What is SD-WAN?
SD-WAN is a software-defined (SD) approach to managing your wide area network (WAN).
This innovative approach enables you to optimize your user experience and simplify your network operations in the cloud.
Traditional WANs weren’t designed for the volume of traffic enabled by the cloud. This increased traffic can cause issues with application performance, data security and more. Plus, in today’s digital landscape, users have varying types of connections and access applications in many different places. SD-WAN simplifies operations with cloud-based network management, enabling you to provide the optimal path for the best user experience.
Benefits of SD-WAN
Simplify Your Operations
SD-WAN simplifies your corporate network in so many ways. It’s highly secure. It protects you against service outages. It lets you bring new offices online really fast, so your network can scale with your business. And, SD-WAN gives you next-level control and visibility into your network traffic.
Improve Application Performance
With SD-WAN, you can use the bandwidth from all of your circuits at the same time. Therefore, you can ensure the highest level of performance for your end users. SD-WAN utilizes application aware routing that tracks important circuit qualities, such as packet loss, latency, jitter and load. As a result, traffic is redirected to the best available path in real time, making sure applications have the required bandwidth to process critical business functions.
Enhance Network Security
SD-WAN uses identity-based 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. You can use content filtering to block undesirable web content. Also, you can securely connect every office with auto-provisioning IPsec-based VPN technology.
Increase Uptime and Agility
SD-WAN utilizes multiple circuit connections, like broadband internet, MPLS, LTE or 4G simultaneously. This transport independence keeps your business connected around the clock. In addition, SD-WAN uses deep-packet identification that allows you to inspect data packets down to the application level and control them via traffic shaping policies. As a result, you can easily identify bandwidth consuming applications to better manage traffic policies and ensure critical applications are running smoothly.
Scale with Ease
When you're expanding your business, adding a new office to your network can be a time consuming, expensive and potentially manual process for your technology team. With SD-WAN, you can get branches online quickly using whatever connectivity is available. Plus, template-based, zero-touch provisioning from a centralized resource enables you to save time and maintain security standards.
Benefit From Our Partnership
A core network requirement for Blackfoot is ensuring the most secure and rapid route is built for every connection and every application. We are focused on connection quality and guaranteed up-time because our network is the backbone of our business. We have an experienced and growing CCIE certified networking team coupled with deep relationships with innovative technology vendors. Above all, we build your network as if it was our network.