Why SD-WAN is Critical to Your Business

Why SD-WAN is Critical to Your Business

Wide area networks are the backbone of today’s enterprises. Essentially, they allow businesses to carry out daily functions regardless of location.

Traditionally, many businesses would connect remote sites to headquarters, and would route traffic via MPLS lines. But these lines are expensive, often costing businesses $10,000 to $15,000 a month. That adds up to millions of dollars across the enterprise each year.

As businesses turn toward a digital now mentality, many are beginning to recognize the benefits of SD-WAN, which can supplement MPLS links with simple and cheap internet links. Traffic can continue to move through MPLS links, but can also be directed through cost-efficient internet links. The cost difference between legacy and software defined WAN can be as great as 10:1.

SD-WAN is having a moment. If you think about it, many businesses and their customers are already accessing applications and services from their own laptops and phones, which require only a simple internet link for traffic flow. When businesses continue to direct traffic through MPLS links, the data is actually taking a much longer journey to get from point A to B.

SD-WAN is an especially attractive technology now for two reasons: ease of deployment and universal policies. Long gone are the days of needing tech-savvy employees to turn nobs on routers to make configuration changes. And policies you set up are applied universally. There’s no need to “tell” each remote site how to interact with HQ.

The automation capabilities of the SD-WAN help ensure the necessary network availability. For example, when SD-WAN is working properly, the loss of a single link shouldn’t impact the performance of an application because the system will automatically adapt to changing conditions. Voice, video and data should be seamlessly transitioned to backup links. This level of automation is one of the compelling features that make SD-WAN so attractive to customers.

SD-WAN is a key component of a business’ digital transformation. And it requires a much higher level of visibility.

That’s why SevOne has partnered with multiple industry leaders to create integrated offerings in key areas like software-defined networking environments, datacenter server and storage, hybrid cloud, business analytics, the Internet of Things and more.

Earlier this year, SevOne and Viptela announced a partnership to offer a highly scalable solution to manage and monitor SD-WANs. The Viptela solution enables organizations to build large-scale networks with full integration of routing, security, centralized policy and orchestration, while SevOne assures the performance of those networks, allowing for rapid change with much reduced risk.

Additionally, the SevOne and Cisco alliance was designed to help our mutual customers achieve the highest benefit from both companies' technologies. Cisco customers can leverage SevOne to gain improved visibility and understanding of their Cisco IT infrastructure, including Cisco IWAN.

Adding value to our SD-WAN offering is SevOne’s ability to collect all data, including metrics, flows and logs.

When monitoring SD-WAN, you’ll look for metrics that show how much traffic is in the pipe, latency, packet loss, who it utilizing the pipe and when. Flow data will also inform monitoring decisions. And if you’re looking for policy information– what changed and what caused it, you’ll find that in the log data.

With metrics, flows, and logs, you have the power of complete end-to-end visibility of your network. That’s how you make SD-WAN work.

SevOne manages the performance of SD-WAN as part of an organization’s complete digital infrastructure – both during the roll-out of SD-WAN and in ongoing operations. SevOne helps its customers adapt to the rapid change and scale of SD-WANs, while mitigating the transition risk.

In order to remain competitive in 2016, businesses need to embrace emerging technologies like SD-WAN. A software defined wide area network comes with a myriad of benefits: cost savings, automation and reduced risk.

Gartner says that 1 percent of enterprises have SD-WAN solutions deployed today. But the promise of cost savings and performance improvements will drive that number to more than 30 percent by 2019, analysts say.

Are you ready to take your business to the next level?

For more on our partnerships, visit our Alliances page.