Today’s MSP technology is designed to accommodate collaboration among multiple devices. Connecting with websites and applications across the internet needs to be as fast as possible in order for workers to be productive. Here are reasons why hybrid and SD-WAN networking are valuable options:
The foundation of today’s MSP technology that utilizes multiple network technologies for maximum performance and cost-effectiveness can be divided into Hybrid WAN and Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN).
Hybrid WAN encompasses various technologies that include MPLS, Carrier Ethernet, and Virtual Private Networks (VPNs). Using Hybrid WAN allows you to draw from the benefits of multiple internet delivery systems while maintaining affordable costs.
SD-WAN is also a mix of different networking solutions, except it includes software that adds a security layer and allows you to optimize performance with configuration options. If you decide to go with Hybrid WAN or SD-WAN, be careful of the challenges that sometimes accompany a deployment.
In order for networking technologies to be deployed properly, the building owner and project managers need to plan the project with the deployment staff. This team should decide prior to construction whether the project planning requires a Letter of Authorization (LOA) or Right of Entry (ROE) documentation. Other preparations should include:
- Site survey for mapping existing connections and determining if new links or reconstruction is necessary
- Guarantees on network equipment and installation work such as venting and grounding
- Finding effective locations for sufficient reception
- Estimating the volume of VoIP calls to handle voice capacity needs
- Deciding on data to be encrypted to strengthen security
In order for either Hybrid WAN or SD-WAN to work most effectively, you need to emphasize extensive planning. So much of the process involves paying close attention to details, such as how data will be accessed and how much capacity is required. It also requires a team of IT experts who are experienced with these technologies so that the implementation is smooth. Technicians who try to deploy these technologies without proper training can run into obstacles that slow the process down.
Why Networking Technology Provides a Competitive Edge
When your network is built on Hybrid WAN or SD-WAN technology, your workers will enjoy fast connectivity. They will be able to feel confident about voice quality through VoIP and offer reliable service. Both technologies provide cost-effective ways to connect branch offices to the same network.
The hybrid method allows you to use MPLS for sending critical and confidential business data, while less sensitive data can be sent over broadband. The ability to dynamically route traffic for best performance based on real-time monitoring gives your system a modern edge to business continuity. Back office work can be done without the disruption of traffic, congestion, or latency issues. The combination of MPLS with sufficient levels of encryption provides robust security, protecting digital assets.
Connections are maintained on a Hybrid WAN due to the way that the system adapts to network conditions. It not only helps provide a quality experience for workers but customers as well.
For businesses concerned about bandwidth limits, SD-WAN provides a quick and easy solution with its virtualization features. Simplified controls allow you to configure policies through software for individual branches from a centralized location. It’s helpful for businesses that transmit a large amount of sensitive data that want to migrate to the cloud. Hybrid WAN works for companies that maintain their own infrastructure and is useful for reducing latency and jitter.
The reason why many businesses rely on MSP technology such as Hybrid WAN or SD-WAN is that it increases output, cuts costs, and provides easy management controls. Consider offering these technologies to help your clients achieve fast connectivity at manageable costs.