Grow overseas with SD WAN
SD Wan offers a number of compelling benefits to retail and hospitality firms looking to capitalise on overseas growth opportunities. This form of digital network connectivity is fast growing in popularity due to the high levels of agility, security and cost effectiveness it delivers at a time when budgetary control is essential. The compelling benefits of SD Wan include:
- Speed of implementation in overseas markets
- Ease of implementation in brown field sites
- Relatively lower levels of capital expenditure needed, compared to MPLS solutions
- Ability to access and manage SD Wan remotely from any internet-connected location
- Inherently secure thanks to end-to-end encryption
- High levels of in-the-cloud scalability.
When compared to MPLS, SD WAN can be quick and relatively straightforward to set up overseas as it only requires an on-site internet connection. It also limits capital and ongoing expenditure thanks to the use of cloud connectivity. This means that a new overseas network can be managed from any remote location with an internet connection – including a head office back in the UK.
If a business is growing as a result of a merger or acquisition, SD WAN can also help deliver simplified network integration. If, on the other hand, a new site in on a greenfield location, establishing a SD WAN network is just as fast and cost effective.
Granular network security
One of the great benefits of SD WAN is the level of granular security options it delivers at a time when organisations are possibly focused on expanding within budget, with security considerations enjoying less attention. In the SD WAN architecture, a company benefits from end-to-end encryption across the entire network, including the internet. All devices and endpoints are completely authenticated, thanks to a scalable key-exchange functionality and software-defined security. SD WAN can also integrate security, policy, and orchestration.
There are limitations to SD WAN, however, especially for businesses considering using it in the UK. For example, SD WAN is not currently cheaper to use in the UK so it isn’t a realistic replacement for MPLS. There may also still be a need to spend on MPLS or dedicated firewall security.
Emerging SD-WAN technology – which compliments MPLS (WAN) – is ideal for deploying connectivity to multiple international locations.
This set-up links back to the UK without businesses having to give up central management of their network.
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