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SD-WAN Reality Check: Sorting Out the Hype

December 26, 2019

Via: No Jitter

Touted for benefits such as reduced costs, increased performance, and ease of management, SD-WAN is having a moment in networking. But are the promises by managed service providers (MSPs) too good to be true, and more importantly, what should enterprises know about selecting an SD-WAN solution?

Historically, cloud-based apps and Internet traffic had to pass through an MPLS or a private IP network before reaching the branch. SD-WAN offers an alternative. In a hybrid SD-WAN model, each branch office has an Internet connection, reducing the need for private IP or MPLS connections. With SD-WAN, enterprises can be more agile in their network delivery and benefit from real-time intelligent traffic forwarding.

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