SD-WAN is best defined as traffic monitoring and management from physical devices to the application itself, capitalizing on flexibility and agility. This intelligent routing is abstracted into a virtual overlay, enabling a secured pooling of both private and public connections allowing for automation, centralized network control and real-time management across multiple links. In other words, SD-WAN is able to take multiple sources of Internet, optimize them, control the network flow, and provide seamless failover.
SD-WAN grew in popularity throughout 2010 as a more flexible and cloud-friendly approach to WAN connectivity. While SD-WAN appliances move enterprises closer to where they need to be, they simply aren’t designed to address all the networking and security challenges modern enterprises face. Enter CATO Networks.
CATO Networks pioneered the convergence of networking and security. Their vision is to "deliver a next-generation secure networking architecture that eliminates the complexity, costs and risks associated with legacy IT approaches based on disjointed point solutions." CATO has proven to stand by this mission, and Matrix Networks is proud to partner with CATO as they help our clients realize the benefits of SASE as either a standalone product, or in conjunction with Matrix Networks' MCaaS Solution.
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A Cloud First SD-WAN solution is not focused on displacing your private network, instead the solution specializes in optimizing your cloud application experience. The design works perfectly for single site, fully cloud, or multi-site organizations without the need for site to site meshing. The cloud only design revolves around edge gateways communicating to the SD-WAN provider’s main equipment, which has been strategically placed in datacenters that house major Internet peering points. If your goal is to mesh sites using your existing firewall solution while you migrate to the cloud, this solution is designed for you.
With over 40 SD-WAN solutions on the market today, it can be difficult to know what solution is right for you. There are critical questions that must be asked in order to identify which style of SD-WAN is a match for you. Questions like: Will this solution work with my existing Security appliances? Will I have access to the Orchestrator? What type of SD-WAN solution is it? Is that solution Appliance-to-Appliance, aka Site-to-Site?
Here at Matrix Networks, we have narrowed down the field down to the best in breed Cloud-first and Site-to-Site options, being Bigleaf Networks and Velocloud respectfully. If you'd like to lean more about these two solutions, download our complimentary SD-WAN Solution Guide.
Today's modern businesses are more dependent on their network infrastructure than ever before. As applications continue to move to the cloud, organizations must have the correct foundation in place to handle the influx of bandwidth needed to support a successful user experience. The articles written below are meant to educate our clients on the power of SD-WAN technology and the importance of building a modern network infrastructure.
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