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TOP 4 FACTORS THAT DRIVE IT LEADERS TO CONSIDER SD-WAN

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Unless you’ve spent the last couple of years hibernating under a rock, it’s impossible for you to have escaped the buzz around Cloud, SD-WAN or Digital Transformation.

Looking Up to the Cloud
If you are a business, big or small, you are right in the middle of one of the biggest and most disruptive technology revolutions. Technologies related to Cloud, SaaS, and Mobility are set to revamp enterprise IT, and how organizations work with data and applications.

(Also Read: CLOUD EVOLUTION DRIVES WAN EVOLUTION)

More and more companies are transitioning from using applications hosted on-premises to adopting Software as a Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) for mission-critical and real-time applications. The performance of these applications has a tremendous impact on productivity and business execution.

And as a result, the role of global network connectivity has undergone massive transformation.

Since CIOs and IT managers understand that their legacy networks are not suited to adapt to the demands of this new ‘marketplace’, many are turning to Software-Defined Wide Area Networks (SD-WANs).

Surfing the Network Transformation Wave
In a recent survey report Trends in Data Center Networking, IT Analyst and Research firm ESG highlighted the challenges that are driving CIOs and IT managers to consider adopting SD-WAN based connectivity solutions. A total of 234 respondents from IT organizations were asked for the most compelling reasons that their business adopted or considered a hybrid or SD-WAN.

While most SD-WAN companies focus on reducing network costs by enabling lower private link subscriptions, IT leaders are looking for a comprehensive solution that not only saves costs (26%), but can address high availability (21%), agility (21%), and data security concerns (32%).

Meeting Global IT Demands
Aryaka has developed an end-to-end software defined connectivity solution that delivers performance, agility, reliability, and security and can mitigate networking challenges that IT teams face today.

ESG Survey Results: What was the most compelling reason for your organization to adopt or consider a hybrid or SD-WAN? (And Aryaka’s answer to IT needs)

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Agility in Deployment: Legacy network technologies like MPLS are extremely rigid and slow to deploy. Setting up a new site can take as many as 60-120 days in many regions of the world, considerably impacting business expansion initiatives.

Aryaka, on the other hand, can deploy a global network connectivity solution in less than a week. All that our customers need to do is connect to our global private network through one or more business-grade Internet connection(s) at each location.

(Also Read: Skullcandy unplugs MPLS, moves to WAN-as-a-Service)

Cost Reduction: Aryaka’s solutions helps businesses save costs by up to 40% compared to MPLS and achieve up to 98% bandwidth savings, and associated cost savings due to Aryaka’s compression and deduplication technologies. Our subscription based pricing model eliminates the need for organizations to invest in CapEx-heavy legacy network hardware such as WAN Optimization Controllers. Also, as a fully managed service, Aryaka saves IT teams on significant network maintenance and management costs, freeing IT resources to focus on more business-critical activities.

Network Security: With mission-critical applications moving outside the corporate firewall all the way to the cloud, organizations need to ensure that their networks are not only secure but also adhere to the different compliance standards across geographies.  Aryaka has built a multi-layer security model – providing enterprise-grade network security, physical security and access control, at its global Points of Presence (PoPs), ensuring the highest levels of fortification for sensitive information assets at rest and in transit.

Service Level Improvements: Aryaka’s SLA guarantees 99.99% network uptime to all customers, which is made possible due to multiple levels of redundancy built into Aryaka’s network platform.

Application Performance: The Elephant In The Room
Application Performance
While all of the drivers mentioned above are strong indicators of shifting IT priorities, the fundamental role of the network is that of delivering reliable and fast application performance, something that most SD-WANs today fall short of doing due to their reliance on the public Internet (in the absence of MPLS).

The fact that SD-WAN based hybrid WAN architectures need to rely on MPLS for performance, results in these solutions inheriting the shortfalls of MPLS, such as long deployment timelines, high cost, and lack of support for optimized cloud access.

Without MPLS, conventional SD-WANs need to depend on congested public networks that are prone to delivering frustratingly poor performance due to high packet loss and fluctuating latencies.

(Also Read: SD-WAN: GPS FOR YOUR NETWORK TRAFFIC?)

Aryaka’s global SD-WAN solution, on the other hand, is built over a global private network that bypasses the public Internet on the congested middle-mile and delivers MPLS-grade connectivity globally, without all the hassles of large-scale investments for the network and long deployment times. As a result, Aryaka combines the benefits of SD-WAN technology with global private connectivity and WAN optimization, to deliver the only SD-WAN solution that focuses on enhancing application performance.

In the end, whether on Cloud or on-premises, mission-critical or peripheral, the performance of your applications and ultimately your business is only as good as your network.

To evaluate Aryaka’s Global SD-WAN in your environment, sign up for a free trial today!

About the author

Gary Sevounts
Gary Sevounts

Gary Sevounts is the Chief Marketing Officer at Aryaka Networks, and is responsible for Aryaka’s global marketing efforts. He has extensive experience with software and SaaS products in the IT infrastructure and security space, as well as marketing and sales technology, having held marketing and product management leadership roles with a number of industry leaders.