Finding the right WAN solution to meet the requirements and landscape of your organization
Proactive IT decision makers are always on the lookout for ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of an organization’s technology infrastructure. One innovation that has gained much attention in recent years is Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN). The latest SD-WAN offerings have evolved from the DIY approaches of the recent past, and today’s software-defined networking options deliver a better approach to managing connectivity, allowing for greater security, flexibility, scalability, and cost savings than traditional WAN solutions.
With SD-WAN and MPLS, the better infrastructure option is the one that fits best with the objectives of your organization. One of the key elements of SD-WAN is the ability to use multiple types of connectivity, such as broadband and cellular, in addition to traditional MPLS. This allows for greater resiliency, reduced costs, and the ability to prioritize different types of traffic based on business needs.
However, many companies still rely on MPLS as their primary means of WAN connectivity. While MPLS has been a reliable and secure solution for many years, it is becoming increasingly expensive and inflexible now that enterprise demands a flexible, distributed, cloud/hybrid network with built-in edge security.
When should a company consider transitioning away from MPLS during an SD- WAN project implementation? The answer depends on several factors, including:
Today’s SD-WAN offerings – managed edge, managed network, managed SD-WAN, co-managed SD-WAN – combine the best of SD-WAN with leading security strategies. Transitioning away from MPLS during an SD-WAN project implementation offers several key benefits. Migration allows for greater flexibility, scalability, and cost savings. However, it is important to evaluate the current state of your MPLS network, your business needs, and the cost of MPLS before making the transition. An evaluation of your organization’s technology infrastructure to ensure it aligns with the goals and objectives of your business can reveal opportunities for improvement and growth.
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