It is important for a growing business to have a strong network that can support heavy data consumption. Most of the apps consume a lot of bandwidth and this can impact the network by slowing it down - a serious problem for the business during peak business hours.
As the business expands, implementing applications and network management can become a troublesome experience for IT Managers due to the network complexity. To expand connections the cost will increase similarly.
SD-WAN is a tailor-made solution for all these issues. With Micronova, you can experience simple, better performing, cost-effective, and secured network environments that can help in easy deploying and scaling of SD-WAN solutions.
Deploying Micronova’s SD-WAN services not only transforms your business’s network infrastructure but also boosts productivity and saves you enough time to focus on your business goals.
SD-WAN or Software-Defined Wide Area Network is smarter connectivity for your business that replaces the complex connection practices such as MPLS lines and eliminates dependence on single software solutions.
The SD-WAN being hosted on the cloud provides an infrastructure that allows traffic routing based on specific applications, policymaking, centralized management and helps achieve seamless connectivity
Benefits of SD-WAN adoption for your business.
There are three main components to this virtualized SD-WAN network:
-The SD-WAN edge is where the network endpoints reside. This can be a branch office, a remote data center, or a cloud platform.
-An SD-WAN Orchestrator is the virtualized manager for the network, overseeing traffic and applying policy and protocol set by operators
-The SD-WAN Controller centralizes management, and enables operators to see the network through a single pane of glass, and set policy for the orchestrator to execute.
These components make up the basic structure of an SD-WAN.
MPLS is expensive when compared to SD-WAN
With SD-WAN, you can expect significant cost reduction as it provides completely optimized, multi-point connectivity using distributed, private data traffic exchange and control points allowing users secure, local access to the services they need. These services can be from the network or the cloud.
MPLS connections with 100Mbps + bandwidth and monthly costs will be too expensive.
SD-WAN enables your company to fully utilize multiple, high/low bandwidth, inexpensive internet connections constantly. This includes business-class cable, 4G, fiber, and so on. Your company experiences a fast internet connection by aggregating multiple connections.
SD-WAN can throttle low priority traffic on-the-fly and (for users with multiple ISP connections) always uses the fastest route to send the internet traffic using the circuit.
MPLS doesn’t execute any of the actions as they have a single network connection and as your Class of Service (CoS) setting is static restricts the ability to adjust on-the-fly.
Aggregating multiple ISP internet and WAN connections at a single site will help your company achieve seamless circuit redundancy for your WAN even across multiple circuit types and within the network of services providers.
With MPLS, there can be failover to a secondary internet connection sometimes but it is typically not instantaneous and leaves us with no other backup plans.
Increased performance at small, remote, or international sites:
Almost every company has sites that don’t suit well for MPLS network due to various reasons. The site may be too small ( due to the high cost of an MPLS circuit), or they cannot be serviceable by the MPLS provider (as the providers are in a remote or international location). Such scenarios force companies with MPLS to suffer less-than-desirable performance as the complete traffic is run over an IPSEC VPN.
On the contrary, SD-WAN provides agnostic and will deliver the same benefits, no matter which underlying ISP your company is using.
No longer imprisoned by your ISP:
MPLS connection requires you to have its service provider at every site.
As a result, it takes a whole lot of reasons to make you want to go through the hassle of switching your company’s MPLS provider. You are bound in a difficult situation.
Whereas, with SD-WAN being ISP agnostic, your company can never be caught with ISP and can benefit from adding or removing ISP’s at any site and time easily.
A Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) is a WAN architecture that is virtual and allows companies to securely connect users to applications using MPLS, LTE, and broadband internet services.
The major advantages of having SD-WAN is that
• It helps in improving the performance
• Provides robust edge-to-edge security
• Decreases complexity
• Cost reduction
• Advanced application visibility and control
SD-WAN may reduce the usage extent of MPLS but cannot replace MPLS. This is because Software-Defined WAN encourages organizations to use the different connections for their underlay not because it is directly replacing MPLS.
No, SD-WAN is a software that is being used to determine your traffic flow, unlike VPN, it can’t create a tunnel for private browsing. It is used to configure network policies and manage the network.
The features provided by SD-WAN beyond basic connectivity include:
• Zero-touch provisioning
• Encryption key rotation
• Application-aware routing, reporting, and analytics
• Optimized cloud connectivity
• End-to-End micro-segmentation
|Connectivity||Dual MPLS (active-backup)||Combination of MPLS, Broadband, and LTE|
|Cloud access||Backhaul to Data Center and then to the cloud||Direct access|
|Elasticity/ Scalability||Requires server-month delay to add capacity||Increase capacity as needed using broadband connectivity|