A trend is emerging in managing application performance: Gartner estimates that SD-WAN has less than 5% market share today, but it predicts that up to 25% of users will manage their WAN through software within two years. Adoption of this solution is on the rise, and for good reason. As demand for cloud applications and services continues to grow, enterprises are re-examining their WAN strategies and architectures to optimize business efficiencies, protect critical data and enhance the user experience across public, private and cloud paths.
A software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) acts as an overlay network that virtualizes and decouples the network management function from the physical hardware, using a centralized controller to set policies and prioritize network traffic. Because it’s a software-defined WAN, it can act on those policies in real time to determine the best path for each application across your network connections, ensuring that app performance meets your service level agreements (SLAs).
The ease of deployment, central manageability and reduced costs make SD-WAN an attractive option for many businesses. SD-WAN allows a company with multiple locations to reduce network cost, have more than one ISP, and provide greater network visibility. One of our clients leveraged SD-WAN to get a clearer picture of their overall application performance, noticing costly usage of several unauthorized applications across the organization. They were able to focus efforts on improving performance for their 3 most critical applications: Point of Sale, time and attendance tracking, and accounting.
Tech & Main is at the forefront of implementing this solution for progressive clients looking to create a scalable, centrally managed WAN that can connect disconnected branches or locations. We will work with your IT function to ensure the technology solutions we implement address your company’s most important business challenges.