SMOAD Networks

January 25, 2023

Is remote working here to stay?

Along with the pandemic came the need for remote working. A recent global survey revealed that 80% of remote workers find it difficult to connect to the IT resources of their company. The reason is legacy WAN architecture that lacks modern connectivity requirements. The traditional WANs can provide access to applications to branch offices in the corporate data centre. In this case, the traffic is routed through the hub-and-spoke design. This design works fine for browsing and email needs but gets choked when it comes to cloud services or collaboration apps.

The adoption of SD-WAN can create more flexible, affordable, and scalable solutions. The legacy WAN architecture is unsuitable for satisfying remote offices’ needs. This has given rise to SD-WAN adoption in small, medium, and large enterprises, with most of their workforce in branch offices or remote working.

Below are five ways SD-WAN supports remote offices and increases the number of users without stressing your resources.

Transporting multiple data types
Creating hybrid WAN with the help of SD-WAN solutions can enable multiple data type transport. SD-WAN includes broadband internet, cellular, MPLS services, and satellite. If one link fails, the traffic is routed through an alternative link to keep availability up and running all the time.

Prioritizing applications for best delivery
SD-WAN solutions come with app prioritization, meaning they can identify the apps that are latency sensitive and prioritize them for better reach. For instance, video conferencing tools reign higher priority over email. Solutions like optimization strategies and bandwidth management can improve the performance of applications with high priority.

Performance of cloud applications
SD-WAN solutions enhance cloud application performance by ruling out the need to backhaul internet traffic to the enterprise data centre. Now, users at branch offices and remote offices directly connect to the internet with lower latency.

Integrating Security solutions
Connecting to the internet can create security concerns. Organizations can create virtual private networks amid remote offices, with end-to-end encryption for secure data transit through the public internet. It is here that SD-WAN security solutions play a pivotal role. SD-WAN provides various security controls like next-generation firewalls, antimalware, content filtering, intrusion prevention, etc.

Know where your data travels
In legacy WAN management platforms, monitoring devices, remote users, and data movement across the internet are difficult. Now, with SD-WAN and its advanced analytics, IT teams are equipped with tools to monitor the performance of the network infrastructure.

SD-WAN is an apt tool for remote working
When an organization considers remote working, the IT team first designs a secure virtual workforce with VPN connections. With SD-WAN, bulk VPN connections are trusted for good connectivity.

Flexibility and Bandwidth
An uninterrupted internet connection is crucial for a remote workforce. With the help of SD-WAN, applications can be accessed through the cloud from remote locations anywhere, anytime. When it comes to flexibility and efficiency, SD-WAN is matchless. A traditional MPLS environment is expensive and challenging to establish, and not to forget it is not suitable for a cloud environment. With cloud platforms evolving rapidly, there is a need for cloud-friendly network architecture like SD-WAN.

How SMOAD can help?
SMOAD SD-WAN solutions are fully managed and secured, offering flexibility, security, and performance. Moreover, we offer hybrid WAN to reduce downtime with automatic failover using a standby connection in the event of an outage. Our latest connectivity technology prioritizes traffic, improves security, and manages bandwidth for real-time situations.

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