There’s no denying it: MPLS networks are on their way out – they just can’t keep up with the changes in the way we do business today. They are expensive, time consuming and complicated to install, and most importantly, they do very little to simplify and manage overgrown organizational networks.
When I sit down with my clients, they tell me that their needs have changed. Business is now conducted from multiple locations and many devices. Their employees need a flexible network to collaborate, connect with their customers, and they require easy access to all the new cloud-based technologies that have become critical to their mission. /
The business software industry has advanced with lightning speed in recent years. Businesses rely on technology more than ever before, putting tremendous pressure on their networks. Cloud based applications like VoIP, video, tools for online collaboration and large file transfers are now being funneled through their company’s shared circuit, and quality is suffering. Overloaded connections mean reduced speed and efficiency, poor quality voice and video communications, dropped calls and interrupted application sessions. Modern businesses need safe and reliable networks they can depend on.
So what can you do to provide your business with the efficient, reliable and safe infrastructure it needs? The two options are clear: you can invest in costly MPLS connections and continue to deal with expensive proprietary hardware and an overgrown patchwork of circuits that is nearly impossible to manage. Or you can deploy a cutting-edge technology called SD-WAN.
SD-WAN is a revolutionary approach to network connectivity that offers a flexible, reliable, secure cloud-based network without expensive, dedicated circuits.
Instead of going on and on about the benefits of SD-WAN, I’ll narrow it down to the 7 main reasons why you should replace or augment your MPLS with SD-WAN technology.
SD-WAN uses backup links in an active mode to double your bandwidth and monitors network conditions to route traffic over the strongest connection at any given moment. Because its application awareness technology allows you to define what traffic gets priority on your connections, you can improve the performance and speed of the software your employees rely on the most.
SD-WAN recognizes bandwidth sensitive applications such as VoIP, and routes them through the most reliable circuit, so your calls will never be dropped again. Centrally deployed policies allow you to prioritize applications crucial for your company’s mission.
SD-WAN allows you to centrally manage your network through a single pane of glass, and mass configure any number of devices in any number of locations with just one click. With zero-touch provisioning, deploying a new branch is easy.
Next Generation firewalls are built into your SD-WAN hardware, and they can be activated and configured from the same management console, sending your data through encrypted tunnels to protect it from attacks and surveillance.
Chances are that your email servers and business applications will eventually move to the cloud – if they haven’t already. SD-WAN helps you get a head start on that migration, setting up the infrastructure to support all your mission critical cloud-based technologies.
Avoid service interruptions, dropped calls and video stalls. SD-WAN software intelligently and seamlessly shifts active sessions from failed links to available ones, preventing any disruptions to end-user experience.
By augmenting or replacing your MPLS networks with SD-WAN, you will lower your ongoing operational expenses by routing less business-critical traffic through affordable broadband connections. With zero touch provisioning new locations cost you less to deploy.
Here at S-Net Communications we have deployed numerous SD-WAN networks. If you’re considering switching to SD-WAN, give us a call, we’d be happy to help!
CEO & Co-Founder