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Understanding SD-WAN and Edgewater’s Solution for the SMB
Posted by Danielle Bucella on 13 August 2018 01:59 PM
Software-defined wide area network solutions, commonly referred to as SD-WAN, are exploding. Enterprises began expressing specific concerns and needs for networking, which could only be met by this technology. In turn, SD-WAN growth has been monumental and sources predict that SD-WAN infrastructure and service revenue will reach over $8 billion in sales by the year 2021. As businesses begin to deploy 3rd platform technologies to achieve digital transformation and public cloud-based SaaS continually increases, we will see SD-WAN rise steadily. With that said, it is imperative to understand what SD-WAN is and what SD-WAN solution is best for the SMB versus the enterprise.
What is SD-WAN?
Simply put, SD-WAN is a technology that was specifically designed to improve network performance of small to large enterprises. Traditional enterprise WAN had many pain points associated with it, including data throughput, cost structure, resiliency, and application performance. WAN is used to connect different networks to a central network. Before, WAN connections relied on technology that required special hardware. What SD-WAN does is that it moves network control into the cloud and relies instead on a software approach. It provides enterprises with a flexible, open, cloud-based technology versus needing expensive WAN technology, hardware, and fixed circuits. SD-WAN technology is generally applied over large geographical areas
SD-WAN has also been able to replace or augment multi-protocol label switching (MPLS), which was the standard technology for secure corporate WANs. MPLS has a handful of negatives attached to it, including the requirement for expensive dedicated access circuits, long implementation timelines, and route inflexibility for off-net traffic. Because of its associated downfalls, many have searched for an alternative solution.
SD-WAN addresses these pitfalls by utilizing Software Defined Networking (SDN). SDN separates the control plane, which manages where data goes, and the data plane, which is the actual payload. It does so by using a cloud-based controller for management. General purpose access circuits can then create secure WANs and costs can be driven down. Also, by using commodity access, there is faster turn-up of new sites, greater performance in corporate data routing, and better resiliency and uptime.
A Solution for the SMB
The SMB is generally not the typical consumer of MPLS because they usually only have one location or a few sites. But, these customers still value performance of their applications and resiliency and want to make sure they’re always up-and-running. Enter Edgewater Networks’ approach to SD-WAN, which was designed specifically for the needs of the SMB. Edgewater’s solution focuses on four core components: application-specific priority, multi-link performance, stateful SIP transfer, and survivability.
Benefits of Edgewater’s SD-WAN Solution
Edgewater’s SD-WAN solution targets the SMB specifically, so it addresses a different set of customers’ needs. This makes Edgewater’s approach quite different in regard to routing and pricing. For a typical SD-WAN solution, routing decisions are made by a cloud-based decision engine; however, with the Edgewater SD-WAN solution, all routing decisions are made at the device (EdgeMarc) level. Pricing is also different. Typical SD-WAN solutions leverage cost savings that are associated with MPLS displacement. The Edgewater solution has been aggressively priced, though, to fit an SMB budget.
There are many customer benefits to choosing the Edgewater SD-WAN solution. End customers will experience:
Service Providers will also see a handful of benefits on their end, including:
Trade Up to SD-WAN Program
If you possess a legacy Edgewater intelligent edge or other qualifying SBC, it is time to transition to an SD-WAN capable device. With Edgewater’s Trade Up to SD-WAN Program, it is easy to receive a new device. Simply sign up for Cloud2Edge and purchase one of Edgewater Networks’ SD-WAN capable devices. You will then receive a great rebate for trading in your old device. For more details on the program, which only lasts for the remainder of 2018, contact your 888VoIP representative at 888-864-7786 or [email protected]
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