Managed SD-WAN Solutions
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?
How does SD-WAN work?
What is SD-WAN Used For and Why It’s Important?
How SD-WAN Solves Today’s IT Challenges
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
Flexibility to leverage any available Internet access regardless of service provider.
Option to “bring your own bandwidth” allows for national off-net connectivity.
We provide QoS over any network — no “best effort” here.
MPLS traffic encrypted with VPN access to our MPLS network
Dynamic edge-to edge communication via IPSec VPN connectivity.
Application Aware/Smart QoS
Customized prioritization of key application data traffic.
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.
5G / 4G LTE Connectivity & Continuity
5G / 4G LTE as primary, secondary and redundant options to reduce or eliminate the need for wireline connectivity.
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.
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How to Choose an SD-WAN Provider
Is SD-WAN a software or a 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 it a managed solution?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 5G / 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.
Do TPx solutions 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?It depends. Some SD-WAN solutions require an upfront spend – a capital expenditure – on software licenses and hardware. Other solutions would be classified as operational expenditures. For example, 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 your 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.
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.