Cloud-based and mobile apps put traditional networks to the test by making last mile connectivity a mission-critical component. And, with 83% of enterprise workloads expected to run in the cloud by next year1, the need for a network that can properly support a fluctuating mix of bandwidth-intensive applications all but guarantees SD‑WAN is here to stay.
Much has been said about the complexity sometimes associated with a successful SD‑WAN deployment. However, we hear less talk about another critical factor in maintaining a successfully deployed solution—namely, visibility.
Unlike their traditional counterparts, modern networks are not intended to be static. The days of “set it and forget it” are fast becoming a distant memory. The mission‑critical modern network calls for real-time network path conditioning and continuous policy evaluation to ensure an optimal application experience. Network and application performance can vary depending on the number of applications running, sites connected, service providers in place and individual user behaviors. Visibility can help monitor link reliability, application performance and user demands for the aggregate business or in varying granularity levels—crucial to understanding the operational impact of the SD-WAN.
The digital experience of SD-WAN
This is where the SD-WAN digital experience comes into play. When working with service providers, there is a patchwork of available tools and interfaces for monitoring, configuration and analytics. Monitoring and configuration control are essential to the long-term success of the SD-WAN. Therefore, it’s important to consider whether the SD-WAN you deploy gives your IT department the tools it needs to effectively manage the network or whether it becomes an administrative burden with negative implications on your IT workload, security, end-user and customer experience.
When considering an SD-WAN solution you should ask some key questions about the digital management and analytics capabilities available.
These are just a few SD-WAN management and visibility aspects Windstream Enterprise and VMWare will be discussing at our upcoming webinar. Join us for this important discussion and live demonstration on how the visibility into these critical areas can impact the success of your SD-WAN.
Register to attend:
SD-WAN Digital Experience: The “Power of One” at Your FingertipsThursday, June 27, 20191:00 pm ET | 10:00 AM PT
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