A software-defined wide area network, known more commonly as SD-WAN, distributes network traffic by using SDN technology to automate and prioritize routing to and from branch offices and data centers. SD-WAN can introduce elements of complexity to network management, but in this era of increasing network traffic and a demand for speed, SD-WAN is a valuable tool. For example, it allows enterprises to prioritize business-critical traffic to travel over faster, more secure connections or to set failover options for downed links. This Priority Report gathers a range of SD-WAN information and covers key topics, including what SD-WAN technology is, the challenges and benefits of SD-WAN, managed SD-WAN services and the future of SD-WAN.
1Pros and cons-
SD-WAN advantages and disadvantages
Before adopting SD-WAN technology, it's important to learn all about SD-WAN benefits, as well as concerns that come with it to determine if it's the right choice for your organization.
Although SD-WAN can improve network flexibility and agility, a survey from Cato Networks said major SD-WAN challenges include complexity and maturity concerns. Continue Reading
SD-WAN technology can provide worldwide organizations with reliable, secure and high-speed connections to branch and/or remote offices. Learn more about the services and vendors. Continue Reading
SD-WAN: Where to begin
SD-WAN technology has many different aspects to it, such as upgrades, vendors and its effects on network functions. Learn which SD-WAN benefits work for your organization and what to look for before buying.
A survey from Frost & Sullivan shows companies approached SD-WAN deployment cautiously -- in part because the market could potentially disrupt traditional network functions, but also because of certain SD-WAN technology components such as service chaining and integrated functionality, are more complicated than expected. Continue Reading
Learn how SD-WAN appliance technology works and how its accelerated and expanded consolidation of branch stacks can benefit you. Continue Reading
SD-WAN technology can help minimize poor-quality issues with real-time network traffic -- such as VoIP and video -- by improving reliability and prioritizing traffic. Continue Reading
Managed SD-WAN services
SD-WAN technology is available in many different forms and models, and among these are managed SD-WAN services. Discover what these services provide, tips for how to get started and how they compare with other SD-WAN technology services.
When considering SD-WAN managed services offerings, ask these important questions about the services and SD-WAN technology to help start the process. Continue Reading
The future of SD-WAN
The future of SD-WAN is being shaped by changes and advances in multi-cloud, SD-branch and automation. See how these trends will impact SD-WAN technology and what trends could benefit your organization.