So you’ve decided to move to Unified Communications (UC), but is your network ready to handle the increased load? Do you have the monitoring capabilities to make sure everything is in working order? There are many things to think about before you take the leap into UC Software-Defined (SD) WAN in order to avoid unpleasant surprises in terms of cost and performance. UC traffic requires stability and flexibility, both of which can be improved by adopting an SD-WAN solution.
Here are 5 things to consider when choosing SD-WAN:
1. Make sure you get the most out of your investment
The current mainstream market offers clients with two alternatives: low-grade devices at a low cost (up-front or as-a-service), or high-end devices at prohibitive costs.
2. Make sure your provider is experienced with networking
We recommend searching for providers who are not playing catch-up with the market, and who have been ahead of the wave.
3. Make sure your provider is experienced with Real-Time traffic
From dropped calls to poor voice quality, UC performance issues are often caused by a network infrastructure that is not designed to run high bandwidth applications.
4. There’s no such thing as a device-less WAN
When presenting their SD-WAN solutions, many providers will often neglect to mention the underlying hardware requirements. It’s important to note that branch offices still require edge devices, and this will remain a fact for the foreseeable future.
Most suppliers today boast a massive arsenal of reports, charts and smooth User Interface (UI) to support their SD-WAN console. Too many reports will distract your attention from other design flaws that you need to have corrected.
Among other things, SD-WAN solutions are expected to deliver many benefits which can significantly improve the performance of UC deployments. Still wondering what SD-WAN solution is best for you?
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