SD-WAN (Software-Defined Wide Area Network) is a technology that allows organisations to use software to manage and optimise their WAN (Wide Area Network) connections. This allows businesses to improve the application performance and security of their remote connections while reducing costs.
Some benefits of SD-WAN include:
Improved network performance: By using software to manage WAN connections, SD-WAN can dynamically route traffic over the best available connection, resulting in faster and more reliable connections for users.
Increased security: SD-WAN solutions typically include built-in security features such as VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) and firewalls, which can help protect remote connections from cyber threats.
Reduced costs: SD-WAN can help reduce costs by allowing businesses to use cheaper internet connections, such as broadband, instead of expensive dedicated connections like MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching).
Increased flexibility: By using software to manage WAN connections, businesses can easily add or remove remote locations, making it easier to scale their network as needed.
SD-WAN solutions also have the capability to prioritise different types of traffic and applications. This allows businesses to ensure that mission-critical applications receive priority over less important traffic, resulting in improved performance and reliability.
For example, an SD-WAN solution can be configured to prioritise voice and video traffic, ensuring that these types of applications are given priority over less time-sensitive traffic such as email or file transfers. This can be especially useful for organisations that rely on real-time communication tools like VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) or video conferencing.
Additionally, SD-WAN solutions will provide Quality of Service (QoS) policies, which allows businesses to ensure that important applications receive the bandwidth they need, while less important traffic can be throttled or blocked.
Overall, the ability to prioritise traffic and applications is one of the key benefits of SD-WAN, as it allows organisations to improve the performance and reliability of their network, while ensuring that mission-critical applications receive the resources they need to function properly.
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