🌳Redefining Branch Connectivity for Modern Business Needs when deploying SD-WANs 🌐💼

🌳Redefining Branch Connectivity for Modern Business Needs when deploying SD-WANs 🌐💼

Modern Enterprise Branches: Standalone Network Solutions and SD-WAN Deployment

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In the past, branches were connected to head offices through leased MPLS lines or VPNs over dedicated Internet access. These deployments were often customized, resulting in a tangled mess of configurations and a lack of universal solutions.

However, the landscape of branch connectivity has evolved significantly in recent years:

  1. Data Center Migration: Head office infrastructure has shifted towards data center co-locations and cloud instances.

  2. On-Premise Services Transition: Branches have followed suit by adopting cloud-based services, abandoning on-premise solutions.

  3. Broadband Dominance: Broadband has emerged as the primary method of connecting branches.

  4. MPLS Challenges: Rising pricing pressures have led businesses to move away from MPLS connections.

  5. SD-WAN Revolution: SD-WAN technology now orchestrates branch networks, revolutionizing connectivity.

The result? The emergence of isolated branches that no longer rely on direct connections to head offices for continuous operations. Instead, these branches require secure cloud access to their business's hosted infrastructure, a trend that will likely continue in the cloud-centric future.

While an enterprise may still have numerous physical branches, the need for a traditional branch network is diminishing rapidly. In this evolving landscape, broadband connectivity takes center stage as it becomes a business-critical lifeline. The entire business operation now depends on the path to cloud services via the Internet, with no local IT resource access as a fallback. Losing Internet connectivity means halting critical business operations—a stark departure from the past.

The primary advantage of this architecture is the substantial reduction in IT costs. However, to mitigate risks, businesses must ensure that their broadband links maintain a high practical uptime. This practical uptime is rooted in the statistical likelihood of multiple paths providing better uptime than single instances.

Fusion Broadband South Africa's SD-WAN solution addresses these requirements admirably, offering industry-leading uptime, security, and high performance. Unlike some solutions that simply rename site-to-site VPNs as SD-WAN, Fusion's approach is a true evolution that leaves legacy baggage behind, especially when VPNs rely on outdated IPSEC protocols.

Moreover, transitioning away from MPLS networks significantly reduces data center charges. MPLS requires dedicated cores for clients, resulting in cumbersome, space-consuming infrastructure. In contrast, broadband leverages existing overlays and maximizes savings by reducing communication-related footprints in data centers.

Join us in the SD-WAN revolution, where business transformation starts from the ground up! 🚀

Ronald Bartels ensures that Internet inhabiting things are connected reliably online at Fusion Broadband South Africa - the leading specialized SD-WAN provider in South Africa. 👉 Contact Fusion