SD-WAN is a software-defined (SD) approach to managing your wide area network (WAN) that helps businesses of all sizes protect their network from downtime.

This innovative approach to network connectivity enables you to optimize the user experience and simplify your network operations in the cloud. SD-WAN utilizes multiple circuit connections, like broadband internet, MPLS, LTE or 4G simultaneously. This connectivity independence delivers a flexible, cost-effective solution that keeps your business always connected.

Based on the available connectivity at your location and your network needs, we will use Cisco Meraki MX or VeloCloud by VMware for your SD-WAN solution. Blackfoot is focused on connection quality and guaranteed up-time. Our network is the backbone of our business and one of our core network requirements is ensuring we build the most secure and rapid route for every connection and application. Above all, we build your network as if it was our network. Benefit from our experienced and growing CCIE certified networking team and partnerships with innovative technology vendors.

Benefits of SD-WAN

  • Protect your business from network downtime and service outages.
  • Securely connect every office with auto-provisioning IPsec-based VPN technology.​ Plus, get new branches or offices online quickly using whatever internet connectivity is available at your location.
  • Easily control network traffic with a sharpened visibility into network performance. Plus, optimize bandwidth utilization and prioritize key business applications.
  • Enhanced network security with firewall features that automatically apply security and traffic shaping rules to ensure optimal performance. In addition, intrusion protection fortifies your network from any internal vulnerabilities and the latest external threats.
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Feature Comparison – Meraki vs VeloCloud

Feature Meraki VeloCloud
Highly scalable (1,000+ branches)
Centralized orchestration and automation for branch management and expansion
Real-time network performance monitoring including packet loss, latency, jitter statistics for WAN uplinks
Supports multiple WAN uplinks – Ethernet, LTE, MPLS
Zero-touch deployment to streamline branch expansion
Network and application-based traffic steering
Direct Internet Breakout (DIB) allows branches access to cloud applications directly through public internet using a single appliance
Basic SD-WAN and security features in one appliance
Unified Threat Management including IDS/IPS, advanced malware protection, content and URL filtering
Active/Active/Standby VPN – Utilize 2 WAN uplinks in an active/active configuration with 4G/LTE on standby in the event of failure of both wired WAN uplinks
Flexible, sophisticated, full-featured SD-WAN solution
Dynamic multi-path load balancing monitors all WAN uplinks on a continuous basis and if issues arise, traffic is steered proactively, dynamically and automatically on a sub-second basis to alternative transport path(s)
Supports virtual Edge (vEdge) on AWS or Azure cloud instances – securely extending your network into the cloud
Active/Active/Active VPN – Utilize up-to 3 WAN uplinks including 4G/LTE
2-armed gateway configuration provides ability to connect to external MPLS networks or attach private cloud on-ramping