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Managed SD-WAN Solutions

Experience the difference of TPx’s leading-edge SD-WAN capability. You can count on guaranteed performance that creates seamless enterprise connectedness all within the cloud.

Working with leading SD-WAN solutions like VMWare, our team of experts can create and manage deployments that power your business.

Security and QoS over any connection with Managed SD-WAN

WAN management is a complex process. While an SD-WAN can simplify hybrid WAN deployments, it involves deploying and managing network services for a variety of applications, distributed in different IT environments and across geographic locations. A do-it-yourself SD-WAN can be daunting when it involves multiple transport and access providers.

What is SD-WAN?

SD-WAN is a software-defined approach to configuring and managing wide-area networks (WANs). It dynamically utilizes multiple available connections (MPLS, Fiber, DSL, Cable, 4G, etc.) to find the optimal delivery path for traffic across the entire network. It shapes the bandwidth as needed to eliminate jitter and dropped data packets, thereby more efficiently and cost effectively transmitting media (data, video, voice) and quickly accessing cloud applications from every location in the network.

How does SD-WAN work?

SD-WAN technology leverages software running in the cloud and a centralized control function that directs traffic across the WAN. A distributed network of SD-WAN edge devices and gateways deployed throughout the network provides optimized data paths to all applications, branches, datacenters and the cloud. Managed Services Router provides secure optimized connectivity to private, public and hybrid applications, computing and virtualized services. Centralized installation, configuration and monitoring software orchestrates the data flow through the cloud network based on the desired routing policies. Transport-independent performance leverages economical bandwidth and enables Internet as enterprise-grade WAN with improved cloud app performance.

What is SD-WAN Used For and Why It’s Important?

SD-WAN solutions deliver guaranteed performance over the cloud without headaches like multiple provider footprints, complex routing, skyrocketing expense, and connectivity or redundancy limitations. It simplifies the management and operation of the network connections between different sites in an organization and enables improved application performance, resulting in enhanced user experience, increased business productivity, and reduced costs for IT. According to Gartner, SD-WAN deployment is 2.5 times less expensive than traditional WAN architectures.
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How SD-WAN Solves Today’s IT Challenges

Many enterprises have complex infrastructure at their branch offices, which is expensive to buy and maintain and complex to manage. With SD-WAN, companies can solve the challenges of expensive bandwidth, branch complexity, and rigid architecture.
Because SD-WAN is software based, it can quickly adapt to changing needs.
Compared to a traditional WAN deployment, SD-WAN enables companies to deploy their wide area networks 100 times faster with 3 times the cost-savings!

SD-WAN allows for various deployment options including completely cloud- or software-based, hardware based, or a hybrid (cloud/ software and hardware). Thanks to its central monitoring and management orchestrator, there is no need for a specialized technician to facilitate installation. A centrally located orchestrator also helps monitor all activity and enables remote issue remediation.

SD-WAN offers a powerful solution to optimize access to cloud resources, as well as global access to SaaS. Utilizing broadband links, SD-WAN enables branches to connect dynamically to locations, providing direct access to the closest required cloud resource, and thereby avoiding unnecessary backhauling of traffic to the data center, which increases latency and negatively impacts the user experience.

Managed SD-WAN Features and Benefits

Any Network

Flexibility to leverage any available Internet access regardless of service provider.

Nationwide Availability

Option to “bring your own bandwidth” allows for national off-net connectivity.

Quality Performance

We provide QoS over any network — no “best effort” here.

Secure Connectivity

MPLS traffic encrypted with VPN access to our MPLS network

Cloud VPN

Dynamic edge-to edge communication via IPSec VPN connectivity.

Application Aware/Smart QoS

Customized prioritization of key application data traffic.

WAN Optimization

Forward Error Correction (FEC) improves circuit performance, reducing jitter and packet loss.

UCx/SIP Over the Top (OTT)

Get our Unified Communications (UCx) and SIP voice solutions coast-to-coast, anywhere there’s a broadband connection. All voice traffic has a high priority policy so that it doesn’t compete with public Internet traffic.

