Improve network uptime, reliability, and security with SD-WAN, a cost-effective business network solution.
SD-WAN simplifies your network operations in the cloud and provides greater flexibility by using whatever internet connection is available at your location, such as broadband, LTE, or MPLS. SD-WAN leverages intelligent routing, allowing you to use policies to manage data packets and ensure critical applications run smoothly. SD-WAN also provides improved network visibility, network cost savings, and is easy to deploy and manage.
What is SD-WAN?
SD-WAN is a software-defined (SD) approach to managing your wide area network (WAN). Check out our blog to learn how SD-WAN works and why it's an easier way to manage your business network.
Benefits of Managed SD-WAN
- Protect your business from network downtime and service outages.
- Securely connect every office, 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.
Feature Comparison – Cisco vs. VMWare
Blackfoot partners with Cisco and VMware for our Managed SD-WAN solution. Based on your needs and the available connectivity at your location, we'll use Cisco Meraki MX or VMware.
|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||✅|
|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||✅|
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