3 real cases where SD-WAN improved the organization after its implementation

February 22, 2021

At this point, it is no surprise to hear that the future has reached us and isn’t exactly how we had imagined it, and it’s because after the pandemic and the various quarantines, companies worldwide began to seek solutions to continue operating, requesting their employees to perform remote work from home. Of course, for modern technology companies, the infrastructure and policies necessary for remote work were already more than established and probably most workers had the facility to work with their laptops. But what happened to those companies that weren't ready for this modality? 

In this situation, many companies faced greater pressure as they had to learn to manage networks as the key to speed of response, since it’s undeniable to admit that today companies must be responsive and agile to be able to react quickly to the needs of customers and markets. 

This is how SD-WAN technology came as the solution to manage networks integrating in a single point complete security, scalable advanced routing and WAN traffic analysis, giving visibility of what happens within the network. But above all by reducing complexity, SD-WAN was designed precisely to respond to these challenges since the technology provides methods to prioritize critical business traffic in addition to taking advantage of broadband internet connections, connecting directly to multiple resources, clouds, simplifying the management of the network fabric that is independent of MPLS access technology, Ethernet, Internet, DSL, LTE networks and soon 5G. 

Nowadays companies in almost all industries must manage more users, more devices, achieve mobility and definitely use more applications than ever. Most business applications have moved to the cloud or have been replaced by cloud-based SaaS applications. But in the business environment, it is not just one cloud, there are many. At the same time, to remain competitive, organizations must control costs and innovate to improve customer service, productivity, and efficiency. Therefore, many of the added innovations come from knowing the needs of business customers looking for a solution to join multidomain cloud resources in a distributed organization, as well as the need to simplify the interconnection of domains with unified security and access policies applied whether on campus, branch or cloud. 

Definitely the ability to allow users to connect and effectively use critical applications and thereby understand the most important network connection and performance problems is what SD-WAN technology offers. Being a solution for business networks defined by software that helps organizations. This is how we present real cases in which companies implemented SD-WAN technology improving their communication and connection: 

The first case is from a senior network engineer, who shared that initially, the need to implement the most demanding network performance standards for employees of a game developer company that in 2019 alone reached more than 272 millions of active users per month was their main objective, for this they used network analysis with artificial intelligence which allowed them to solve connection problems, in addition to increasing the performance of the applications, allowing their company to offer employees an experience network that promotes work efficiency. 

In the second case, a global network architect, who works with a small team of three with the role of managing the intent-based network for one of the major brands of sausages in the United States, required SD-WAN technology to do plans and changes to improve the connection, experience, and applications on your network, allowing users to share access to centrally located applications, services, and other resources, thereby eliminating the need to install the same application server, firewall or other resource in multiple locations. 

The third case is the director of network services at a prestigious university in the United States, who was clear that mobile access is dynamic in university settings. And having more than 24,000 users on its network during the current semester, it turned to SD-WAN technology to support a network that already had a good performance giving it its maximum level, this allowed it to actively detect relevant trends and with impact on the context, practical application information and problems of the university network. 

It is clear that the software-defined WAN network replaces private access with MPLS, since it provides greater capacity to support real-time applications that are more demanding, such as VOIP, video conferencing, collaboration and virtual desktops, therefore, we present five benefits that customers experience with SD-WAN deployments: 

  • Up to four times the latency of an app for a healthcare provider 
  • Reductions in operating expenses (WAN OPEX vx WAN CAPEX) for three years for a retailer  
  • Improve Office 365 performance up to five times for a healthcare business  
  • 100% app uptime during hurricane blackouts for a national food distributor 

This is why SD-WAN definitely makes sense because it brings users closer to applications safely. Learn about the services we have developed at Ikusi. Find out more in the following link! We invite you to click here: https://www.ikusiredes.com/en/infraestructura/software-defined-wan-sd-wan-2/