🤖The Borg Assimilation of SD-WAN: Unmasking the Firewall Vendors' Faux Solutions 🧨

🤖The Borg Assimilation of SD-WAN: Unmasking the Firewall Vendors' Faux Solutions 🧨

Genuine SD-WAN vs. Imitations: How to Spot the Difference


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In the world of networking, the allure of Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) technology has been akin to the promise of warp speed in Star Trek. It promises to revolutionize connectivity, optimizing performance, and slashing costs. Yet, in this exciting frontier, there lurks a threat that mirrors the Borg of Star Trek—Silicon Valley firewall vendors. Much like the Borg, these vendors have assimilated the concept of SD-WAN into their collective, creating solutions that may look advanced but fall short of true SD-WAN.

The Borg Collective of SD-WAN

The Borg, known for their mantra "Resistance is futile," assimilate species into their collective, stripping away individuality and complexity in favor of uniformity. Similarly, firewall vendors in Silicon Valley have created SD-WAN solutions that may appear cutting-edge but are, in reality, a mishmash of branch networking solutions and inferior IPSEC overlays. These solutions often leave businesses with expensive, legacy router replacements that offer minimal functionality once you peel away the facade of branch connectivity.

True SD-WAN: What It Should Be

To truly understand the limitations of the Borg-like SD-WAN solutions promoted by firewall vendors, we need to delve into what genuine SD-WAN should offer:

1. Advanced WAN Optimization

Genuine SD-WAN systems come with sophisticated WAN optimization techniques. These techniques ensure efficient data transfer, minimizing latency and maximizing throughput. If a solution lacks advanced WAN optimization, it’s a major red flag signaling a subpar offering.

2. Last Mile Packet Loss Mitigation

For latency-sensitive applications, minimizing packet loss is crucial. True SD-WAN solutions implement mechanisms to mitigate packet loss, ensuring smooth and uninterrupted connectivity. For example, Fusion SD-WAN achieves this through dynamic bandwidth adjustment, maintaining optimal performance even under challenging conditions.

3. Aggregation and Bonding

Authentic SD-WAN solutions provide aggregation and per-packet abilities, allowing for seamless data flow and optimal bandwidth utilization. The absence of these features in many Borg-like offerings indicates a lack of true SD-WAN capabilities.

True SD-WAN solutions are designed to integrate seamlessly with various ISP links. They provide businesses with the flexibility to switch providers without being locked into a single vendor’s ecosystem. Being held hostage by one ISP’s performance or pricing is a hallmark of a Borg-like solution.

5. Advanced Security and Network Management

Effective SD-WAN solutions come with advanced security features like deep packet inspection and automated path selection. These features ensure that the network remains secure and efficient. The absence of such features is a clear sign that the SD-WAN solution is not up to par.

6. Scalability and Flexibility

Genuine SD-WAN solutions are scalable and flexible, growing and adapting to meet the evolving needs of a business. Rigid systems, like those of the Borg, are counterproductive to the dynamic requirements of modern enterprises.

7. Quality of Service (QoS) Management

Effective QoS management is critical for maintaining the performance of various applications. True SD-WAN solutions offer bi-directional QoS with a high degree of automation, ensuring optimal performance across the network. Poor QoS capabilities often indicate a Borg-like assimilation, failing to deliver the promised benefits.

The True Cost of Borg-like SD-WAN

The initial appeal of the Borg-like SD-WAN solutions lies in their apparent simplicity and integration with existing firewall products. However, the long-term costs and inefficiencies become apparent as businesses grapple with subpar performance, limited flexibility, and the high cost of maintaining outdated infrastructure.


In the quest for improved connectivity and network performance, businesses must remain vigilant against the allure of Borg-like SD-WAN solutions. These offerings, often promoted by Silicon Valley firewall vendors, are a mere assimilation of true SD-WAN technology. Genuine SD-WAN solutions, like those offered by Fusion, provide advanced optimization, robust security, flexibility, and scalability, delivering a return on investment that far exceeds the cost.

Just as Captain Picard led the fight against the Borg, businesses must resist the assimilation into subpar SD-WAN solutions. Embrace true SD-WAN technology and unlock the full potential of your network, ensuring optimal performance and long-term success.

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

Originally published on LinkedIn by Ronald Bartels: