What is SD-WAN?
SD-WAN is a software-defined wide area network architecture that enables organisations to modernise their traditional WAN networks to meet the growing needs of digital evolution. With SD-WAN solutions, organisations gain high-performance networking capabilities that support digital transformation initiatives to simplify operations and enhance business agility.
Why move to SD-WAN?
Distributed organisations with multiple remote offices are switching from performance-inhibited WANs to SD-WAN architectures in order to optimise performance and maximise flexibility. SD-WAN offers business application steering, cost savings, and high-performance for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications and unified communication services.
Which SD-WAN solution should you choose?
The SD-WAN market is rapidly growing with vendors eager to capitalise on the latest networking innovation. It can be difficult to navigate this complex landscape and choose the right vendor that meets the high-performance capabilities of your unique business.
Modern SD-WAN solutions not only need to offer uninterrupted performance but must also be reinforced with features to secure distributed networks from advanced cyber attacks. This is why 72% of executives surveyed in a recent Gartner report about SD-WAN concerns stated that securing their SD-WAN deployment was their top concern.
Factors to consider when selecting an SD-WAN solution
- Product Maturity; How well established is the vendor in terms of networking and security capabilities, and how long has their SD-WAN solution been on the market? A greener vendor may lack experience and important third-party tests.
- Security; Does this SD-WAN solution come with security and networking capabilities built-in? If not, this puts your organisation at risk and can create networking complexity by having to add an additional security solution to the network.
- Cost; Compare the cost savings for each solution. Additionally, if an SD-WAN solution lacks security, an additional cybersecurity product will ratchet up costs.
- Infrastructure Integrations; How well does this SD-WAN solution integrate with the rest of your network architecture? Look for a security fabric-based solution that seamlessly integrates with other products across the network for real-time communication and threat intelligence
Why FortiGate Secure SD-WAN?
FortiGate Secure SD-WAN delivers built-in security plus high-speed networking capabilities, ensuring organisations gain the cloud application access and performance they need along with industry-leading protection that does not compromise speed. The Fortinet Secure SD-WAN solution has been tested and validated by NSS Labs for high-performance, security, and low TCO. Fortinet’s proven ability as a security and networking leader makes it a clear choice for a complete SD-WAN solution.