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SD-WAN solutions are expected to deliver many benefits which can significantly improve the performance of your Unified Communications (UC) deployments. This includes Bandwidth Optimization, Centralized Management and Visibility, Aggregation of Multiple Links into a Single Virtual Network, and Zero-Touch Provisioning. Using a centralized console, you are able to manage the features of your network remotely, which means you won’t have to deploy a technician every time something goes wrong. This helps you dodge downtime and saves you money. Cost savings, however, is not the only benefit to moving over to SD-WAN.

Benefits of moving to SD-WAN is more than just cost savings

The biggest benefit of SD-WAN is the ability to simplify the provisioning and deployment of network infrastructures. SD-WAN is based on better distribution of network intelligence and policy-based, centralized decision-making performed by a network controller or console. When selecting your edge appliances, choose ones that bring the most benefits while adding the smallest footprint to your network. Look for devices that can be integrated at the Data Layer and that can be seamlessly deployed without redesigning your network (eg. Firewall exceptions, routing tables, etc.). SD-WAN also makes it easier to deploy VPN overlays across Wide Area Networks (WAN), which greatly simplifies the end user architecture. All of these benefits are susceptible to greatly improving the network by making it more flexible and more resilient, effectively providing business continuity to end-users.

If the solution is simple then you don’t have to worry about a high overhead. You are able to easily identify issues and apply policy modifications across your entire network with little to no effort. This accelerates deployment time, which increases efficiencies in the business. Adopting a SD-WAN architecture can help improve overall performance when it’s deployed properly. SD-WAN has been touted as the miracle solution to complex WAN deployments. Many providers will often neglect to mention the underlying hardware requirements. Branch offices still require edge devices, and this will remain a fact for the foreseeable future.

SD-WAN has been proposed by some vendors as a means to replacing pre-existing technologies at the edge of network. With SD-WAN products you are often able to replace or complement pre-existing security, optimisation or networking appliances.

Why is now a good time to move to SD-WAN

Now is a great time to move to SD-WAN because you have the option to select the technologies that work for you. SD-WAN is now at a point where it is established, and is becoming a household name. There are constantly new third-party guides to help prepare your business for the transition, and have actual clients who have gone through it that can provide feedback. We are now beyond the phase of early adopters, and you can actually see the results of the change through case studies. SD-WAN is still evolving as technology changes, but it has been stabilized and is less of a risk, so now is a great time to make the investment.

Top Takeaways to Keep in Mind

When looking at SD-WAN products, it’s important not to go to the vendor that has limited experience with network infrastructure or telecommunications. Many newcomers and veterans offer software-only solutions built without any real-life experience with WANs. Always look for a provider with experience in building network infrastructure and, ideally, who can vouch for the equipment they propose to deploy in your network. You also want to find a company that will treat your network with respect and understands the repercussions of putting something in the lifeline of the business.

Interested in more detail? Download our eBook today to get our top tips for selecting the right SD-WAN for your UC deployment. 

They say everything is bigger in Texas, and that’s why Experts Live is an event not to be missed! Taking place on March 26, 2019 in Austin, Texas, it’s a day filled with speakers and sessions that will give you a deep dive on technical topics including a broad range of Microsoft technologies. 

Taking place at a local favorite, Flix Brewhouse, get ready to enjoy great food, comfortable seats, and a good time with us at Experts Live.  Flix Brewhouse is America’s only first-run theatre brewhouse, complete with their own microbrewery. Parking is also free at the venue.

Are you currently facing ITOps challenges? Savision, a subsidiary of Martello Technologies, helps IT organizations reduce alert noise and control their ITOps environment with a solution that integrates existing monitoring, cloud, and service management tools.

Martello is a Silver sponsor at Experts Live and you can find us at Booth #8.

Join support manager Chris Malay, as he walks you through the steps to take control of your IT environment to help speed root cause analysis and improve service delivery. Chris Malay is located in the Dallas area and is the Support Manager for Martello Technologies.

Chris will be speaking at the event from 12:15-12:35PM. Add his talk to your agenda, so that you don’t miss it!

Also, come by our booth for your chance to win a Toshiba 43″ 4K Ultra HD with HDR Fire Smart TV that we will be giving away at the show.

We hope to see you there!

Not going to be at this show? We will be on the road this spring! Check out Trade Show Calendar to see where you can spot us next.

We are packing our bags and heading to Enterprise Connect in sunny Orlando, Florida next week! We have a lot planned for the show and will have a demo to show you our solution offering that gives you clarity and control over your entire network through a single pane of glass.

See your network differently with a solution that provides unprecedented control and insight over your network. FIND the severity of network issues, KNOW exactly who is impacted and quickly IDENTIFY the steps to resolve it.

Some great reasons to drop by and say ‘Hi!’

1. Talk to our knowledgeable staff- Our staff will be on site to answer all of your questions about how you can gain better insight across your network. By being able to identify issues easily, they can be resolved quickly with less downtime.

2. Catch a Demo- Spend some time with our team to walk through our integrated solution that can give you visibility across your entire network.

3. Join our Booth Crawl-  On Tuesday, March 19 between 4-6PM come by our booth and enjoy a complimentary drink and tasty snacks!

4. Book a Meeting- Looking for some one-on-one time with us? Book a meeting with one of our experts.

Enterprise Connect Orlando is going to be a great time to give your business the priority it needs for the network to run smoothly. Not going to be at this show? We will be on the road this spring! Check out Trade Show Calendar to see where you can spot us next.