Software-defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) solutions are changing the IT infrastructure for businesses nationwide, allowing them to do more than ever before with one centralized platform. DQE recently published an eBook diving into the many benefits of SD-WAN. In this blog post, we’ll examine the highlights.
What is SD-WAN?
A Software-defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) is a virtual WAN architecture that allows businesses with multiple sites to manage their network traffic from one main location. Centrally managed and cloud-friendly in its functionality, an SD-WAN offers businesses unique advantages in directly connecting users to any application whether it is hosted in on-premise data centers or private/public clouds. Conventional WAN scenarios are already ideal for traditional business needs involving higher bandwidth and data-intensive applications, but they typically require more manual monitoring, resulting in reduced productivity and efficiency for a company’s employees. Fortunately, evolving to an SD-WAN deployment can give enterprises an added advantage in network management as they adopt new communication, collaboration and business intelligence tools.
SD-WAN virtualizes legacy WAN services. With SD-WAN, IT teams can use a centralized network management software interface to direct traffic across the WAN and scale across multiple locations. By separating a network’s hardware from decisions about traffic management, an SD-WAN can provide businesses with a centralized, cost-effective and secure way to improve application performance.
As more businesses increase dependence on cloud computing, the adoption of SD-WAN solutions is expected to grow. According to International Data Corporation, SD-WAN is expected to experience a compound annual growth rate of 30.8% from 2018 to 2023, reaching $5.25 billion. While traditional WANs will continue to meet the needs of businesses with more traditional point-to-point connectivity needs, SD-WANs will be ideal solutions for businesses shifting to the use of SaaS and for those adopting more machine learning, artificial intelligence, unified communication services and more.
Ready for SD-WAN
As a leading provider of fiber optic network solutions, DQE is always innovating and finding new ways to support the needs of our customers. Recognizing the growing demand for SD-WAN solutions, we offer a unique SD-WAN Managed Service that gives businesses the ability to obtain the flexibility and efficiencies of SD-WAN without the challenges of self-configuring the infrastructure and network connections.
DQE’s SD-WAN Managed Services monitor and manage all software updates while providing customers with enhanced visibility and control through an online web portal. SD-WAN services can be integrated into an existing infrastructure as an overlay, easily providing interconnection between multiple sites, cloud services or offsite data centers. We also offer support for companies with remote branches outside of our extensive fiber optic network footprint. DQE’s SD-WAN Managed Services makes it easy for customers to scale and add new locations on their terms.