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Written By: Mitch Satov

What if a national or regional network outage leaves your company stranded without an internet connection? With almost everything connected to the cloud, it is practically impossible to work and do business without an internet connection. Your business would not suffer if you had a Software Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) with multiple internet connections using diverse carriers and divergent technologies.

If you’ve been wondering, what is SD-WAN, look no further. SD-WAN is an advanced technology and a transformative solution redefining how businesses manage their network infrastructure. This technology ensures not only secure, private and efficient communication across multiple sites but also unparalleled network performance and reliability.

SD-WAN uses software to control and optimize the flow of data across multiple internet connections, ensuring improved performance, and increased reliability. It uses software to control and optimize the flow of data across multiple internet connections, ensuring improved performance, increased reliability, and reduced costs. Not only can SD-WAN be a cost effective solution, it minimizes the cost of downtime to your business.

SD-WAN is Changing the Game and Here’s How:

  1. Enhanced Data Security: Encrypt your data in transit and protect it against intercepts through obfuscation. The system distributes LAN packets across multiple circuits, adding an extra layer of security.

  2. Uninterrupted Voice & Video Calls: SD-WAN technology ensures that critical voice or video calls remain connected even during ISP outages. It provides a stable WAN IP and eliminates the need to re-establish a call over a backup internet connection, maintaining call quality and consistent business continuity.

  3. Business Agility: With real-time monitoring of circuit health for all internet connections, as well as automatic management, the system ensures data is always sent over your best available internet connection(s).  SD-WAN adapts to changing network conditions in real time.

4. Prioritization of Critical Traffic: The system allows you to prioritize traffic using default or custom Quality of Service (QoS) profiles. This feature ensures that operationally critical applications have network priority and perform at their best when employees need it.

5. Simplified Deployment and Management: SD-WAN technology simplifies connecting multiple sites to each other and to any cloud service, public or private. It has a central (automated) network and process management which makes changes fast and easy, resulting in cost and time savings.

SD-WAN = Business Continuity

“SD-WAN aggregates multiple wireline and wireless internet circuits for guaranteed uptime and reliability. The key to business continuity is having multiple internet connections of unique technologies so that one network outage does not hurt your business.”

More Than Just a Networking Solution

Note that SD-WAN is not just a networking solution or MPLS replacement, it’s a business strategy tool that empowers businesses today. By adopting SD-WAN, businesses can not only optimize their network performance but also achieve significant cost savings, improve security, and enhance their overall operational agility. As the business landscape continues to evolve, integrating SD-WAN into your operational strategy can be a key factor in staying ahead in a competitive market.

In today’s globalized business environment, having a distributed workforce is common. SD-WAN facilitates better remote access solutions and integrates seamlessly with cloud services, making it easier for teams to collaborate and access resources, regardless of their location in the world.

If you’re looking to connect your business which has multiple locations, SD-WAN is the right modern solution. It provides security, reliability, managed performance, and scalability that are critical and cost effective.

FlashForward has SD-WAN options, call us today so we assess your business and figure out the right solution for you!

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