The right network for digitisation

The networking of company locations and the connection of individual sites to cloud services is becoming increasingly important. As a response, many organisations are increasingly depleting resources for traditional network operations. The evolution of the network towards SD-WAN is much cheaper and more effective: Critical data streams flow quickly and reliably, and your IT can prioritise critical applications at the touch of a button.

“Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” This much-quoted appeal to public spirit comes from former US President John F-Kennedy's first official speech. Although it may still make sense for the coexistence of human beings today, it is simply out of place when it comes to the use of technology. Nevertheless, companies have built, operated and managed their networks exactly according to this maxim for decades: It often seemed to be not about what the network can do for the company, but what the company must do for the network.

However, technology as an end in itself or as a hobby contradicts the entrepreneurial pursuit of economic efficiency. This is especially true for the basic technology areas that make modern working and digital business processes possible in the first place. They should be as efficient, efficient and reliable as possible – while requiring as little attention as possible.

No successful digitisation without SD-WAN

Today, the efficient and reliable networking of locations is indispensable. At the same time, it is a basic requirement, because the differentiation and positive development of one's own business do not take place in the “engine room”. Decision-makers should therefore ask themselves how they can get a powerful, reliable and flexible network that efficiently supports day-to-day business operations and makes innovation possible.

The answer is SD-WAN (Software Defined Wide Area Network). SD-WAN technology drives business innovation. It enables critical applications to be prioritised at the touch of a button – a real advantage in the operation of data-intensive applications, which, for example, means that video conferencing no longer lags or advertising data reaches the displays at the POS quickly and reliably.

SD-WAN ensures the confidentiality of the transmitted data by means of end-to-end encryption across all communication channels. At the same time, all sites, internet connections, and security policies can be centrally managed. Redundant communication channels can also ensure the high availability of up to 99.99 percent that MPLS networks are accustomed to.

In this way, all network traffic can be managed independently of the internet provider and the technology used. Companies can purchase SD-WAN as a cost-effective service and have direct connection to the cloud services used by the company from all locations.