Sport offers some great examples of innovation through technology. Take the computer systems developed to offer ‘decision support’ for referees and umpires. Solutions initially deployed in cricket to track the trajectory/position of balls in play can now be found in sports ranging from football and tennis, to badminton and Gaelic games.
A perfect example of this is ‘software-defined’ technology, and making apps independent of the underlying infrastructure – a fashion that began with virtual servers, before moving on to storage and networks (see our previous blog on software-defined networks).
Recently, however, there’s been a new addition to those tech areas going ‘virtual’: software-defined wide-area networks (SD-WANs).
For those of you not in the know, SD-WAN provides organizations with the ability to dynamically connect branch offices and data centers together over large geographic distances.
SD-WAN is a direct response to the demands of cloud-based businesses, where:
Due to the promise of SD-WAN, many CIOs are sitting up and taking notice. Indeed, spend on the technology continues to grow at a steady pace:
In part such numbers are due to the technology’s ability to align enterprise networks to digital transformation and cloud initiatives, leading to 2019 being labeled ‘the year of SD-WAN’. Hence why many cloud service providers are bundling SD-WAN into their overall service offerings.
As for the high-level benefits of SD-WAN, these are particularly relevant for companies moving workloads into a public cloud – and therefore in need of the necessary bandwidth and reliability, alongside an easy set-up procedure.
Additional benefits include:
Finally there are the use cases surrounding SD-WAN that help further boost the attractiveness of the technology. These scenarios feature businesses that:
SD-WAN is built on the premise that infrastructures supported by WANs can often experience issues due to high volumes of traffic – and lead to service outages, traffic congestion, and packet loss.
To prevent this from happening, SD-WAN dynamically routes traffic through a hybrid network to increase its agility and enhance the quality of service for mission-critical apps. In addition, such capabilities help reduce the burden on IT associated with setting up and maintaining telecom connections. It also enables them to better troubleshoot issues, and to ultimately realize cost reductions at scale.
Give your IT performance a boost
As with the introduction of decision-review systems, where the watching audience closely scrutinizes every call, deploying SD-WAN can be a high-profile venture. That’s why you’ll need a trusted partner who can help take the biggest workloads off your shoulders. COMPAREX can support you throughout the project – from designing the telecom network, through initial set-up and roll-out of the equipment, to the hosting of the control center.
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