the multipoint connectivity, SD-WAN increases company interconnectivity by: 

  • Centralizing orchestration 
  • Providing a hands-free authentication process
  • Offering company-wide reliable and secure internet services 

Centralized orchestration means that an office manager in one branch can plug in an SD-Wan into a LAN port and connect with all other branches of a company. Once the manager does this, the SD-WAN takes over. The office manager doesn’t have to worry about confusing authentication protocols because the SD-WAN has a hands-free authentication process, seamlessly integrating all network applications into one location.

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Increased Interconnectivity 

Using the multipoint connectivity, SD-WAN increases company interconnectivity by: 

  • Centralizing orchestration 
  • Providing a hands-free authentication process
  • Offering company-wide reliable and secure internet services 

Centralized orchestration means that an office manager in one branch can plug in an SD-Wan into a LAN port and connect with all other branches of a company. Once the manager does this, the SD-WAN takes over. The office manager doesn’t have to worry about confusing authentication protocols because the SD-WAN has a hands-free authentication process, seamlessly integrating all network applications into one location.

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Strengthened and Simplified Security 

SD-WAN strengthens and simplifies your security in many ways. Among the most notable are eliminating VPN concerns, reducing traffic traveling through security, directly implementing security measures, and end-to-end segmentation.

Security Benefits of SD-WAN for CSO or C-Suite:

  • Reduced business risk 
  • Increased brand protection

Did You Know?: Over 90% of SD-WAN vendors are not traditional security vendors.

Eliminate VPN Concerns

One of the most apparent SD-WAN security benefits comes from companies using the internet as their transport method. Before, SD-WAN companies had to build a VPN or DMVPN to transport their traffic securely. To combat the potential proliferation of VPNs, the IT staff had to construct firewalls, which was time-consuming and ineffective.

With this type of VPN approach, companies can’t seamlessly failover from a fiber-based transport method without incurring costs and lost productivity. SD-WAN eliminates these concerns because you don’t have to worry about encrypting your traffic – the SD-WAN takes care of it.

Direct Implementation of Security Measures

SD-WAN directly implements security measures, drastically reducing lost production and cutting costs. For branches with basic security needs, SD-WAN can allow or deny sites and limit the traffic directed to specific sites. When used in the correct situations, SD-WAN can eliminate the need for security at several locations because it is centralized.

End-to-End Segmentation

End-to-end segmentation gives complete control and visibility in each of your company’s segments. By using centralized orchestration, the SD-WAN separates all of your applications, users, and WAN services. For example, your POS, guest WIFI, payroll, enterprise apps, SaaS applications, and recreational data will all be organized into specific categories.

End-to-End segmentation prevents many of the typical security breaches you see in today’s business world. With its ability to break down the network into smaller, more easily understandable segments, organizations can control unauthorized users, devices, and applications.

Reduce The Traffic Going Through Security

Because all site-to-site traffic is encrypted, SD-WANs reduce the amount of traffic traveling through security parameters. SD-WAN changes how traffic flows through security, and companies can cut down their costs. 

Without SD-WAN, companies have to go through firewalls or escape mechanisms that increase their security footprint and increase complexity and cost.

 

Eliminate VPN Concerns

One of the most apparent SD-WAN security benefits comes from companies using the internet as their transport method. Before, SD-WAN companies had to build a VPN or DMVPN to transport their traffic securely. To combat the potential proliferation of VPNs, the IT staff had to construct firewalls, which was time-consuming and ineffective.

With this type of VPN approach, companies can’t seamlessly failover from a fiber-based transport method without incurring costs and lost productivity. SD-WAN eliminates these concerns because you don’t have to worry about encrypting your traffic – the SD-WAN takes care of it.

Direct Implementation of Security Measures

SD-WAN directly implements security measures, drastically reducing lost production and cutting costs. For branches with basic security needs, SD-WAN can allow or deny sites and limit the traffic directed to specific sites. When used in the correct situations, SD-WAN can eliminate the need for security at several locations because it is centralized.

End-to-End Segmentation

End-to-end segmentation gives complete control and visibility in each of your company’s segments. By using centralized orchestration, the SD-WAN separates all of your applications, users, and WAN services. For example, your POS, guest WIFI, payroll, enterprise apps, SaaS applications, and recreational data will all be organized into specific categories.

End-to-End segmentation prevents many of the typical security breaches you see in today’s business world. With its ability to break down the network into smaller, more easily understandable segments, organizations can control unauthorized users, devices, and applications.

Reduce The Traffic Going Through Security

Because all site-to-site traffic is encrypted, SD-WANs reduce the amount of traffic traveling through security parameters. SD-WAN changes how traffic flows through security, and companies can cut down their costs. 

Without SD-WAN, companies have to go through firewalls or escape mechanisms that increase their security footprint and increase complexity and cost.

 

Lowered Overall WAN-Costs 

SD-WAN has emerged as an effective security measure for enterprising companies who want to reduce their IT infrastructure’s stress. In its early days, most companies didn’t realize SD-WAN’s inherent cost benefits. But as companies move further and further toward cloud-based solutions, the writing on the wall is becoming increasingly clear, SD-WANs are the wave of the future for any company looking to boost their long-term ROI.

Companies need increased application performance and they can’t afford to lose the time it takes to accomplish this with traditional approaches. SD-WAN provides lower-cost broadband when compared to MLPS-only methods. It also simplifies the WAN architecture and drives savings by taking unnecessary burdens off the IT team’s hands. 

Improve Your User Experience, Strengthen Your Security, and Lower Costs With AVCT’s SD-WAN 

As you continue to expand your business or enterprise, adopt long-term solutions that set you up for success. AVCT’s SD-WAN offers the latest, most effective strategy to deal with cloud-based enterprise challenges. Schedule a free consultation today to see how AVCT can help you protect your enterprise with an SD-WAN. 

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