An Intro to Software-Defined WANs: Why use them?

It is no secret that company WANs (wide area networks) are difficult and intricate systems to work with, they are also much too expensive to manage and to constantly maintain. By implementing software defined WANs, you can actually automate the entire process of setting up the routing devices for each connection or terminal. When it comes to SD networks, automation is everything, and it has allowed companies to create virtualized networks bundled with micro-segmentation. It sets forth a much more affordable and feasible way to do just that. This alone is particularly what makes SD-WANs so much more functional and secure, it just makes virtualized software design so much easier to work with and much more affordable, saving money is always important, especially for a larger enterprise. They want to keep costs as low as they can, and profit margins as high as they can.

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This is one of the best ways to do so because everyone understands how much it costs to have internet for a home, let alone an entire business. VeloCloud is re-inventing SD-WAN by leveraging the cloud and virtualization. Visit http://www.velocloud.com/ for your own powerful cloud services.

With SD optimization, the enterprise network is expected to:

Reduce Overall Complexity

This means keeping all WANs simplified and effective. What separates SD-WANs from regular enterprise WANs is that automation that handles all incoming traffic and routes and re-routes flow to the correct location. The network management guys just program the application to route the network traffic to where it needs to go, and respectively the program takes care of the rest. Now, with this done, the program simply does all the heavy lifting, it becomes automated. This now means you don’t need so much user input.

Minimize Costs

It minimizes costs by a number of ways, first your tech team doesn’t need to spend valuable work hours manually adjusting the network flow of traffic, prioritizing and whatnot, and not to mention that the need for expensive larger private links dissipates and the network can now rely on much more financially sound, larger broadband links.

Increase Speed

With computer automation, everything is much, much faster. There is no need for a person to think about anything, the computer will do it for them, and much faster. The computer will decide in real time what goes where all based on its current state. Computers will always make things easier for everyone.

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Getting some Of the skeptics on board with the new WAN

There is an old saying, “How do you teach an old dog new tricks?”

This is not an physical impossibility. You just have to have your timing right, Timing is everything. The one thing that trips people up us the idea of learning something new. This is the exact same scenario you will find with WAN Innovations.

The biggest issue lies with the infrastructure. Some of it can be too confusing and too encompassing for some to want to look at. The idea is to get beyond this obstacle. The idea is to help people to understand that WAN Innovations are here to help us out, not hurt us.

What can we do?

Convince some of the skeptics to approach this as a teacher-student situations. Give them the chance to become the student once more. Give them tutorials and such to get them better acquainted.

This is just the beginning really. In order for some to get over their fear, they need to confront the very thing that controls that fear. This is the same method that you might have to use with WAN.

Show some of the skeptics they have nothing to be afraid of. Show them how it can help to impact them. If you can change at least one mind on this subject, than you have accomplished your task.