With modern WAN management and visibility tools, many enterprises can get more bandwidth out of their existing corporate network, taking advantage of unused resources. That means CIOs and IT managers may not even need to purchase more bandwidth to support their growing number of cloud applications and services. Even if they do, centralized management portals make it fast and easy to add more power. Here’s how SD-WAN and application-based routing capabilities squeeze more bandwidth out of your network–juicing it for all it’s worth.
There’s been a lot of excitement about SD-WAN among forward-thinking CIOs, because many see it a two-pronged tool to both maximize bandwidth usage and enable productivity among IT teams. The power of SD-WAN comes largely from one of its best features: application-based routing. WAN traffic management is a consistent IT challenge. One key benefit of SD-WAN is its ability to prioritize how bandwidth is allocated and to make assignments automatically–this is where application-based routing comes in. It’s the automated network traffic steering tool.
SD-WAN application-based routing features make it possible for businesses to set policies to switch transports on the fly based on their own defined parameters, as opposed to destination-based routing, which does not support this capability. As a behind-the-scenes enabler, application-based routing allows the centralized control of WAN traffic flows, making use of all network paths (both private and public). This way, bandwidth is automatically assigned based on your prioritized list of applications, users, and locations.
Managed SD-WAN solutions are backed by software-defined networking platforms and real-time performance dashboards. This deep visibility and on-demand control is key, as it gives IT professionals the ability to preemptively schedule bandwidth adjustments (to support off-hours data backup for instance) and manually dial up and down resources if the regularly scheduled bandwidth plan doesn’t meet expectations. The result is an agile system that flexes to the needs of dynamic enterprises actively adding new cloud apps or evolving on digital transformation journeys.
SD-WAN clearly adds value as a way to automatically put resources where they’re needed, but solution set-up, edge device maintenance, routing management, and network monitoring can sometimes act as a barrier to entry for IT teams that are already overwhelmed. To avoid these issues, many enterprises turn to a managed SD-WAN provider for help with deployment and proactive monitoring 24/7.
How much more “juice” and cost efficiencies can enterprises get from SD-WAN’s application-based routing? One company used Masergy’s Managed SD-WAN to tap into unused bandwidth. The result: the solution reallocated existing resources, boosting available bandwidth by 30% and reducing costs by 40%:
Beyond just cost savings, what excites me the most about SD-WAN in 2019?
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A turnkey offering like Masergy’s Managed SD-WAN is an efficiency tool, boosting bandwidth utilization and IT productivity. As a fully managed service, it’s simple to deploy and maintain. And it’s flexible too, enabling you to connect any location/application via any transport method (public or private). By partnering with the only visionary in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for global network services, your enterprise will be able to intelligently use all available bandwidth to enable price-performance optimization.
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