Is it time to switch to an SD-WAN platform?

Is it time to switch to an SD-WAN platform?

The wide adoption of SD WAN it has been vital for digital acceleration. While SD-WAN started out by giving branch offices flexible access to remote applications, today it does much more. Secure SD-WAN combines security and connectivity to add adaptive inspection and a superior user experience for applications. This integrated strategy also enables organizations to seamlessly extend enterprise-grade security to LAN/WLAN and 5G as SD Branch. New SD-WAN solutions enable flexible, on-demand access between cloud environments and between data centers and the cloud. And SD-WAN is now a critical component of SASEextending the same controlled access to essential resources that branch offices enjoy to today’s hybrid workforce.

But that’s just the beginning. Leveraging Secure SD-WAN as a platform enables organizations to build highly adaptable distributed networks by combining discrete environments into one. zero trust edge (ZTE) strategy. By combining advanced network and security services on a universally deployed Secure SD-WAN platform, organizations now have the flexibility to scale and expand resources on demand across their complex and rapidly evolving facilities, remote edge and multi-cloud hybrid environments.

Can your SD-WAN solution do this?
Organizations looking for optimal flexibility in their digital acceleration strategy should seriously consider upgrading their SD-WAN solution. An advanced SD-WAN platform should be able to provide these additional services on top of its more traditional features:

  • SD-WAN and SASE – As a hybrid work-from-anywhere strategy becomes the norm, secure and reliable connectivity requires extending SD-WAN functionality beyond the branch, data center, and cloud to home offices and mobile workers. A SASE The SD-WAN-based solution ensures that all workers can enjoy the benefits of enterprise-grade security and an optimized user-to-application experience, regardless of their location. At the same time, a common SD-WAN platform simplifies visibility and control.
  • SD-WAN with ZTNA – Securely connecting users to distributed applications and resources, especially across multiple clouds and on-premises networks, can be challenging. SD-WAN combined with ZTNA (Zero Trust Network Access) helps organizations consistently enforce zero-trust access policies with explicit per-application/per-session controls, and granular monitoring detects activities that can affect performance and security.

ZTNA Access Proxy’s built-in features provide advanced security and deep visibility into all users, applications, and devices to maintain an optimal user experience, even as networks adapt to changing user, application, and business demands. SD-WAN combined with ZTNA ensures consistent access policy enforcement across all edges to simplify and centralize management and monitoring and automate threat detection and response.

The combination of Secure SD-WAN and ZTNA in a single platform ensures that users and devices can only access the resources to which they are explicitly entitled, regardless of where they are deployed or the path through the extended network required to get there. to them. By applying this same strategy across all network segments, administrators can be sure that all connections are constantly secured, inspected, and monitored from end-to-end, ensuring consistent quality of experience and scalable protection even when the Users move between work environments.

  • Multicloud SD-WAN – An effective secure SD-WAN platform must natively integrate with security services from each of the major cloud providers. This enables IT teams to establish and maintain secure, high-performance connectivity to applications running on, and between,hybrid and multicloud networks by prioritizing critical application traffic and maintaining reliable connection resiliency to ensure consistent cloud on-ramp and optimal user experience. Deploying a single SD-WAN platform everywhere enables organizations to consolidate networking and connectivity functions across their distributed network, including orchestration, configuration, automation, and management. It also enables IT teams to finally establish consistent, centralized network security for broad visibility, consistent segmentation, and consistent enforcement across on-premises, branch, private cloud, and multi-cloud deployments.
  • AIOps and SD-WAN – Add AI Ops to a Secure SD-WAN platform enables administrators to monitor, manage, anticipate, and remediate Secure SD-WAN connections anywhere on the network. Automatic correlation and analysis of information extracted from the WAN, security, and LAN network layers identify problems faster, accelerate problem resolution, optimize network performance and resiliency, and maintain operational efficiency.

A secure SD-WAN platform plays a vital role in ongoing network transformation

Almost all digital acceleration addresses one problem: giving users and devices fast, accurate, reliable, and secure access to critical applications and resources. This is not new. It has been the driving force behind digital innovation since the first computers communicated with each other in 1969. But today, as networks continue to evolve and expand, most traditional networking and security strategies struggle to keep up. .

In this new environment, SD-WAN plays a critical role in helping organizations maintain visibility and control even as the network fragments into new, highly dynamic edges. Whether deployed on-premises, in the cloud, as a cloud-based service, or even integrated into other solutions, Secure SD-WAN being able to serve as a platform enables organizations to securely connect users, devices and networks to critical applications and resources, regardless of where they are deployed. Optimizing the user experience, consolidating features, and converging networking and security provide essential protection against today’s increasingly sophisticated and opportunistic threat landscape.

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