There’s a reason why Software-Defined Networking (SDN or SD-WAN) technology was named the most disruptive technology in the 2019 State of Disruption Study conducted by AVANT Communications, a platform for IT decision-making. SD-WAN is considered to be a game-changer in the industry because it allows companies to improve their networks’ performance while reducing costs at the same time.
What would a shift to SD-WAN entail, and what are the benefits of upgrading your company’s networks to SD-WAN? One Call Communications, your go-to company for telephone systems, explains in this guide.
What a Shift to SD-WAN Entails
Any shift to SD-WAN would involve moving away from proprietary network hardware OS—which are rarely compatible with each other—to a more open network design or a cloud-based/virtualized system that’s shared between hardware.
Why Upgrade to SD-WAN?
This shift to a virtualized space has several advantages, which include:
- Reduced reliance on specific hardware – For starters, your company wouldn’t need to use network-controlling software that’s reliant on specific hardware, which is not insignificant given how quickly standards and application programming interfaces (APIs) change.
- Centralized management – Since all aspects of the company’s network can be controlled via a single interface, CIOs and IT administrators will have an easier time managing the company’s networks. And if your company is planning to open new offices around the globe, using just one interface for controlling your company’s networks can make coordination and management between different locations easier.
- Improved network performance – When the network’s hardware components are linked to one another via a hypervisor that’s overseeing their operations, the system will be able to optimize itself better than a human operator could. For instance, in the event a piece of hardware stops functioning, a self-optimizing system can intelligently route around it to minimize the impact of the malfunctioning component.
To learn more about the advantages of upgrading to SD-WAN, or if you have any issues with your CIX system, consult one of your local telecommunication solutions providers.
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