By Salim Khouri, Solutions Engineer, Expereo
SD-WAN introduces a network overlay that lets you respond to changing business needs with speed and flexibility. Company-wide policies can be distributed from a central management portal, providing SaaS applications, users and locations with better network performance as the situation demands.
Unfortunately, many organizations have become locked into traditional networks. They struggle to design, deploy, and manage cloud-connected architecture. Here are answers to common questions that crop up when implementing SD-WAN.
Q: How do you prepare a site for SD-WAN implementation?
A: Site readiness is critical for successful deployment. Like any internet-based service, a site needs to receive both internet access lines and the router to leverage an SD-WAN network. This can include physical requirements such as adequate power, a place to rack and stack equipment, patch cords — all the way to ensuring network IP addresses and VLAN information needed for configuration are accurate.
Q: How do you judge the amount of bandwidth needed from carriers?
A: How much bandwidth that’s needed, is typically a function on the existing size of the circuits used by a customer, and how much forecast in user growth is expected. The benefit is that commodity internet access is for the most part much cheaper than MPLS, so on a cost-by-cost comparison, most customers will benefit with much larger internet circuits that can carry their SD-WAN traffic. They also will enjoy more direct access to SaaS and cloud providers through local internet breakout.
Q: Are there any rules of thumb to improve performance across SD-WAN?
A: Since SD-WAN is built on VPN technology, a good SD-WAN design accounts for all customer locations and the traffic path of user data. This information is vital as latency can significantly impact the user experience. Here’s our rule of thumb at Expereo: Good SD-WAN design is based off the applications being used, and where they are accessed from, optimizing a network for business-specific needs.
Q: What argument would you give for switching to SD-WAN?
A: You’ve got to consider what the main drivers behind SD-WAN are:
With over 20 years’ experience as a technology professional, Salim Khouri works as a solutions engineer to support Expereo’s managed global network and cloud connectivity solutions. His expertise includes, but is not limited to global internet, SD-WAN and security.