Halloween is the time for tricks and treats, but there’s nothing fun about trying to manage increasingly complex networks without the proper tools.
Put another way, nobody wants to go trick or treating with a small candy bag and be out of “candy capacity” by the third house. According to the 2015 Citrix Mobile Analytics Report, the number of devices managed in the enterprise has nearly doubled, increasing by 72 percent over the last year.
On top of managing all of these devices, IT teams are now tasked with making sure their corporate networks can efficiently deliver enterprise information to and from these devices for employees on the move. With an overwhelming amount of data, a growing number of users and increased traffic from rich media, it’s no wonder enterprise networks are suffering slow delivery times, outages and packet drops.
Many organizations have turned to WAN optimization to increase network performance, but the reality is that many high-bandwidth business apps such as graphic-intensive design tools, VoIP and HD video don’t leave much room for optimization. So while one issue is solved, IT teams are now faced with decisions of adding additional bandwidth through costly MPLS services.
WAN virtualization, a type of software-defined WAN, has recently entered the networking industry not only as a way to maintain high-quality connectivity, but also cover limitations of traditional WANs. With a virtual WAN, multiple MPLS and broadband paths are logically bound into a single overlay network with greater bandwidth, resiliency and flexibility than a single connection can offer.
Additionally, virtual WANs continuously assess the performance of paths in order to balance traffic from high bandwidth applications across multiple paths. Therefore, SD-WAN solutions ensure availability and delivery of applications, even when one or more WAN services are impaired.
As network infrastructures are constantly evolving, an SD-WAN solution, such as Citrix’s CloudBridge Virtual WAN, is a strategic move for organizations because it can scale as enterprise needs shift. Does your organization demand greater bandwidth, but lack the resources to support an MPLS upgrade? SD-WAN solves this issue by adding lower cost broadband paths to offer maximum bandwidth while ensuring the same reliability as an MPLS.
While network challenges will never be completely solved, organizations looking to transform their networks to meet demands of today’s mobile business environment may want to consider SD-WAN technology. Through managing network performance and adapting to traffic patterns, SD-WAN ensures application availability by powering “always on” access for mobile employees. If IT managers truly want to focus on delivering enterprise information, it’s time to consider options for improving their networks.