THE TRUTH ABOUT SD-WAN (PART 1)

MYTH:  “WE CAN SAVE YOU 50% ON YOUR NETWORK, PROVIDE UP TO 10X THE BANDWIDTH AND INSTALL 10X AS FAST AS MPLS”

CONTEXT:  Almost every SD-WAN provider makes this, or a similar, claim.  While it sounds GREAT and can be true in the MOST EXTREME cases…

HERE IS THE TRUTH:  The above mentioned quoted statement is true when you have a network designed with either very expensive MPLS connections and a backup already in place.  The only other time it is true is when you already are paying for WAN ACCELERATION — and/or potentially when you are replacing expensive edge security with software defined solutions that are built into some SD-WAN solutions.

The truth is that you can achieve EXCELLENT performance from a combination of 2 less expensive DIA, Broadband or some LTE solutions per site to give you redundancy – while shaping traffic efficiently and improving visibility – often dramatically!  This increases bandwidth per site 2 to 10 times per site. Cable connections are much faster to install than MPLS – but not necessarily 10x at every site.  When you add the top tier SD-WAN solutions into the total cost of your network – we often see a 10% to 25% reduction in spend, but not 50%!

At the end of the day, this smaller cost savings is still significant – especially when you consider the improvements you can achieve in network agility, redundancy, performance, application awareness, visibility, management and sometimes security!

Disclaimer:  Xcelocloud is a leading SD-WAN/Network consultant to enterprise companies throughout the U.S./Globally.  While we are technology and carrier agnostic, we do believe the software defined networking will, ultimately, gain the majority of all network spend market share over the next 2 to 5 years! 

For more information or to schedule an initial meeting, please email us at info@xcelocloud.com

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