Most enterprise businesses have some ability to support employees working outside the office, whether from home or on the road. Today’s demands are above and beyond, however, putting enormous strain on infrastructure that just wasn’t set up to accommodate a fully remote workforce. Yet now more than ever, your team needs applications they can count on, not those that generate frustration and impede productivity. With more business communication being conducted over UC platforms, VoIP and/or video conferencing, it’s important to have all applications running optimally, without lag or connection interruptions.
Maintaining high QoS is also critical for customers who call in over the phone. Frequent interruptions and drops can cause them to hang up and not call back, the last thing any business wants. COVID-19 has triggered a tremendous rise in residential internet consumption, with remote employees now competing with family members for bandwidth. Limited bandwidth and latency may cause disruptions to real-time services such as VoIP and teleconferencing, all with a negative customer impact.
If you are relying on legacy WAN architecture to support your remote workforce and meet the demands of your customers, you may already be running into problems. While optimizing your infrastructure can sound expensive and time-consuming, especially now, SD-WAN is a quick and cost-effective solution that can mitigate bandwidth and latency issues, strengthen connectivity and help keep customers on the line.
SD-WAN affords you visibility into your network traffic and the ability to prioritize and determine traffic path optimization for better connectivity and performance. By adding SD-WAN resiliency to your network, you can support a high number of end-users while simultaneously utilizing your essential applications with high QoS, promoting efficiency. SD-WAN also supports cloud application deployment, allowing you to move applications simply and securely to the cloud. SD-WAN is easily scalable with zero-touch deployment. Quick adoption means you can better support your remote team right now.
The benefits of SD-WAN don’t stop there. As residential internet service provider networks become more saturated, this can cause jitter and packet loss. SD-WAN utilizes features like packet replication and jitter buffering to enhance voice and video quality over these degraded networks. To help further, additional circuits or LTE services can be added to aggregate remote workforce bandwidth and give your team what it needs to keep pushing forward.