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Software-Defined Wide Area Network, commonly known as SD-WAN, allows your organization to dynamically manage wide area networks (WANs), allowing for uninterrupted connectivity. Rather than relying on switches, routers, and other hardware, the software lets you control your networks virtually.
SD-WAN gives you a central platform to monitor, manage, and configure network traffic. Removing the physical connection to the hardware provides freedom and flexibility, ensuring you can quickly react to downtime and latency issues.
You don’t want issues with latency because bandwidth is going to the wrong applications. SD-WAN allows you to establish application-based rules and policies to intelligently route traffic based on the specific needs of applications. Real-time applications like video conferencing can be prioritized over less time-sensitive tasks. And as your needs change, you can quickly change and update these rules.
At any moment, SD-WAN can also optimize traffic flow by selecting the most efficient path based on current network conditions. Additionally, when utilizing cloud-based services and applications, SD-WAN can intelligently route traffic directly to the cloud, bypassing the need to backhaul through a central data center.
A DDoS attack and malware can interrupt connectivity and grind your business to a halt. Depending on your particular service, SD-WAN may help avoid connectivity disruptions through built-in security features like encryption, firewall capabilities, and threat detection. You can also automatically block unauthorized devices from accessing your network, preventing data theft or hacking attempts. SD-WAN is another safeguard for your network from potential threats.
In the event of a network outage, SD-WAN can automatically reroute traffic so you and your staff have uninterrupted connectivity. This allows for uninterrupted connectivity for critical operations.
SD-WAN solutions often provide detailed analytics and reporting, giving your administrators a clear view of network performance and utilization. This data gives you insights into how to tweak your protocols for optimal performance. It also gives you information that can help you identify and proactively address potential issues.
In an increasingly connected world, reliable connectivity is a must. SD-WAN provides centralized control, optimizes traffic flow, and enhances security, giving you increased confidence in your network and an agile and efficient network ecosystem.
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