How SD-WAN is revolutionizing hybrid networks for the cloud era

August 31, 2020
Author: Grey Borneman
Blog | Communications | Digital Workspace

For IT service providers and the enterprises they support, Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) technology is quickly establishing itself as a revolutionary concept and a valuable tool for organizations hoping to thrive in the age of cloud computing.

The value of SD-WAN technology is projected by the International Data Corporation to reach $8 billion in 2021. This strong rate of growth indicates the volume of organizations turning to SD-WAN solutions to prepare their networks for the cloud era, regardless of the industry vertical they occupy.

Through SD-WAN, small-to-midsize businesses and international enterprises alike can gain the tools to develop, deploy, monitor, and manage their own cloud-delivered private, public, and hybrid wireless networks. Unprecedented levels of network visibility and control are also possible through SD-WAN, making it easier than ever before for users to completely transform their IT infrastructures for peak performance.

Specifically, VMware SD-WAN powered by VeloCloud offers a wide range of functions, including dynamic packet routing, simplified deployment, and the convenient Orchestrator management tool. This variety of tools enables users to measure the quality of their connections, efficiently route traffic, and address impediments across multiple network pathways, whether they’re managing branch offices or traditional data centers.

With cloud-capable solutions like SD-WAN growing more available, levels of network transformation that were only dreamt of a few years ago are within reach. This technological leap forward is very timely, given the recent explosion in demand for secure and reliable remote office collaboration capabilities. By some estimates, traffic between branch office networks is doubling every three years—indicating that the time has never been more right to buy into the SD-WAN revolution.

A hybrid networking strategy provided by cloud-enabled SD-WAN can also mean significant savings over more traditional multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) architectures. By dropping MPLS, adopting SD-WAN, and embracing broadband and 4G LTE as a backup, several major retailers are seeing savings of up to 40 percent on networking costs. Shifting to a versatile, hybrid network can also cut expenses in the long run by addressing future needs ahead of time. Additionally, SD-WAN’s ease of deployment can cut down on costly downtime.

However, before making moves to adopt SD-WAN and all the advances that come with it, enterprises must carefully research and assess the various providers offering SD-WAN solutions. An ideal partner should be capable of providing a full-spectrum cloud-delivered SD-WAN environment that interfaces with any cloud service, any network transport, and any vendor. VeloCloud is one such provider, offering a versatile cloud architecture that comes complete with controllers, gateways, edges, and the Orchestrator management tool.

To date, VMware SD-WAN powered by VeloCloud has provided high-end network solutions for more than 1,000 customers and 50,000 sites. The company prides itself on its ability to launch and stand up its proprietary SD-WAN instance in less than 30 days, delivering fast results for the client.

Change can make enterprise leaders nervous, and that’s understandable. Many organizations with entrenched MPLS network environments are hesitant to move away from them because of long-standing relationships with trusted vendors. That’s where SD-WAN comes in to serve as a hybrid network solution. By implementing SD-WAN as a streamlining influence, various transports such as 4G wireless, cable, and broadband can come together with legacy MPLS to create flexibility and versatility where there might otherwise be utter chaos.

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VMware SD-WAN powered by VeloCloud

VMware SD-WAN powered by VeloCloud provides limitless and optimized access across the entire enterprise organization for cloud applications and services while simplifying implementations and centrally managing all network activity. Using a flexible, agile, and scalable delivery model, VeloCloud is the only SD-WAN solution fully able to leverage all the benefits of the cloud.


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