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sd-wan

Software defined networking to produce a better, controllable wide-area network. 

Increasingly, the world is online using internet. It’s awash in data from one end to the other, and so are we. Managing the flow of that data therefore becomes as vital as gathering the data in the first place. Whether you’re gathering data for use in analytics projects, finding out what customers like and don’t like, or incorporating data into customer relationship management (CRM) tools, there are a lot of end users who need that data—and plenty of customers who need that data secured.

Improving networking capabilities is part of the process of improving data flow, and for many, the software- defined wide area network (SD-WAN) is the place to start. In order to best use SD-WAN, however, it’s important to know more about it.

 

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What is sD-WAN?

SD-WAN is essentially the same thing as a wide-area network (WAN), but with the critical addition of software-defined networking (SDN). SDN is often mentioned in the same breath as network functions virtualization (NFV) in that they work toward a similar end result—the automation and virtualization of the network—but use different goals to get there.

SDN takes a series of network objects like firewalls and switches and specifically deploys these using SDN

controllers and other tools, ranging from open-source to commercially-available material to help drive automation. NFV, meanwhile, takes the various functions that the network would perform and, instead of relying on network components to carry them out, effectively subcontracts these functions to virtual operations.  If you are interested in full Managed SD-WAN, check our page  Xcel powered by Wanify.

what value does sd-wan have in a business?

Like any other technological advantage in business, companies want to be sure there will be a return on investment before carrying it out.

 

Reducing costs

Since even small retailers often have multiple branches— whether in the same town, same county, or same state—retailers will find the ability to pass data rapidly between outlets, or back to a central hub, deeply useful. Retailers increasingly run on data, as customer data helps determine what goods are stocked, what hours are kept, and even which personnel work at which times of day. All that data needs to be not only gathered but processed, and SD-WAN helps improve that processing.

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Greater Ease of Use

Setting up a new branch, remote office or the like is much easier with SD-WAN operations, as it can be as simple as setting up an appliance.

Better Responsiveness

That aforementioned simplicity tends to save costs, both direct and opportunity. With the IT department less hung up establishing new branches, the business can pursue new opportunities. That makes the business more responsive to changing market conditions and more likely to survive in the long-term.

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Who can best use sd-wan in everyday network operations?

If the benefits of SD-WAN sound appealing, then you may be considering setting up SD-WAN in your own operation. SD-WAN, however, is not for everybody. There are some cases that are much more clear-cut than others in terms of the best places to put SD-WAN to use.

 

Retailers

Since even small retailers often have multiple branches— whether in the same town, same county, or same state—retailers will find the ability to pass data rapidly between outlets, or back to a central hub, deeply useful. Retailers increasingly run on data, as customer data helps determine what goods are stocked, what hours are kept, and even which personnel work at which times of day. All that data needs to be not only gathered but processed, and SD-WAN helps improve that processing.

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Manufacturers

Manufacturing organizations are commonly spread out over large campuses, some taking up entire city blocks of acreage or more. They, like retailers, are also dependent on data, as raw materials are ordered and stored, finished goods are processed and sold, and the process repeats itself. The ability to move data rapidly and reliably from place to place, therefore, becomes vital, and SD-WAN delivers the ability to quickly connect and supply information where it’s needed most.

Healthcare

Healthcare organizations are commonly spread out over large campuses, some taking up entire city blocks of acreage or more. They, like retailers, are also dependent on data, as raw materials are ordered and stored, finished goods are processed and sold, and the process repeats itself. The ability to move data rapidly and reliably from place to place, therefore, becomes vital, and SD-WAN delivers the ability to quickly connect and supply information where it’s needed most.

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Financial Services

Financial services also fall prey to the demands of regulators—like the provisions of Sarbanes-Oxley, among others—and so must address the need for protection in data. Data needs to be transmitted back and forth, particularly among branch offices and central hubs, making SD-WAN a prime fit.

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How xcel can help

Xcel Services Group help businesses every day with SD-Wan:

  • We work with the best SD-WAN providers in the industry
  • Manage your SD-WAN so you can focus on revenue initiatives
  • Provide your business with our premium pricing discounts
  • Our service to your business is free

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