Software Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) is a broad term that is still being
Software Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) is a broad term that is still being defined by the designers and the consumers of this emerging technology. That said, we wanted to provide an overview of the different technical approaches currently being offered as there are several, all with their own unique attributes.
The SD-WAN solutions being offered today give end users, network administrators and Managed Service Providers (MSPs) the ability to adjust, optimize, automate and test their WAN connections through software controls. SD-WAN uses tools like encryption, Quality of Service (QoS), traffic shaping and alerts to make the most of the WAN connections. In addition to these core features, some solutions may also include functionality like firewalls, voice controllers, and traffic optimization to get closer to a converged solution set.
The right SD-WAN solution makes your WAN work better, makes management easier, can save you the expense of downtime from unplanned carrier outages and the hassle of quality of service issues like jitter and latency. That said, the right solution needs to be chosen, and deployed correctly, to fully realize these benefits. It’s our hope that the information that follows will help you find the best solution for your business.