SD-WAN: Connecting multiple branches effortlessly.
To interconnect branch offices, traditional WAN technologies require costly links, multiple boxes per site, and complicated network architectures. An SD-WAN takes the hub and the spoke out of your WAN, providing seamless branch office connectivity to any number of network edges, interconnected by a virtual network, orchestrated from a single point.
It would be easy with a handful of locations…
Stitching together multiple WAN technologies to connect branch offices in a private network can pose many challenges.
It’s manageable with a handful of sites — to research, purchase, and maintain the devices and equipment and addresses and applications and configurations and backup links. But with hundreds of sites these challenges become exponential. Workers at every site expect predictable network access. It would be beneficial to your business to provide it. Let Continuum Solutions help you find a manageable way to do so.
Infrastructure to serve everyone, everywhere.
Yesterday the Hybrid WAN allowed you to leverage private and broadband connections to your branch offices, and 4G LTE for the roving, or occasionally also the stationary, ones.
Today a cloud-delivered SD-WAN helps you remove the complexity: An SD-WAN allows you to orchestrate business, QoS and security policies, as well as application access, regardless of where the worker or the application is, or what physical devices or networks may connect them at the moment of access. SD-WAN steers traffic directly between source and destination, mobile-worker, or remote office, to SaaS server — allocating bandwidth and prioritizing traffic to provide the appropriate end-user experience.
Cloud computing took the applications out of the branch office; SD-WAN takes the hairpinned traffic, and associated delays, out of the data center. SD-WAN identifies application traffic, applies QoS policies and path selection to provide direct, reliable, high-performance access from any location to applications that reside in either your data center or the cloud.
The Connection as a Utility
With multiple branch office links—private, broadband, or cellular, SD-WAN aggregates disparate links into a single virtual conduit governed by single-point specifications for business, QoS and security policies. Simple and cost-effective, available links and bandwidth are automatically detected, continuously monitored and traffic is steered to optimize throughput, bandwidth allocation, application performance, application availability, and end-user experience.
It must be secure
Cloud-based applications, accessed by Internet-connected user devices, demand security applied flexibly and dynamically to decentralized traffic wherever it may flow, orchestrated from a single point. The SD-WAN encrypts traffic where needed, when needed, with dynamic VPN tunnels, and applies firewalling at the cloud entry-point to the virtual network.
Everything moves around.
The number of networking devices in the branch is steadily increasingly—many untethered and roaming. Sometimes the entire remote office moves. From this kinetic environment every worker expects instant access to delay-sensitive, business-critical applications. Remote retail site Guest WiFi is a must-have, enabling in-store initiatives and interaction with consumer mobile devices.
SD-WAN Dynamic Multipath Optimization™
Aggregate broadband Internet, 4G-LTE, and MPLS circuits with application-aware per-packet link steering and on-demand remediation to achieve optimal performance for demanding, real-time voice and video over any transport.
Economically increase bandwidth by aggregating WAN circuits of any type, providing faster response even for single application flows. Virtualization and automated configuration enables bandwidth elasticity and provider flexibility.
Active-active mechanism based on link performance provides protection against blackouts and brownouts with sub-second failover. Provider and physical link diversity ensures high availability.
Cloud Application Quality
Direct yet optimized branch-to-cloud application performance is enabled with the SD-WAN overlay to distributed gateway services throughout the cloud.