Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN)
          Networking Practice - Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN)
          30% of enterprises will use SD-WAN technology in all their branches by the end of 2019*

          Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN)

          Take Your WAN into Your Own Hands

          With the emergence of software-defined WAN (SD-WAN), there has been a market shift in viewing network functionality as software. SD-WAN consists of applying software-defined networking technology to WAN connections. In the past, this network functionality was implemented with technology that required expensive proprietary hardware and services.

          Today, with Software-Defined WAN technology, network functionality can be packaged as software and installed virtually anywhere, allowing you to more easily manage your network across multiple locations. Instead of a complex network composed of manually configured connections, SD-WAN technology automates the configuration of your WAN providing more flexibility with your network.

          The Benefits of SD-WAN

          A Software-Defined WAN adds flexibility, reduces complexity, and lowers the cost of maintaining WAN connections. The ideal SD-WAN construction would be a hybrid of different types of connectivity, thereby lowering overall operational expense and providing secure, fast dedicated links. While you can configure this type of hybrid WAN manually, you end up with unnecessary complexity. And when you have to reconfigure your network to keep up with ever-changing application and data demands, you use up valuable IT resources—as well as add more complexity to your network.

          Instead of having to own and configure expensive hardware, you can provision connectivity and services centrally, either on premises or through the cloud, allowing you to easily scale connectivity based on user demand. Transforming the network into a software stack also enables you to layer in new security measures via virtualization or VPNs. That way, you can strengthen the security of your broadband connections without having to pay more for private MPLS connections.

          Build a Better Network with Connection

          Owning and managing global WAN links can be expensive, as well as difficult to deploy. It can also be difficult to choose between a “network as a subscription” and a network as an owned asset. That’s where the expert team at Connection can help. Connection is one of the few Global Solutions Providers that can offer Software-Defined WAN services. Our deep knowledge base, portfolio of vendor solutions, and experience with customers of all sizes and industries allow us to build solutions that will fit your organization’s unique needs.

          Our Networking Team helps you discern, design, and deliver the best connectivity solutions for your organization. There are no one-size-fits-all versions of any networking technology. That’s why we view networking technologies as raw materials you can combine in multiple ways to achieve your desired outcomes.

          Our Partnerships

          Connection has partnered with innovators and industry leaders, including:

          • Aryaka
          • Cisco

          • CloudGenix
          • Meraki

          • Riverbed
          • Talari Networks

          • Viptela

          A Partner with Your Goals in Mind

          We have built a robust Networking Team with vendor partners who passed a rigorous vetting process. Our solutions are best in class, and our understanding of technologies is deep. While we remain agnostic, we are extremely knowledgeable across many industry-leading technologies. Our research and clearance process saves you time and helps you narrow down your choices quickly.

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