Listicle: 5 Ways SD-WAN Is Advancing Modern Business Goals

16 Nov 2018

For the past 20 years, Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) technology has served as the basis for enterprise networks. But today, the need to support cloud-based applications, the Internet of Things (IoT) and other modern technologies has led to the evolution of a faster, more efficient networking architecture: Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN).

Read the list below to see how Cisco® SD-WAN helps businesses accelerate digital transformation, generate stronger outcomes and lay the foundation for growth.

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5 Ways SD-WAN Is Advancing Modern Business Goals

Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) is the result of two emerging technologies — hybrid networking used to transport data via internet or mobile connectivity, and software used to provide centralized control over WAN routers.

By combining these two solutions with other advanced features, such as transport independence and integrated security, Cisco® SD-WAN provides next-generation architecture to help organizations achieve modern business goals:

  1. Savings
  2. By replacing expensive Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) technology with more cost-effective hardware and connectivity options, such as broadband and 4G LTE, SD-WAN reduces initial networking costs while easing demands on IT — increasing productivity and profitability.

    $20 million saved on Operating Expenses (OpEx) over three years for a retailer

    An 80% reduction in cost/Mbps for a national insurance provider

  3. Availability
  4. SD-WAN allows businesses to leverage all available network connections at a full capacity, using automated path control to prioritize the delivery of business-critical applications and improve performance.

    100% application uptime during network failures for a national food distributor

    A four-fold improvement in application latency for a healthcare provider

  5. Efficiency
  6. By simplifying policy management through a centralized and cloud-based platform, SD-WAN makes it easy to deploy and monitor individual sites, servers and applications. SD-WAN also applies Artificial Intelligence (AI) to optimize the user experience.

    A five-fold improvement in Office 365® performance for an energy provider

    A 12-fold improvement in change control time for a 3,000-site bank

  7. Agility
  8. By eliminating the need for manual configuration or updates through a standard Command Line Interface (CLI), SD-WAN enables zero-touch provisioning through a unified management fabric, reducing deployment time across your network.

    Completion of Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) integration in under two weeks for a Fortune 50 healthcare provider

    Deployment of guest wireless service at more than 1,000 stores for a retailer

  9. Security
  10. SD-WAN delivers an all-in-one security platform with integrated user identity-based control, data encryption and firewall support, using network intelligence to detect and respond to cyberattacks in real time.

    Secure isolation of more than 100 business partners for a manufacturer with more than 1,000 sites in the U.S

Cisco. (2018). Enterprise Grade SD-WAN. Cisco.com.