June 03, 2021

SD-WAN lowers the cost of internet access

A software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) holds many advantages over other business networking technologies, such as multiprotocol label switching (MPLS), virtual private networks (VPNs) and private internet. SD-WAN doesn’t have to replace an existing network - it can be an add-on to make the network more manageable by offering centralised control. This means that SD-WAN can bring certain cost-saving benefits to a company by using centralised software to control the traffic within the network.

This centralised control and orchestration of the network provide greater agility in setting up new users and monitoring network traffic. So, instead of physically setting up network points at each site, SD-WAN allows a business to do this via the cloud. It is an important upgrade for businesses that rely on cloud-based applications and programmes, or on remote employees.

SEACOM Business can set up an SD-WAN for any company, which can save on expenses from large business networking service bills. It lowers the cost of internet access and corporate connectivity, but SD-WAN also drives savings for a business through the centralised management of the network. The software essentially replaces employees that would normally be needed to manage the network and connect different branches.

SD-WAN provides transparency and automatic diagnostics when any link fails. This minimises downtime and reduces the costs of troubleshooting for the company. Large enterprises operating in Southern Africa and globally should consider implementing SD-WAN for the benefit of their budgets and digital architecture. It can offer higher bandwidth, lower rates, better reliability and reduced costs of maintenance when compared to other networking solutions.

SD-WAN provides better connections

This streamlined approach is more cost-effective and, since the software manages the connections and reroutes traffic automatically in the event of a failure, it provides better connectivity and reliability. This is vital for businesses that host their voice services online - employees and users will not be cut off the call. Instead, the software will reroute the call via other links within the SD-WAN.

This means that data, voice, video and project files can be transferred within the network with greater ease and at a lower cost. Since many multinational companies have offices on different continents, the SD-WAN will also support virtual private networks (VPNs), third-party services and security systems with minimal interruptions and downtime.

SD-WAN lowers the cost of connections

Another cost-saving benefit of SD-WAN comes through superior connectivity. Many companies pay for multiple connections when linking branches and offices. However, with SD-WAN, a business can leverage multiple connections at the same time. This is because the software sends data via the connections that are best suited and readily available.

Not only does this maximise the efficiency of your bandwidth, but it also cuts the need to pay for multiple connections separately. It also allows the enterprise to speed up its connections and internet by allowing the software to intelligently route data and traffic through the least congested routes within the network.

This saves time, improves efficiency and maximises performance - allowing the company to operate at maximum productivity and profitability. SD-WAN provides cost savings benefits, bandwidth efficiency and a seamless connection to the cloud. Our SD-WAN solutions are guaranteed to improve the way your business runs. For more information or to get a quote, email us at marketing@seacom.com or leave us a message.

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