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SD-WAN

Reduce your network costs with SD-WAN


SD-WAN Explained

SD-WAN (software-defined wide area networking) is a smart technique used by a business to control its entire network. It simply makes managing your network simpler and easier as it allows you to control it remotely from any location.

It’s perfect for businesses which may have multiple locations because, instead of implementing changes at each individual site, centralised management allows you to make changes to them all from a single dashboard.

Not only does it save your business valuable time but it also makes collaboration seamless as you’ll be able to manage any of your locations from wherever you might be in the world.

SD-WAN is the next generation in MPLS and has been designed to connect with any network that is already in place, including existing WANs, ADSL, 4G and Ethernet.

What is the difference between WAN & Software-Defined WAN?

SD-WAN makes an office agile and efficient with virtualization and cloud. Compared to a traditional WAN deployment, SD-WAN enables enterprises to deploy their wide-area networks 100 times faster with three times the cost-savings. Management of the network is separated from the physical infrastructure; improving agility, visibility and scalability, without adding management overhead or adversely impacting on available bandwidth. Centralised control enables intelligent traffic management and can improve application performance across the network.

Technology Benefits

  • Higher capacity bandwidth
  • Centralised management
  • Multiple connection types
  • Network visibility
  • Increased security
  • Enables cloud usage
  • Reduced costs

If you want to find out more about SD-WAN, get in touch with one of our experts today.

Read more about the differences between WAN and SD-WAN. and SD-WAN vs MPLS.

Benefits

  • Resilient & secure
  • Cost effective
  • Centralised connectivity services
  • Agile
  • Rapid deployment
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A leased line is a dedicated internet line. Unlike business broadband which is shared amongst other businesses, a leased line isn’t shared with anyone else. This means a leased line can give you guaranteed symmetrical speeds, enhanced reliability and unrivalled speeds to make sure your business gets the connectivity service it needs.

A leased line and Ethernet are essentially the same. Dedicated business internet access using a superfast Ethernet cable is known by many names, including leased line, Ethernet or Dedicated Internet Access.

There are several different types of leased lines available. All suit different budgets and different business needs. They include:

Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) – EFM provides an end-to-end solution using multiple copper wires to connect your business to the Ethernet core network. Ideal where fibre Ethernet is not currently available or would be costly to install.

Generic Ethernet Access (GEA) or Ethernet over Fibre to the Cabinet (EoFTTC) – A hybrid solution where existing fibre or copper cables connect your business to the street cabinet before a dedicated Ethernet line carries your data to the core network.

Leased Line or Fibre Ethernet – The ultimate end-to-end connectivity solution which offers unparalleled levels of speed and reliability. It can be implemented in most locations whether fibre is currently available or not.

Fibre Flex Leased Line – Commit to a low cost minimum bandwidth i.e. 200Mb and you will get burstable bandwidth of up to 1Gb when available, at no extra cost.

Point-to-Point – Perfect for connecting two or more offices in different locations and ensures your data is secure and your network performance is more reliable.

Well that depends on several factors such as how many employees you have and the services and applications that those employees use your internet for. Email, cloud services, VoIP phone calls, VoIP system, uploading and downloading files, web browsing, video conferencing and more all affect bandwidth.

Light use – basic email and web browsing

Moderate use – file downloads, streaming music or video, cloud usage and VoIP

Strong use – all of the above as well as large file downloads and interactive conferencing

Heavy use – all of the above as well as heavy use of internet applications and multiple devices per user

Well simply because with a leased line you get more than you do with traditional broadband. A leased line is an enterprise-grade solution delivered over an Ethernet fibre line direct into your business, dedicated specifically for your use.

Broadband on the other hand is a shared consumer level service which is delivered using copper wires. With Ethernet you’ll get guaranteed speeds and enhanced reliability – things which are at a much lesser standard when using traditional broadband.

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