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Networking redefined…

The race to digital transformation means businesses are embracing greater numbers of ‘as a service’ platforms and moving systems into the cloud. But can their networks handle it?

The problem is that the traditional WAN was never designed for the explosion of WAN traffic that typically comes with digital transformation. And that impairs application performance for users.

With everyone now so dependent on cloud-based services like Office 365, Google Drive, or Slack, what’s needed is a flexible and easy-to-manage network that delivers bandwidth efficiently and exactly where it’s needed – when it matters most.

So that no matter what services users consume via the internet – voice, video, data – they are always able to work fluidly and in a safe and secure way.

Which is why, to ensure maximum productivity in the digital age, organisations are taking advantage of a new approach – the software-defined wide-area network or SD-WAN.


SD-WAN

The need for a modern networking approach


Getting agile – making the move to SD-WAN


What is SD-WAN?


What about security?


Secure Access Service Edge (SASE)


Make your WAN work smarter with our Managed SD-WAN Services

 

5 Things to consider before deploying SD-WAN

Prior to deploying a SD-WAN solution, it’s important to think about current and future connectivity and security needs.


Step 1

Evaluation:

Consider everything from what applications are running on the network, where these are located (SaaS, data centre, IaaS), how much bandwidth is being used, and how much of the current infrastructure can be reused or repurposed.


Step 2

Security:

Traditional edge security is changing as companies transition to cloud networking, so it will be essential to consider how security features are deployed and configured for optimised protection and uptime.


Step 3

Carrier connectivity:

Investigate what local, national and international connectivity will be required and where potential issues could arise as a result of latency delays as traffic moves from ISP to ISP.


Step 4

Think about future needs:

New advancements like IoT, AI-based interactions with customers, intelligent beacons and smart stores may change the rules of the game as far as delivering the right security policies and Quality of Service (QoS) across service categories is concerned.


Step 5

Select:

The right partner, who can help your organisations realise its goals

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