SMOAD Networks

October 12, 2023

Benefits of SD-WAN for Workers on the Move

Remote working is no longer an option; it has become necessary. Sophisticated network architecture and communication systems have enabled seamless connectivity to even remote locations, making it secure and reliable to connect from anywhere. However, the challenges are umpteen when it comes to secure and reliable connectivity. SD-WAN is seen as a usable solution benefiting businesses using cloud-based communication systems. Now, remote workers can stay connected with their customers and staff without interruption. Here is a brief on how SD-WAN benefits workers on the move.

How is SD-WAN useful for remote workers?

High standard of network security
Information exchange between the remote workers and the centralised control panel is open for a cyberattack, increasing the need for strict security. The threat is high when the remote workers are connected to a public network. Traditional in-house security protocols fail to detect and secure devices connected to a public network in comparison with security measures employed at physical data centres. This increases the dependence on cloud connectivity, devices, and offices, leading to cyberattacks.

Security measures like next-generation firewalls help in preventive action, giving continuous analyses of network traffic to identify threats and neutralise them before any damage is caused to the infrastructure. This can be accomplished with the help of AI-powered tools and intrusion prevention systems—these help detect the threats in advance and stop them before they intrude on the system. Additional network security can be managed from a single location or user with the option to access multiple sites while catering to each area to address the security requirement of a particular network and remote worker.

While addressing the security concerns at the site, the remote worker can stay protected by connecting to their local SD-WAN network with exceptional network security. Software like VPNs can help remote workers get the best possible defence from threats.

Scaling new heights with expansion
The expansion in remote workforce only increases the need for constant access to the network and cloud applications. Conventional WANs may not be able to sustain the increased network demand. When it comes to SD-WAN with more remote workers, there is a need for reliable bandwidth to provide uninterrupted connectivity. This can be done by distributing the existing bandwidth efficiently or providing artificial Points of Presence or POPs. This allows users to connect to the networks, opening more space and giving network access to more users without compromising the speed of other users.

One administrator for all
Centralised management is a cost-saving proposition. Instead of multiple administrators for multiple locations, one administrator can monitor all devices, making it easy to manage remote workers. The centralised control makes making quick administrative changes for multiple locations easier. Despite the geographical distance, administrators working from a centralised location can make changes to devices, networks, and programs, making SD-WAN a reliable option. The business hierarchy can now access projects remotely through centralised control. The remote workforce is now visible to the management team, helping them review their work and correct errors instantly. The result can be shared via the cloud system, and inputs can be offered live.

Benefits of SD-WAN for Remote Workers

  • Remote workers can connect via cloud applications, virtual desktop apps, On-premises applications, VoIP, and SaaS or Software as a Service. Remote workers face the challenges of meeting security demands and network performance; while traditional network infrastructure is slow in meeting the various needs of the remote worker, SD-WAN offers the option of connectivity from both public and private cloud securely anywhere with just an internet connection.
  • Deploying Zero Trust Network Access efficiently connects remote workers with business-critical applications. The features include application segmentation to authenticate access, robust MFA or Multi-factor authentication, granular application and role-based control & and network and application visibility.

SD-WAN for remote workers makes sense if the following three key factors are taken into consideration:

  1. The type of work: Productivity-based tasks do not require an SD-WAN connection. But large applications like CAD, CAE, etc. need high bandwidth SD-WAN connection.
  2. Cost of employee: High-priced employees deliver increased output; hence, the SD-WAN cost becomes sustainable.
  3. Remote infrastructure: If the existing VPN infrastructure can manage your Work From Home (WFH) program, leave it at that. But if the VPN infrastructure cannot control the pressure of WFH, it is best to extend the SD-WAN edge to the remote worker for faster access to critical applications.

SMOAD SD-WAN allows your team to work securely from remote locations with complete redundancy. With SDMOAD SD-WAN, it is easy to set up remote offices adhering to security protocols at an affordable price.

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