Cloud migration has brought unprecedented demand for low-cost connectivity empowered by SD-WAN. SD-WAN aggregates diverse circuits, automatically prioritizing traffic between network links and paths to ensure reliable connectivity.
Many factors conspire against enterprises looking to leverage SD-WAN to lower WAN costs, deploy branch office connectivity faster, and have freedom to choose the best networks for their needs. These factors include:
- Carrier contracts that are typically long-term and inflexible
- Large carriers are limited to a handful of players
- Fewer choices for local access and Internet at local locations
- Difficulties involved in changing providers
These factors combine to give incumbent carriers leverage over enterprise customers, putting them at a disadvantage. Large carriers protect their revenue, and often put limitations on how they offer SD-WAN services. This can run counter to the enterprise using WANs as a competitive advantage, by lowering costs, gaining faster and agile deployments, and matching network performance with application priorities.
So how can enterprises drive down WAN costs, while improving performance, reliability and agility? This whitepaper examines some of the advantages of a carrier agnostic SD-WAN as-a-Service.
- Carrier Agnostic
- Global Cloud Gateways
- Transparent SLAs
- Carrier Diversity
- Network Options Without Self-Interested Limitations