SD-WAN is great – up to a point.
SD-WAN revolutionized branch-to-branch networking, providing enterprises with a way to harness affordable Internet capacity and put it to work for the business.
But the world has changed since SD-WAN first appeared. The trend of remote working, which started to take hold over the past decade, was accelerated by the pandemic. Now more than two-thirds of white-collar staff spend at least two days a week working from home or on the road.
SD-WAN and Hybrid Workers
Hybrid workers want the same IT experience as their in-office colleagues, but slow and unreliable wireless and broadband connections have made them corporate second-class citizens. They work in a zone where productivity, teamwork, and morale are compromised. “I’ll turn my video off” has become their motto.
Supporting this community of dissatisfied users for the IT department has become a costly and complex chore.
Limitations of SD-WAN
SD-WAN, designed when hybrid working was a minority pursuit, is a sub-optimal solution for the hybrid workforce.
- It doesn’t provide end-to-end performance
- It doesn’t give IT the end-to-end visibility or tools they need to pinpoint and fix problems
- It doesn’t provide out-of-the-box security – and adding security typically makes the performance even worse
Attempts to mitigate these problems with SD-WAN appliances for the user premises, involving hardware rollouts, dual broadband connections, and security bolt-ons, add to the cost and operational complexity of the network. And they don’t solve the problem for the mobile user.
HAaaS : Personal SD-WAN
This is where Cloudbrink’s Hybrid-Access-as-a-Service (HAaaS) comes in. Think of it as a personal SD-WAN, able to give each user the best possible end-to-end experience every time.
Our software-only solution uses AI to minimize the impact of dropped packets on application performance. Our global network of FAST Edges provides low-latency (7-20ms) connections for every session, wherever they are.
The result is a 30-times performance improvement, which brings shonky Wi-Fi connections up to the level of the office LAN.
It means your users are always in the office – whether they are or not.
To find out more, contact us at https://cloudbrink.com/contact/