Recently, software-defined wide area networks (SD-WANs) have become a critical factor for the operations of large companies, helping them to improve communication and global interactions. In fact, in 2020, the Australian SD-WAN infrastructure market survived Growth of 25% annually. It is time for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), despite their smaller presence and reach, to take advantage of this technology as well.
It’s time for SD-WAN
SMBs tended to be more limited and less geographically distributed for a long time. This has always meant that they don’t need to invest in a WAN, let alone an SD-WAN. They could manage well, relying on simpler tools such as VPN “site-to-site”. In addition, SMEs did not have the desire, need or budget to add unnecessary complexity to their IT environment. But that has changed.
Over the past few years, cloud technology has become more sophisticated, easier to implement and more relevant to different industries, vertical markets and business sizes. Small and medium-sized businesses have begun to follow in the footsteps of large enterprises, moving their data and becoming more dependent on public cloud and software as a service (SaaS). According to ABS, in 2019-2020, 55% of all enterprises increased the use of paid cloud computing by 13% compared to the previous year. As SMEs began to see the benefits of this technology, they began to look for ways to improve their experience with these platforms. For many the answer may be SD-WAN.
Search for “one”
Small businesses are trying to implement SD-WAN quickly, but it’s not easy.
Simplicity must come first. When you deploy SD-WAN in your environment, although it adds a layer of sophistication, but also adds more complexity. The extra feature should be worth the effort to eliminate the added complexity. To ensure that they find the right balance, businesses need to accurately assess what they need and deploy solutions that are able to meet those needs without frills.
The most important components of an SD-WAN deployment are components specific to your business that will vary depending on the industry in which you operate. By adapting the deployment to the requirements of your specific organization and industry, your SD-WAN will work better. It is critical that in-house experts who have a deep understanding of the business and its IT profile communicate which parts of the SD-WAN are most important, and have a say in the final deployment.
Once deployed, organizations can take advantage of benefits such as faster application responses. SD-WAN supports “intelligent,” application-optimized communication across a WAN connection segment and can be implemented in a variety of gradients that overlap existing hardware. It matches the traffic you generate on the network in which it operates, and can be optimized to move data over regular or high-speed Internet paths based on information sensitivity, time of day, and other factors. But to get the most out of your money, it’s important to keep an eye on the networks.
Know your performance
With any IT service monitoring is needed to support IT teams. When it comes to SD-WAN, monitoring can ensure that businesses don’t pay for performance they don’t need, and only pay for the performance they get. Application Performance Management (APM) tools provide enterprises with metrics to show their SD-WAN performance. After all, if he is going to spontaneously direct traffic to share information at the fastest speed, you need to know when the route is changing and what it looked like before and after the change.
APM tools can also show where SD-WAN performance is declining by monitoring network traffic and determining what is contributing to web traffic, including who is using it.
Shaping the future
As organizations continue to use SD-WAN, the service will continue to become what it wants to be: easy to implement and cost-effective overlay. Ultimately, this will increase competition with providers who will feel pressured to operate at the SD-WAN level. Due to the fact that many employees are now at a distance, there will be increasing pressure on providers to provide opportunities such as SD-WAN.
Although the SD-WAN will not extend to every employee’s home, the most successful organizations will be able to reasonably route outbound traffic from the SMB facility to deliver it to employees with maximum performance.
We will of course see a number of technologies that will try to match the performance of SD-WAN. However, you should consider the benefits you want from the SD-WAN, ensuring that you are out of pocket. Once you’ve decided on the right technology for your organization, it’s important to remember to apply effective monitoring solutions to make sure you get all the benefits. Accepting all of this ensures that your now distributed and remote workforce can better communicate and interact with each other, no matter where they are.