Move Towards True Internet Continuity
What is true internet continuity?
To understand what internet continuity is, we first need to understand what a SD-WAN is. SD-WAN is an acronym for Software Defined networking in a Wide Area Network. Simply put, SD-WAN is a centralized virtual architecture that helps manage and direct traffic across a Wide Area Network, thus allowing users to securely connect to cloud applications. This increases application performance while delivering high-quality user experience, which results in increased business productivity, agility and reduced costs for IT.
SD-WANs have been around for a while but now we are moving into the era of true internet continuity all thanks to cloud-first SD-WANs. Unlike regular SD-WAN solutions which use a single architecture, a cloud-first SD-WAN uses a split architecture. That means it can utilize both the routers at the customer sites, as well as a dedicated network built into some of the biggest internet exchange points or hubs across the country or the world. This results in the customer’s traffic moving to and from applications efficiently and securely. Also, due to bi-directional control the SD-WAN quickly adapts to changing conditions ensuring continued internet connectivity no matter what happens. And this is precisely what true internet connectivity means.
What are the key features of a good cloud-first SD-WAN?
- It should be able to adapt to load changes in real-time so that there is always free-flowing traffic throughout the network.
- It should be able to prioritize Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and other real-time traffic across internet connections, even with varying bandwidth. This is very important especially with the new normal when almost entire organizations are remote and working across internet connections with a wide range of bandwidths.
- It should have a dedicated IP address failover. This ensures that if a failover happens your active session doesn’t drop out irrespective of what application you are using.
- It should be able to optimize Virtual Private Network (VPN) traffic. While working remotely a lot of organizations use VPNs to connect and share data securely. But VPNs usually require high performance telecommunication networks called Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) which are very costly as well as difficult to set up and manage if your entire workforce is working remotely. The solution – having optimized VPN traffic so that employees can connect to and use VPNs using just their regular broad-bands.
As more businesses move towards a remote work setup, it is becoming crucial to have uninterrupted and secure internet connectivity and cloud-first SD-WAN is the best way to achieve that. Want to learn more about how your organization can achieve true internet continuity? Get in touch today and let our IT experts help you come up with a solution that best meets your needs.