First things first: What is SD-WAN?

October 17, 2017
Justin Rice
Director, SD-WAN and NaaS

CBTS recently participated in an SD-WAN technology panel discussion at MicroCorp’s Ultimate Partner Training conference. I was pleased to join representatives from several other technology companies to help educate the audience on SD-WAN – which stands for Software Defined Wide Area Network – technology and its benefits to a wide variety of businesses.

The audience was made up of sub-agents, who serve as trusted IT advisors to businesses across the country. One key takeaway for me from the conference was the importance of providing customers with context around SD-WAN technology before diving into how the solution can help their businesses.

SD-WAN technology explained

SD-WAN technology is really the continuation of moving applications into the cloud. Most businesses are familiar with Software as a Service applications like Office365. Businesses are also increasingly embracing cloud computing services such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, and they often manage Disaster Recovery and Backup services through the cloud.

What we don’t talk about as much is how network functions are moving to the cloud – and that’s where SD-WAN technology is so powerful.  Businesses are used to managing their networks at a local level. By moving to the cloud, we can control and manage the network; provide visibility and analytics to the network; and provide insights that these businesses never had before over any connection.

Next, we layer mission-critical applications into the conversation. SD-WAN ultimately drives business outcomes by giving customers a better experience when accessing these applications.

CBTS was excited to share our thought leadership on SD-WAN technology at the MicroCorp conference, and we look forward to better helping you understand this powerful solution.

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