Clear the obstacles to a smooth deployment.
As the barriers to adoption continue to fall for SD-WAN, some persist. Chief among these are inertia, fears about service disruptions and a lack of understanding relative to the technology’s utility. These concerns can often be resolved with a little research. Experts offer the following tips to promote a smooth deployment of SD-WAN.
Don't gut what's already in place
Many business owners assume that SD-WAN means a ground-up rebuild of the network. To the contrary, a well-established service provider will offer very low-touch implementations that allow businesses to keep what they’re already using while the new network is rolled out.
Test, and test again
Seasoned IT specialists and service providers appreciate the value of testing as SD-WAN is implemented. They collaborate to schedule deployment phases that enable health checks to catch, kill or cure issues that arise along the way.
Keep security top of mind
SD-WANs include a range of security features. Depending on the specific provider, these may include advanced firewall, encryption and threat-prevention features. Businesses also can set their own parameters around rules and norms for traffic across their networks. Targeting security as the new network is built, and assigning it a high priority, can offset a range of potentially ruinous intrusions down the road.
SD-WAN can move companies big and small into a new world of advanced
business communications. Decision-makers should not fear change or delay
making a move that can place their companies well ahead of the
competition in a few weeks’ time. Every day, more organizations across
all industry sectors are taking the leap, and are experiencing the
benefits. They’re no longer tied to the legacy provider’s path to the
internet, their business communications have leapt into the 21st
Century, and capital expenses have plummeted for equipment, connections
and IT support.