SMOAD Networks

February 1, 2023

SD-WAN impact on business continuity and disaster recovery

Natural and manufactured disasters can affect business continuity, so be prepared for them. The recent past has taught us vital lessons in recovering from situations out of our control. With the amount of data at stake and the ever-changing climatic conditions, SD-WAN plays a pivotal role in maintaining business continuity and disaster recovery. Let us see how SD-WAN can help deploy new services without error from service templates and pre-programmed devices. A service charge can be initiated during the event of an acquisition, disaster recovery, or business continuity plan.

SD-WAN solutions place tested services and pre-programmed templates on multiple websites on a network to accommodate changing business requirements. The changes can be implemented within hours. The deployment of SD-WAN architecture is based on the nature, scope, complexity, and scale of the business operations. The other influencing factors are the amount of data traversing.

Specific deployment based on location
The SD-WAN devices in each location provide connectivity to other locations but not a cloud gateway. The SD-WAN deployment is ideal for an organization not requiring cloud support. Though, SD-WAN with cloud-enabled features comes at an additional cost. Some organizations use MPLS and internet connection. MPLS enables real-time activities like video conferencing, voice, and virtual desktops. The internet connection is suitable for less critical applications.

The advantages of location-specific deployment are:

  • Less expensive when compared to cloud-enabled SD-WAN
  • Load balancing
  • Enhancing WAN application performance
  • Enabling applications in real time
  • Resilient connectivity for robust disaster recovery

Who can use this SD-WAN deployment?
The SD-WAN deployment is suitable for organizations depending on high-end cloud applications. SD-WAN divides the traffic into two; the MPLS network for mission-critical applications and the internet for real-time applications.

The advantages are SD-WAN deployment can improve cloud gateway presence and improve cloud application delivery and dependability. It offers load balancing with real-time traffic shaping. It improves performance across WAN applications. Disaster recovery solutions improve with resilient connectivity.

Cloud-based SD-WAN
Installing SD-WAN devices on location improves connectivity to the cloud gateway. It comes to the added advantage of improving the performance and reliability of cloud applications. In this case, the cloud gateway is connected with the public cloud service, directly improving the operational efficiency of the cloud-based applications. In the event of a snap in internet connectivity, the cloud session is kept alive. Installing a second internet circuit can give the SD-WAN device the advantage of seamlessly transmitting all cloud applications.

Who can use Cloud-based SD-WAN deployment?
This type of deployment is suitable for enterprises heavily dependent on cloud applications. The advantage of cloud-based SD-WAN is to bring load balancing. Moreover, the cloud gateway improves the delivery of cloud applications. Cloud-based SD-WAN helps in real-time traffic shaping and enhances performance across WAN applications. It offers seamless Disaster Recovery solutions.

SD-WAN for business continuity
The IT team has to be on its toes to tackle threats like cyber attacks, natural disasters, and poor network performance. With remote workers on the rise, organizations depend on continuous connectivity. The need for Unified Communication for business continuity has become the order of the day. Enterprises are moving from premise-based communication tools to unified communication. The latter is equipped with collaboration tools like status indicators and shared documents. It helps in quick decision-making.

SD-WAN is a key tool for network management to boost business continuity. It is a virtual overlay on physical networks offering a centralized dashboard to facilitate zero-touch provisioning of various resources. It replaces MPLS lines with pathways offering affordable alternatives for critical applications. While latency can damage the transmission, SD-WAN, with its predetermined policies, can divert traffic via the next viable pathway.

Another major advantage of SD-WAN is to segment the traffic as per the bandwidth demands, application type, users, and business policy, isolating cyber security threats and mitigating risks without disturbing connectivity. SD-WAN can put to rest significant concerns of inherent failover, facilitating traffic movement over alternative pathways when the connectivity option is unavailable.

SMOAD SD-WAN solutions can evaluate your network requirements by improving business continuity during times of disaster.