SD-branch is a single, automated, centrally managed hardware platform and framework that supports SD-WAN, routing, integrated security and LAN/Wi-Fi functions. Software-defined networking (SDN) and virtualization is used to increase bandwidth efficiency and application performance, and SD-branch is a software-centric approach to apply this to branch offices. A natural successor in the evolution of SD-WAN, SD-branch incorporates a similar template with more capabilities suitable for enhancing and simplifying the process of branching networks.
SD-branch technology includes the following three components:
- A virtualized IP services platform that provides cloud-like elasticity, service chaining and programmability.
- A broad set of VNFs to deliver extensive networking and security IP services.
- A centralized management framework that allows integrated control, management, analytics and workflow.
One of the attractions of implementing SD-branch is the potential operational expense savings. Instead of using middle box appliances, SD-branch solutions consolidate technology to lower overhead costs and reduce the need for IT staff to manually program new products on site.
Benefits of SD-branch
- Operational agility, or rapid deployment for new locations.
- Network and security functions can be controlled or adjusted through a centralized management console.
- Reduces the need for trained IT, support and maintenance professionals, saving cost and time.
- Smaller hardware footprint.
- Lower power consumption.
- Network performance scalability.