SD-WAN

A Single Source Solution Provider for All Your SD-WAN Service Needs

WHAT IS SOFTWARE DEFINED WAN?

SD-WAN is the application of software-based network technologies to WAN connections to more effectively route all network traffic between headquarters or data centers, remote and branch offices, and the cloud.

More simply, it is the method of leveraging the benefits of the cloud, the bandwidth of broadband and existing enterprise-wide network infrastructure to more efficiently and cost effectively transmit media (data, video, voice) and quickly access cloud applications from every location in the network.

SD-WAN dynamically utilizes multiple available connections (MPLS, broadband, LTE) to find the optimal delivery path for traffic across the entire network, shaping the bandwidth as needed to eliminate jitter and dropped data packets, thereby delivering an optimal user experience regardless of location.

The more sophisticated solutions will first attempt to dynamically steer traffic to the best available link and if the available links show any transmission issues, they will immediately apply on-demand remediation to the link to ensure performance of the high priority applications.

WHY CHOOSE SD-WAN?
SD-WAN Provides Your Business

  • Best overall value and functionality
  • Agility and speed when adding locations
  • Redundancy, scalability and fault tolerance
  • Quality of experience for critical applications
  • Simplification of operations
  • Connectivity to other cloud-based solutions
  • Dynamic bandwidth
  • Cost effective upgrades
  • Support whenever you need it
  • Application acceleration and optimization

Your business requires a robust communications and data network for its mission critical applications and services. Traditionally that has been accomplished by connecting private sites with MPLS or other private circuits. SD-WAN provides solutions that not only meet or exceed those offered by traditional WAN technologies, but can provide additional capabilities, such as redundancy, application acceleration, dynamic bandwidth to large cloud providers, and more. Map and scale to your business objectives faster and more effectively, with SD-WAN.

WHY IS IT CHANGING THE NETWORK GAME?
Traditionally, enterprises utilized dedicated and private, but bandwidth constrained, and expensive MPLS networks for communications between branch offices, to/from headquarter locations, and to access applications and data housed in data centers. Broadband was only considered acceptable as a back-up due to unreliable performance and security concerns.

Then cloud applications (such as SalesForce, Office365, WebEx, etc.) entered the picture and as enterprises moved to utilizing these on a day-to-day basis, MPLS alone was inadequate from an architecture or bandwidth perspective, especially for cloud and real-time applications.

Enterprises needed a method of allowing each enterprise location to quickly, with business grade performance, and continuous uptime, access 1) every other location in the network; 2) data center-located applications and data; 3) all cloud applications.

Isn’t SD-WAN really SDN? SDN is an architecture, whereas SD-WAN is a technology that can be purchased. SD-WAN is built on the foundational concepts of SDN.

WHY WORK WITH US?
As Your Solutions Partner, Valiant GS

  • Is independent & can deliver multiple options
  • Will learn your business structure and goals
  • Will understand your IT infrastructure
  • Will determine the optimal SD-WAN solution
  • Will research to source the optimal supplier
  • Will implement and support the selected solution
  • Stay on to handle all customer service and escalations
  • Become an integrated part of your organization’s ecosystem

SD-WAN is becoming the mainstream choice for many organizations. Does using Internet facing circuits instead of private circuits sound intimidating? It doesn’t have to. Valiant Global Solutions partners with the world’s leading SD-WAN providers, and can address concerns about security, redundancy, quality of experience, and more. 

BENEFITS OF SD-WAN
Network Agility

Because SD-WAN is cloud-delivered and software based, it allows for quick adaptation to changing needs including adding access to cloud-based services, standing up new branches or remote offices, and dynamic routing of all traffic for optimized application and data delivery.

Ease of Deployment

SD-WAN allows for various deployment options including completely cloud- or software-based, hardware based, or a hybrid (cloud/ software and hardware). In each instance, all the components are able to connect to each other when brought online and configurations are pushed from the central monitoring and management orchestrator. There is no need for a specialized technician to facilitate installation.

Central Management and Control

A centrally located orchestrator monitors all network activity, alerting of problems, and enabling the remote remediation of issues. The orchestrator enables the automatic push of configurations to each network node and add accessibility to common software platforms to every location quickly and efficiently. In addition, it delivers real-time analytics and reporting.

Cost Reduction

Gartner reports that an SD-WAN deployment is 2.5 times less expensive than traditional WAN architectures. The root of this reduction is attributed to:

  • Leveraging existing infrastructure to transmit all traffic and access cloud applications (MPLS, broadband, LTE).
  • Reducing problem identification and associated remediation costs: Central management and control of network activity eliminates the need to send out trained technicians to assess issues and repair them.
  • Payment plans that are subscription models, allowing pay-as-you-go plans that defray high upfront investment costs and on-going maintenance and upgrade fees.
  • Zero touch provisioning that allows quick branch deployments and time to accessibility as all deployment functions are managed from the central IT home office.
  • The lack of need to deploy application-specific hardware or software at each branch location as all locations can access the same cloud-based applications.
BANDWIDTH AGGREGATION
SD-WAN allows companies to utilize multiple Internet circuits, balance the load across them, and deliver a solid quality of experience. Aggregating the Internet circuits allows for large amounts of bandwidth, while securely connecting to additional private locations. Additional sites can be added in very short order once Internet access is acquired. What’s not to like—fast deployment, redundancy, secure connections, and solid quality of experience?
SECURITY
Businesses appreciate the cost associated with Internet circuits, but worry about security if transmitting sensitive data. SD-WAN provides secure connections between sites and reduced complexities – a benefit of as-a-Service solutions!
QUALITY OF EXPERIENCE
SD-WAN solutions can provide prioritization to the mission critical applications your business demands. Typically, providers choose the best circuit based on real-time statistics giving priority to video, voice, and other business applications. SD-WAN solutions optimize the traffic, reducing overall latency, jitter and response times, and accelerate the applications themselves.
DYNAMIC BANDWIDTH
Do you utilize or plan to utilize other cloud services, such as AWS, Azure or Google? Many SD-WAN providers connect directly to many of these cloud providers. Also, there are options that allow bandwidth to grow dynamically as your cloud needs change.
REDUNDANCY
SD-WAN solutions can combine your MPLS and Internet connections, so they don’t sit idle.
NETWORK FUNCTION VIRTUALIZATION (NFV)
We can also provide partnerships with companies that can virtualize out many network functions, such as firewalls, VPNs, load balancing, application acceleration, etc.

BUZZWORD OR THE NEW NORMAL?
SD-WAN is no longer a buzzword, but a proven technology to deliver the scalability, affordability, and flexibility that enterprises require to support today’s evolving technological landscape. Market research giants Gartner and IDC both concede that the technology has reached beyond an early adopter phase and will soon gain wide-scale adoption over the next few years.

→ Gartner reports that the SD-WAN market for infrastructure and services will reach $1.3B by 2020. It also reports that while only 5% of the WAN is managed using SD-WAN, by 2019 that market share will increase to 25%.

→ IDC forecasts that the SD-WAN market will reach $8B by 2021, growing at a 90% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the next several years.