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Customers continue to shift to SD-WAN architectures so they can realize all the benefits that a WAN Edge solution can bring to their networks. The SD-WAN market is expected to surpass the branch router market this year. Globally, managed SD-WAN services are gaining traction while in North America organizations tend to take more of a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) approach to SD-WAN. At the same time, MPLS is slowly eroding in favor of Internet. Advanced SD-WAN techniques ensure quality of experience is achieved regardless of latency, jitter, or packet loss.
The big question that remains is “how should customers go about designing their networks based on application type, location, and security?” Most organizations run hundreds if not thousands of applications and these applications can reside anywhere. Some applications are consumed as a service (SaaS) such as Office 365. Some critical business applications are kept on-premise for different reasons. Some applications are migrating to the cloud or even born in the cloud.
Here are some fundamental questions that organizations should be asking themselves if interested in re-architecting their wide area network to help them decide on the appropriate SD-WAN solution:
If organizations had answers for all these questions before investing into an SD-WAN solution. This information would be tremendously beneficial to determine next steps organizations should take. For example, how much investment should be made into MPLS? Do investments in thin edge SD-WAN or WAN edge Secure SD-WAN make the most sense? Should there be investments in managed SD-WAN services or toward building in-house? And many more other questions. Fortinet enables organizations to answer all these questions before investing in an SD-WAN solution at no cost.
For organizations evaluating or in different stages in their SD-WAN deployment, Fortinet offers customers a Secure SD-WAN Assessment Report through the Cyber Threat Assessment Program (CTAP).
A Fortinet SD-WAN assessment provides rich information about your current network at no cost and with no impact to your production network to better understand:
At the end of the report you’ll receive recommendations on next steps to help you in evaluating your next SD-WAN solution and best approach for design and implementation.
With accurate analysis, you’ll be able to invest intelligently in an SD-WAN solution that can help you drive ROI while transforming and securing your WAN.
If you’re ready for a free SD-WAN assessment, you can start your journey by visiting here.
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