The days of branch offices relying on a fixed MPLS connection for internet traffic, data, and workflows back to the core network are over. Today, branch offices need to be an integral part of the network, rather than functioning as an add-on with a flimsy WAN connection.
Branch offices must utilise cloud-based resources and collaboration applications (such as VoIP and videoconferencing), which require highly scalable bandwidth.
Traditionally, MPLS provided these services but in today’s networks, cloud-based resources and data are constantly shifting and relocating, and rigid connections no longer suffice.
Enter, SD-WAN. It uses the public internet to securely connect branch offices with distributed resources while ensuring high performance for latency-sensitive and critical applications. And it is more than a connectivity replacement. SD-WAN also helps seamlessly interconnect with local branch functions. The SD-Branch combines SDN and virtualization with local access to internet and cloud resources, as well as LAN/Wi-Fi functions for local devices, to enable digital transformation to the WAN edge.
Are you leveraging SD-WAN to enable and empower your branch offices?