Business owners across the world are searching for different options to improve network resiliency and reliability while enhancing overall network flexibility to meet the demands of the digital future. Having a modernized, scalable and high-performance SD-WAN network that provides cost-savings benefits are driving digital businesses to adopt this technology. —
There are several SD-WAN options available today. The main players in this market come from various market segments and may converge on the technology from different angles, including pure SD-WAN spaces, firewall, WAN acceleration, and networking.
For business owners considering SD-WAN, there are also co-managed, unmanaged, and managed options to choose from. The managed SD-WAN services are considered the most popular and appealing because they provide a comprehensive solution for an array of needs, including a SD-WAN vendor, managed circuits, and a network security vendor for IDS, IPS, firewalls and more. Additionally, managed services provide clients a single point of contact for moving, adding, and changes, circuit repair, and ordering circuits. What clients really appreciate is the availability of these services for a single monthly cost.
The providers offering managed SD-WAN solutions come in all sizes and shapes ranging from having just 20 employees to thousands and more, which is why a business owner has to determine the Software Defined Networking solutions they need before searching for a vendor. Each service provider seems to have a unique background, too, ranging from network service provider, telecom reseller, telecom carrier, copper phone line reseller, and others, resulting in an array of technologies offered by each service provider.
For the SD-WAN solutions, customers had options include Silverpeak, Cisco, Big Leaf, Barracuda, Versa, and Velocloud. From the security side, there are varied options, too, from cloud-based options to on-premises solutions.
One of the key observations about SD-WAN services today is that the solutions vary significantly in overall emphasis. For example, there are some solutions that emphasizes on the network security, which touts features such as on-premises firewalls, and the actual performance of the SD-WAN is a secondary consideration. Other solutions focus more on SD-WAN performance, providing a network security solution from other vendors separately. It is crucial for those who are interested in adopting this technology to research the service provider’s SD-WAN performance, functionality, and features. They do not all offer the same results and requesting a proof of concept can help those interested in the services shed light on the options.
After looking into the managed service providers that have a focus on the solutions needed by a business, be sure to look into the vendor’s industry reputation and references. Making a technology-based decision by checking reputation and references is often a formality, but something that modern businesses should not avoid since these service providers offer such an array of different services and solutions. Finding the proper vendor is much more than just selecting someone with the desired services, as the technology in this sector is continually evolving and changing.
Embracing new technology offers an effective way for companies to stay ahead of their competition but selecting the right service provider or vendor may have a huge impact on the effectiveness of the solutions adopted. It's clear this is crucial from the information that's found here.
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