It was great connecting with all of the IT leaders in Houston at our SD-WAN CIO Summit. Everyone was thinking big about the future of networking. As with any large gathering of technology professionals, many lively discussions took place about the impact of disruptive technologies like SD-WAN, NaaS, and UCaaS.
Some thoughtful questions came up including:
These are all vital questions for IT departments, but let’s delve deeper into the discussions we had in Houston about the impact of SD-WAN on today’s mobile and distributed workforce, and the benefits at the branch office and remote site levels.
As we began talking with clients about the ways to improve on conventional WAN and MPLS technologies, we had several discussions about how today’s cloud-based applications impact network performance. With a significant portion of clients’ compute and storage functions already hosted in the cloud, the additional bandwidth required for apps like Microsoft Office 365, Salesforce, and Webex has taken its toll.
Employees often experience lag while running multiple cloud-based apps at once, and more frequent interruptions degrade the quality of VoIP and video conference calls. We’ve heard many of these same challenges from our CIO Summit attendees.
So, if you’re considering making a move to SD-WAN, let’s examine the key differentiators we discussed in Houston when evaluating SD-WAN implementation:
All of these critical SD-WAN components empower branch office and remote site employees with steady and secure access to the data, applications, and tools they need to reach their organizational and professional goals.
In a future post, let’s follow the conversation and thinking of the IT leaders in Houston with respect to improving their networks at headquarters along with their primary connections to the internet. We’ll discuss the benefits of NaaS and UCaaS, and why CBTS is excited to engage further in meaningful conversations about the Cloud Networking technologies making a difference for our clients.