When deciding if a software-defined wide area network is right for you, considering the various benefits and drawbacks of these implementations can provide you with the information you need. Here are some of the most important reasons to consider a software-defined wide area network for your company:
- Improved user experiences when accessing cloud services and Software-as-a-Service applications: Software-defined and supported wide area networks offer improved interfaces that can make it much easier for your end users to maintain high levels of productivity.
- Enhanced traffic management: Systems administrators can monitor and manage bandwidth and prioritize applications from an intuitive and unified dashboard interface. This can provide greater agility for high-traffic apps while ensuring that workers can access the tools and applications they need in a timely way.
- Upgraded cybersecurity: Next-generation malware protection and firewalls can provide an extra level of security for sensitive information, proprietary data and confidential intellectual property.
- Reduced costs: Many business operations enjoy lower costs for their software-defined WAN implementations compared with multi-protocol label switching (MPLS), which is an older networking technology still in use by many businesses. As far back as 2018, Gartner Research and other industry thought leaders were predicting the demise of MPLS and the benefits of switching to software-defined wide area networks for improved availability and lower overall costs.
- Easier administration: Because many of the processes involved in administering MPLS systems are automated by software-defined wide area networks, implementing these intelligent connectivity solutions can allow your IT team to save time and effort in managing your networking needs.
Of course, there are some disadvantages to implementing software-defined wide area networking solutions for your business. Here are some drawbacks to keep in mind when considering an upgrade to these technologies:
- Not universally adopted: Some companies are still using older and, in some cases, outdated networking systems. This can present connectivity issues that can generally be resolved with hybrid approaches that incorporate elements of older systems with your new deployment. As more companies adopt this technology, however, this drawback will become less important to your business model.
- Staffing challenges: Because software defined wide area network technologies are still relatively new, your current IT staff may not have the skills needed to manage these systems effectively. Going with a managed solution from Meriplex can resolve these issues quickly and conveniently.
- Hardware requirements: Upgrading to software-defined wide area network systems can sometimes require the purchase of additional hardware. This may represent a significant drain on cash on hand for your business. Working with Meriplex is a solid step toward determining the real cost of your upgrade and implementation of these advanced technologies.
At Meriplex, our experienced and knowledgeable team can provide your company with the benefits of our proven expertise. We work with you and your IT team to deliver the best solutions for your business operations.