SD-WAN: Fact vs. Fiction

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Myth #1: SD-WAN is the same as WAN optimization

WAN optimization and SD-WAN both reduce bandwidth use. But SD-WAN provides solutions that meet or exceed those offered by traditional WAN technologies:

  • Connectivity to other cloud based solutions
  • Dynamic bandwidth
  • Application acceleration and optimization
  • Support whenever you need it

Myth #2: SD-WAN will replace Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)

SD-WAN allows companies to utilize multiple internet circuits, balance the load across them, and provides a solid quality of experience.

SD-WAN will reduce reliance on private MPLS links, but not replace it. As long as quality of service is needed, MPLS will be needed.

Myth #3: The only benefit compared to MPLS is cost

Yes, there are cost effective upgrades when choosing SD-WAN. But the benefits of SD-WAN are far greater:

  • Best overall value and functionality
  • Agility and speed when adding locations
  • Simplification of operations
  • Redundancy, scalability and fault tolerance
  • Quality of experience for critical applications

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