SD-WAN: What Is It?

The simple, secure and intelligent way to keep pace with cloud-based digital transformation.

Ensure your connectivity is a true enabler!

The way businesses grow has changed. Companies need to meet customer demand as quickly as possible, and depend on a more diverse set of software applications that run both internally and in the cloud to manage operations. The emergence of software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) means companies can achieve those objectives by ensuring network connectivity is not a weak link in cloud adoption and instead becomes the foundation for digital success.

Deploying and managing secure, high-performance connections should be simple and fast, leaving you free to achieve your most important business objectives. Imagine a world where you’re not constrained by the limits of what network connectivity can do. Introducing Cogeco Peer 1 Software-Defined WAN solution.

Cogeco Peer 1’s Software-Defined WAN gives companies with multiple locations the simplicity, security and agility they need to run a more flexible and dynamic network.

The Business Case for SD-WAN

No matter where businesses operate today, there are some things they can’t do without. This includes immediate and reliable access to cloud-based services, strong security and the ability to scale as quickly as possible.

Imagine an organization with branch offices across the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Two of them might connect over a single Internet connection, while one uses multiple providers. Without a large in-house IT department and a significant budget for high-availability backup access, expansion will be time-consuming and costly – until you consider the SD-WAN alternative.

Using an SD-WAN device that is simple to install, new branch locations can be opened in days, with built-in security and better performance, thanks to load balancing across multiple links. The same business is ready for future growth, prioritizing traffic for the best quality of service and dynamically making changes without having to turn to a service provider.

Here’s another scenario: A videoconference session ends abruptly. Voice calls suddenly drop. Sales teams can’t access the CRM.

In traditional WAN environments, any kind of problem on a primary link can equal an outage for employees, interrupting their work and causing a decrease in the value they provide to customers and the company. Failing over to a backup can mean another interruption, causing employees to restart what they were doing.

This only becomes more challenging as organizations seek to take advantage of a growing list of software-as-a-service (SaaS) tools to assist with marketing, selling and servicing their customers. Paying for extra bandwidth that’s only occasionally used is not the answer, and won’t prepare companies for future expansion. Deploying and managing secure, high-performance connections should be simple and fast, leaving you free to achieve your most important business objectives. Imagine a world where you’re not constrained by the limits of what network connectivity can do.

Introducing Cogeco Peer 1’s SD-WAN.

Here’s how it works: Just plug in an SD-WAN device to your existing Internet connection (left), which then configures itself to Cogeco Peer 1’s backbone network automatically. Customers can then enjoy access to cloud, hosting, colocation, security and other managed services (right), along with everything else they need to operate and grow their business.

 

Benefits of SD-WAN

Cogeco Peer 1’s SD-WAN empowers companies to make strategic decisions about the bandwidth they need to get the most from their applications, add new services on the fly and build network defenses at each endpoint. Contact us to learn how SD-WAN can help you.

Stay Focused on IT Business Goals

Opening a new branch office or store location? The expense and complexity to offer private WAN access that once meant long lead times using traditional WAN, becomes simple and more cost effective with Cogeco Peer 1 Software-Defined WAN. Set up standard configurations and interconnect remote sites within minutes – all without the need for any on-site IT support. SD-WAN seamlessly connects your remote branch office locations to your private network in a faster, more cost-effective way than traditional WAN.

Secure Access to Data and Applications

Cogeco Peer 1’s SD-WAN service creates a secure global network connection. Think of it like an extended VPN — except that it’s always-on, and provides the security that businesses need within your existing internet connection, so they can trust all the software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications they use today, and tomorrow.

Gain Visibility and Control Over IT Performance

Connect all your locations and create a more agile and flexible WAN that aligns your network with your IT business goals. The SD-WAN Self-Service Portal enables users to control and increase the performance of the network during peak productivity times. View all connected SD-WAN sites, apply policies dynamically, improve employee productivity and boost customer satisfaction by quickly prioritizing critical applications and bandwidth to reduce latency for critical workloads.

SD-WAN In Action

Can you picture what SD-WAN could mean for your business? Watch the video below and talk to the Cogeco Peer 1 team about how to get started today.