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Feature of the Month | SD-WAN + NGFW = Unparalleled Application Visibility & Control

February 11, 2019
Application Visibility and Control with SD-WAN + NGFW

You already know that your SD-WAN solution gives you full visibility into the applications and web traffic running on your network, allowing you to identify red flags and manage your bandwidth use. But did you know that combining SD-WAN with a built-in Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) gives you full, granular control over all traffic running on your internet connections? Used together, they allow you to prioritize business-essential applications, limit user access to applications or websites, and put time limits on any of your settings.

With an NGFW built into your SD-WAN solution you can:

Prioritize Your Business-Essential Applications

Route your most critical traffic, such as VoIP, on an internet circuit of your choice. Using a NGFW, you can also rely on SD-WAN’s built-in network monitoring features to send it on the most stable connection at any given moment.

Set Bandwidth Constraints

Prevent non-essential applications, such as social media, sports or e-commerce, from draining your valuable resources. Determine how much bandwidth you allow each application to use. SD-WAN and its built-in NGFW allow you to set limits on individual applications, predefined groups of apps, or based on topic.

Manage User Access to Applications and Websites

You can limit social media use on your network without hurting your Marketing department. Manage which IP addresses, users or groups of users have access to specific applications, or deny access altogether.

Put Time Limits on Your Settings

Set time parameters for any number of configurations. Designate timeframes when your routing, bandwidth or user-related settings should be in effect.

Create Custom Application Categories

For a more detailed overview and control over your network traffic, customize your SD-WAN management console with application categories unique to your industry or business.

 

SD-WAN, coupled with a built-in NGFW, enables you to fully manage all activities on your network, ensuring that your business-critical applications are always running at peak performance.

If you want to learn more about SD-WAN or would like to add an NGFW to your existing solution, contact your S-NET Client Technology Advisor or our Sales Team today.

 

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