Benefits of SD-WAN for Branch Networks

Data Center | Networking

Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) has been commanding a lot of attention lately, and rightly so. Network traffic is increasing by 30% year-over-year, and by 2020, there’s projected to be 1.2 billion mobile-connected devices. The increase in traffic means that traditional wide-area networks (WANs) are being pushed to their limits, especially in organizations with multiple locations. To alleviate unprecedented demands from mobile users, security threats, and cloud applications, more organizations are turning to SD-WAN. SD-WAN offers a better approach to WAN connectivity by solving the digital transformation challenges of traditional WAN architectures.


Here are the top benefits of SD-WAN for branch networks:

  1. Quickly add bandwidth: Respond to business needs faster by using broadband/4G/LTE connectivity to securely add bandwidth or failover capabilities
  2. Improve app experiences: Route WAN traffic through the best path to ensure optimal app performance and user experience, all without direct IT oversight
  3. Improve security: Segment your networks and apply security easily to all network traffic without having to backhaul data through headquarters
  4. Gain network visibility: See real-time performance and better understand the apps, users, and devices on your WAN through a simple dashboard


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