This terrible COVID-19 pandemic is requiring many business workforces to stay at home while maintaining the same level of productivity expected in company offices. Businesses need to provide the infrastructure that allow work from home users to connect to their applications and data efficiently while ensuring their customers can access e-services hosted on-premise or in geographically distributed data centers.
In many cases, the current infrastructure connectivity is not able to sustain such a dramatic shift in the traffic load.
How do businesses answer the following questions:
Can current links provide the visibility, flexibility, control, and performance needed to support mixed user types that access from anywhere at any time in near real-time?
With the expected long-term viability of work from home, can the network scale without costly and complex infrastructure changes?
Let’s explore four challenges that legacy technologies have which SD-WAN overcomes by providing scalable and reliable capacity using broadband and legacy connections.
While legacy tech, like BGP, has served the networking industry well for the past two decades, its limit to on/off visibility on the status of a network link and its lack of a deeper understanding of utilization metrics pose real challenges in today’s cloud-connected world. The impacts of delay, packet loss, and jitter makes technology like BGP unfit to provide the gateway to data centers that host real-time-critical and latency-sensitive applications and services.
Immediately Scaling Connectivity
Many of today’s solutions are not able to use the full capacity of multiple links, which is a problem for businesses. Remote user bandwidth demands can fluctuate based on application type, time of the day, and latency needs. These impact the cloud or data center’s ability to process and respond. Companies that are locked into these restrictive solutions either add many more links and routing infrastructure or split and assign access times to their remote workforces. The split approach is not viable for the long term, as it reduces user and company productivity; adding more infrastructure can be both time and cost prohibitive. The challenge is to augment bandwidth quickly and cost-effectively with minimal infrastructure changes.
Centralized Control Improves Network Performance
Multiple types of remote users are accessing different services and applications over various connections from diverse geographical locations at all times of the day. IT teams need centralized, granular control of the network connections to maintain a high quality of experience for users. A system-wide view of each available connection is paramount to optimize connectivity for remote users. The ideal traffic management approach permits dynamic allocation without mechanical intervention to achieve the best connection for all services or applications while maintaining redundant access.
Increased Link Utilization Maximizes QOE
By maximizing performance, users can access applications and data more quickly from anywhere at any time. With BGP as the primary routing solution, the increasing inbound traffic loads will put network performance at risk, as BGP does not have the ability to intelligently direct incoming traffic to the right applications and hosted resources. A business should try to avoid routing user traffic through a saturated connection, especially when alternative connections at the site can provide access to the same services.
Adaptiv Solves the Challenges of the Remote Workforce
We support a frictionless deployment that connects remote workers hosted on any ISPs and connection type with the business’s public or private-cloud hosted services. Leveraging a portfolio of solutions that scale and provide optimal routing capabilities, Adaptiv Networks provides solutions that help the business solve demanding remote and work from home conditions.
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Digital transformation is happening all around us, with new technologies that increase our business productivity. The pandemic of 2020 has accelerated the push towards digital transformation in nearly every industry, making us all more reliant on business and cloud connectivity to perform our day-to-day operations.
Jojol Mikiwa is the Senior Solution Engineer at Adaptiv Networks. Prior to joining Adaptiv, Jojol worked at Martello and ELFIQ Networks, where he held different positions in Product Management, Technical sales and support in the SD-WAN market. During that time, he designed deployed and supported multiple network solutions while traveling across the planet for technological evangelization.
Jojol holds a Computer Technology Diploma.