Software-defined networks, SD-WAN, is becoming an increasingly important subject for companies that need to get around the challenges of connecting multiple locations (branch offices, datacenters, cloud, etc.) more efficiently and at a lower cost.
SD-WAN stands for network management, just as digital transformation for businesses. Not only that, it optimizes connectivity, which is one of the keys that needs to be turned with digital transformation.
Therefore, any business that wants to take advantage of the hybridization benefits of IT infrastructures, mobility and cloud applications to grow, should consider SD-WAN.
Regardless of being a global trend, change is crucial to promote the connection between information, people and business. Companies that are not able to create these links efficiently will get outdated in a connected market.
Challenges of SD-WAN networks
Companies need to know that, although it makes connection across multiple distributed offices simpler, SD-WAN does not provide security in its scope. Since these networks often use web infrastructure, connections may be exposed to cyber threats, which are becoming more and more frequent.
Many SD-WAN offerings bring only features that enable link-balancing through unique business-specific criteria. But protecting routes is crucial to protecting network resources and sensitive data.
If you choose a solution to balance links through policies and another to protect traffic, applications, devices etc., this complexity ends up generating limited visibility.
This means that it will be necessary to orchestrate policies from both solutions, and to ensure that these policies work together perfectly.
That is, you will have more complexity to manage two tools that could work perfectly unified.
It is this challenge solved by BLOCKBIT platform: it integrates security features into SD-WAN networks.
This choice ensures transparency of information about all activities, since a single platform allows centralized management of routing, tolerance and resiliency policies, as well as security policies (threat protection, intrusion prevention, access controls and packet filtering , application controls etc.).
It is thus possible to build consistent policies that not only serve to prioritize critical resources or connect priority users with more agility, but also to be able to focus information on all locations to facilitate analysis of results and decision making on network optimizations.
Finally, the integration of efficiency and security also results in cost-efficiency for the company. This is because it allows you to defer the IT staff in managing various platforms.
The shift to SD-WAN networks will be driven by the growing realization that digital transformation is a medium and not an end.
For those wishing to survive digital transformation, switching to SD-WAN will enable more agility, productivity and competitiveness, which are the hallmarks of an increasingly connected market.