Cloud has transformed businessand its network. It has changed the measures for employee productivity,security threats and protecting IP as well as how businesses engage withcustomers. Customer expectations from businesses has also changed. This hasbeen fueled by the rapid evolution of technology complemented by plummetingcost of cloud technology and rapid evolutionIn the last 40 years ourunderstanding of what is a critical network for business has changed from atelephone network to SD-WAN.
And expectations from a business network willcontinue to evolve: With the digital transformation, accelerating cloud adoption,proliferation of smart devices, and the increasing security threats thetraditional way of building a business network and connecting branch offices hasbecome increasingly irrelevant. MPLS is expensive, takes effort and time to configureand deploy. Expensive limited bandwidth forces inefficient utilization ofmodern cloud technologies or overprovisioning and inefficient usage ofbandwidth. SD-WAN solves this problem by enabling businesses to use the righttransport vehicle for the right application by understanding application level requirementsand mashing them with available data transport options like broadband or MPLS. The routing protocols that enable movement of traffic across IP networksunfortunately cannot ensure an application’s performance.
Latency, packet lossfor example, impacts application performance. Coupled with application orworkload specific security requirement, regulatory requirement, and thenetworks ability assess the risk at an application level and then provide theright coverage. SD-WAN provides the software abstraction to create a network overlay anddecouple network software services from the underlying hardware. It creates avirtual overlay and secure IP-Sec VPN tunnel that is transport agnostic.
Itabstracts underlying private or public WAN connections, like MPLS/Internet broadband/Fiber/Wirelessor LTE. Businesses can keep their existing WAN links, while overlay SD-WAN usesthe multiple tunnels to optimize bandwidth by directing WAN traffic along thebest route to and from branch offices and data center sites. Traffic routingand path selection are not done at the IP layer, but by SD-WAN based on definedpolicies. SD-WAN technology centralizes network control and enables agile,real-time traffic management over these links.
Think about it, the digital transformation (Cloud services),changing customer expectations (Social and mobile only), smart devices, BYOD anddigital first business models (Uber, Ola, Oyo Rooms) has brutally killed thetraditional mindset and will render traditional WAN obsolete. Spectra gives you scalable & secure interconnectivitywith simplified central administration. You get more control and visibility ofyour network environment. Key components of the Spectra solution are:ManagedRouter(MR): Spectra Managed Router, brings together a range of differentaccess technologies (MPLS, Internet Line etc.) as your WAN. By securely routingapplication traffic along the best available path, networks can be tuned forpeak performance meeting business priorities with more efficiency andcost-effectively.
A Managed Router in addition, consolidates routers, firewallsand other routing equipment into a single device.Managed Security: Spectra Managed Security is a solution whichcombines the functionality of a Managed Router along with features of anindustry grade firewall solution. All features software driven and installed onthe same MR box. Basis business requirement Spectra can provide Next GenerationFirewall (NGFW) and Unified Threat Management (UTM).Managed SD-WAN: Spectra SD-WAN is managed by a centralizedcontroller which is deployed at the Spectra Data center. The software enablesIT staff to remotely program edge devices and reduce provisioning times,minimize or eliminate the need to manually configure traditional routers inbranch locations. Spectra SD-WAN solution can be deployed in Hub-Spoke, Mesh orFull-Mesh architecture.
As part of Managed SD-WAN Spectra provides the MRequipment at Hub and branch locations for your business to handle multipletransport links. Digital India, Start-up India are initiatives pushed by thegovernment. In these times, your business does not have a choice, you musttransform digitally. In the 1995 to 2016period, there were only 153 Fortune 500 firms in 1995 that survived to beincluded in the list in 2016. That 70% of companies in the fortune 500 list 20years ago – gone. To secure, protect and grow your business, you must adoptSD-WAN.
There is no other choice to survive, compete and thrive.