The increasing flow of data into enterprises is staggering. Analytics provides detailed information about website visits. Social media feeds businesses data about the types of users that view, like and comment on posts. Cloud solutions pump data into the network about customer behaviors, inventory patterns and operational inefficiencies. While processing and mobilizing all of that data may be daunting, enterprises are making it happen by adopting software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN).
The greater volume of data coming into the enterprise causes congestion in the network. It also complicates security, takes up space in the data storage center, and requires a lot of computer for processing. Enterprises that manage to effectively use the data to equip their teams for better business processes, improved customer experiences, and informed forecasting are few and far between.
Those that are reaching a point of data-driven business practices are doing so with SD-WAN. SD-WAN applies virtual, cloud-based networking so that enterprises can leverage commodity broadband networks to lower costs, improve reliability and performance, and secure the data.
How SD-WAN Works
SD-WAN applies a virtual overlay to the physical network, creating a centralized hub for management, configuring, provisioning and troubleshooting. From that management dashboard, network engineers are able to set business policy to automatically route different types of network traffic. This means that important data transmissions such as a video conference are given a higher-priority pathway than transmissions that don’t require real-time connectivity, such as email.
How SD-WAN Makes Data Manageable for Business Growth
This approach improves the security surrounding the data because if there’s a suspected threat of breach in any part of the network, it can be identified and segmented from the rest of the infrastructure. The high level of visibility with SD-WAN makes it possible to quickly locate the threat.
Because SD-WAN can automatically utilize multi-link routing to optimize network performance, there’s never any interruption in connectivity. This means that you can rely on the quality of the data being processed and analyzed, without any concern that downtime or degradation of a pathway is causing data to be incomplete. SD-WAN automatically reroutes data transmissions to the next best pathway if there’s congestion or any other reason for a delay or interruption.
Opportunity to Drive Growth
Utilizing data for business growth objectives is a truly disruptive business activity that will help you pull ahead of your competition. SD-WAN equips your enterprise with network optimization that makes data compilation, analysis and mobilization possible. Without the performance-enhancing features of an SD-WAN solution, most enterprises won’t be able to accommodate the levels of data flowing in from cloud solutions.
SD-WAN makes it possible to effectively and cost-efficiently receive massive data amounts coming in from mobile devices, branch offices, manufacturing centers, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, retail stores, and more. To learn more about SD-WAN and how its features might be applied in your own enterprise IT infrastructure, contact us at Truth Comm.