3 key benefits of a managed SD-WAN solution

How handing off your SD-WAN can save you more than just a headache

by Rupesh Chokshi

The advancement of cellular technology is driving the need for frequent changes in hardware. For many business IT departments, the goal posts are always shifting. It’s a constant struggle against aging devices, rapid innovation cycles, and emerging tech trends.

In this ever-changing environment, many businesses use Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) to give their IT teams control and flexibility. But, building an SD-WAN architecture has its own challenges. With the rapidly changing pace of today’s digital world and the large-scale migration to the cloud, businesses are rethinking SD-WAN as a DIY solution. Many are seeking third-party, managed SD-WAN service providers.

But which is right for your business? Should you invest in creating your own SD-WAN network? Or should you rely on a provider for a complete, managed solution? There are a variety of factors businesses need to consider when answering. It all boils down to this: Do you have the time and resources to build a custom path to digital transformation? Or would you be better off using an experienced managed SD-WAN service provider?

For many, it’s the latter. In fact, a recent survey of IT decision makers conducted by Frost & Sullivan indicated 54% of surveyed IT professionals prefer a fully managed SD-WAN service. Even massive organizations can be overwhelmed by a home-brewed SD-WAN solution. The key benefits of a managed SD-WAN solution can help businesses of all sizes.

3 key benefits of a managed SD-WAN solution 

  1. Less headache, less time, and less complexity
    • The main draw of a managed SD-WAN solution is that it removes the burden of, well, managing your SD-WAN. You don’t have to spend time and money on training personnel. You don’t have to analyze your applications, connectivity and security requirements and devise, configure and deploy your SD-WAN solution. And you don’t have to perform routine maintenance or troubleshooting. In addition, using a managed service can often cut weeks off the time it takes to get your system up and running. Providers that bring together disparate operations and management systems can take a considerable weight off the shoulders of your company. 
  2. Holistic approaches – built-in capabilities
    • Typically, businesses aren’t looking for just an SD-WAN solution. They want to build virtual functions using SD-WAN as the foundation. That means, for the DIY approach, there is a whole web of moving parts. These must all be worked out, vetted, and implemented in-house. A managed solution from a provider gives the business the opportunity to get these functions handled to meet your unique requirements.

      For example, it’s better to deploy SD-WAN and virtual security together. This allows network administrators to deploy security on the go for direct internet breakout to cloud-based applications. Or an SD-WAN solution coupled with the provider’s integrated cloud services helps provide compatibility for cloud-based operations. You can offer a future-ready approach by working with a managed service provider that supports the spectrum of network functions.
  3. Performance assurance and support
    • Sometimes it is easiest to leave things in the hands of the experts. A team completely dedicated toward building and managing SD-WAN will be more capable than an internal IT team stretched thin across other projects. A DIY solution relies on public internet, which can diminish the performance of your applications and collaboration tools. However, a managed solution can give you consistent, highly secure performance across virtually all your locations. More than that, many providers maintain 24/7 tech support and troubleshooting, so that problems that arise can be dealt with promptly. 

Finding the right provider for your business

If the benefits of a managed SD-WAN solution align with the goals of your business, then the time to find the right provider is now. As the world of networking evolves and gets more complex, we strive to be a trusted advisor that delivers managed solutions with simplicity, expertise, and collaboration.

For more information on how a managed SD-WAN solution can benefit your business, download the Frost and Sullivan report “Fast-Track Your Digital Transformation Journey with Managed SD-WAN.”