One of the biggest challenges that customers have always faced is that of integrating different telecommunication technologies or vendors in the same customer environment, with a view to getting the best characteristics from each technology.
Some days ago, I had the chance to go to the annual SD-WAN Summit, an event that has been held in Paris for the last 3 years. It is a great opportunity to learn about state-of-the-art solutions and share trends on wide-area network connectivity, since key industry players were present: manufacturers, carriers, analysts, researchers, and large companies with ambitious communication requirements. Attendance figures show that the event has quickly become the main meeting point to discuss SD-WAN technologies (i.e., more than 450 participants from 31 countries attended the 2017 edition).
Banking was one of the first sectors in need of telematically connecting its offices and cash machines with Central Services. The arrival of the first point-to-point lines made it possible. Thus, movements made in customer accounts were updated in real time in central computers. While today we take this for granted, it was a revolution at the time.
For more than a decade now, hardware virtualization technology, more commonly known as virtual machines, has been the technology on which the production systems we know and use today in our information society have been based, and has made – in the midst of an economic crisis – the evolution of Internet-connected software and services profitable and sustainable.
SD-WAN technology provides customers the capability to manage their own network without requiring managed services from the traditional service providers. However, so that the client can manage its own platform, a powerful tool has to be used, which manages and solves incidents.
What are the benefits of SD-WAN? You may have heard a lot about this network. Indeed, in our blog we have written various posts on SD-WAN from different perspectives, but I believe that at this moment in time it would be interesting to review the benefits that this network can bring a company or organization.