Flexible Continuity Options

In the event of an unplanned circuit outage, failover is bi-directional; both circuits back each other up — you can also add a third circuit option for ultra-reliability.

Multi-Circuit Connectivity & Continuity

Use transport provided by TPx or your local Internet provider to securely and seamlessly failover to any or all of our core services — MPLS, SmartVoice, Internet and UCx. All connections (2 or 3), regardless of who provides them can be active/active mode.

4G LTE Connectivity & Continuity

4G LTE as primary, secondary and redundant options to reduce or eliminate the need for wireline connectivity.

Inbound Failover

Public IPs are assigned between the TPx core network and the SD-WAN Gateway. These support inbound Internet failover for Remote Users/VPN and Web Servers.

Get in touch with one of our SD-WAN experts to learn more

How to Choose an SD-WAN Provider

When shopping for an SD-WAN provider, make sure you understand the potential differences among solutions. Here are a few key questions you should ask, keeping your applications, staff capabilities and organizational preferences in mind:

Is It Software or Service?

At the highest level, there are two primary approaches to deploying SD-WAN. The first is to buy a software platform and implement it in your network environment. The second is to subscribe to a service-based solution, wherein the SD-WAN platform is delivered as a service by a managed service provider like TPx.

Is the Solution Managed?

A managed service provider typically offers engineering support for the initial SD-WAN deployment as well as ongoing monitoring and management. Some – like TPx – may even manage third-party network providers. In an unmanaged scenario, your organization deploys and manages its own SD-WAN technology and deals with phone-based carrier support.

Does SD-WAN Support Over the Top (OTT) Deployments?

Many SD-WAN providers require at least one of their own network circuits to be used in the SD-WAN solution; others, like TPx, will deploy their SD-WAN solution on top of any Internet connection regardless of the provider.

What Network Continuity Options are Available?

Some SD-WAN providers offer continuity for Internet only or their own provided circuits. TPx provides active/active/active continuity for Internet, MPLS, Customer Provided circuit, all in active/active mode so you can utilize the bandwidth you’ve paid for. Additionally, TPx offers cost-effective 4G LTE.

Is SD-WAN Compatible with MPLS-Based VPNs?

Some SD-WAN providers offer solutions that do not integrate with firewalls and thus are incompatible with MPLS-based VPNs. Other SD-WAN providers, like TPx, incorporate security (e.g., firewall, IPsec, encryption, etc.) and can enable a hybrid WAN by extending your MPLS VPN to remote locations over low-cost, high-bandwidth Internet connections.

Does the Solution Support WAN Optimization?

Some platforms support WAN optimization natively, while others either don’t support it or require third-party integrations. TPx offers link aggregation, TCP optimization, forward error correction (FEC) and other optimization features that are critical to supporting real-time application performance.

Is SD-WAN a Capital or Operational IT Expenditure?

Some SD-WAN solutions require an upfront spend on software licenses and hardware. TPx offers a subscription-based service, with an easy upgrade path to any of its MSx Managed SD-WAN solutions once the Managed Service Router is installed on premises.

How Experienced are the SD-WAN Engineering and Support Teams?

Some providers are new to the SD-WAN game, but not TPx. TPx has been working closely with SD-WAN vendors – not their sales teams, but their engineers and developers – for more than five years.

Armed with these questions, you can align your company’s objectives with the SD-WAN capabilities of a provider like TPx to improve the performance and cost-efficiency of your network.

What to Consider When Moving to SD-WAN

There are many things to consider before migrating to SD-WAN. We advise to start with a detailed network diagram that specifies your locations, connections, and applications that use your network. Consider any unique services, bandwidth or traffic requirements any of your locations needs. Then think of the future – your plans for growth and application use as well as security and geographical needs. You also want to consider to what degree you want to manage the SD-WAN solution. You will then need to think of the roll out – whether you prefer to roll out in phases or all at once, where you want the orchestrator to be located, and how the migration will impact your staff.

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