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Offering SD-WAN solutions is more important than ever

July 21, 2020

Offering SD-WAN solutions is more important than ever
If you aren’t currently offering your enterprise customers SD-WAN (software-defined wide area network) solutions, you could be missing a huge opportunity. SD-WAN is a virtual architecture that allows organizations with eight or more locations to use a combination of different transport services (e.g., MPLS, cable, fiber, LTE) to connect users to applications. The service is particularly relevant today for a couple reasons.

First, the trend of companies having multiple branch locations is only increasing. With so many workers at remote sites, having stable connectivity from SD-WAN between sites is essential. Second, business Internet services are expensive, so it makes sense to use SD-WAN to ensure that mission-critical apps get the best and most economical service to function. What company isn’t striving to reduce costs wherever possible? Usually, reduced costs equate to some loss of performance. In the case of SD-WAN, it’s the opposite.

VMware has addressed the above trends with its VeloCloud solution. According to VMware, VeloCloud has a few key benefits worth noting:

  1. Simplify branch network—Provision branch offices faster with automated zero-touch deployment, simplified configuration, orchestration and ongoing monitoring with centralized troubleshooting tools.
  2. Optimize network performance—Optimize application performance over hybrid or internet links with direct, secure access to enterprise and cloud applications. SD-WAN provides consolidated monitoring and visibility across multiple WAN links and service providers.
  3. Deliver branch agility—Enable multiple links, devices and services to coexist and interoperate with incumbent solutions and make the branch agile.
  4. Reduce costs—Deliver hybrid WAN with ease and enable branch offices with ordinary broadband for enterprise-grade WAN. Reduce hardware delivery costs by choosing from deployment options such as virtual machine on a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) device, virtual machine on an existing x86-based router or a purpose-built VMware SD-WAN by VeloCloud Edge device.
Put simply, VeloCloud automatically ensures important applications get the bandwidth they need, while less important applications (e.g., social and streaming media) use more affordable services. Not only will your customers experience improved performance in areas such as VoIP, UC and videoconferencing, they’ll also save money by using more expensive Internet services only as needed.

Identifying the right VeloCloud Edge appliance for your customers is easy. Simply total the upload and download streams of each site and select the appropriate appliance. It’s common to leave room for growth by selecting an appliance and service level a little bigger than what’s needed. Once purchased, installation and configuration is simple thanks to zero-touch provisioning. All Edge appliances can be dropped in and then centrally managed via VMware SD-WAN Orchestrator. Additionally, VeloCloud includes a catalog of applications to make it easy to quickly establish optimizations for your customers.

To learn how VMware SD-WAN by VeloCloud can help your customers save money while improving the quality of service of their critical applications, contact the appropriate VMware market development executive for your territory: