Gain Speed and Agility with SD-WAN

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In today’s business climate, speed is the name of the game. Organizations that can get to market first and serve customers faster gain competitive advantages. That’s why small to midsize businesses (SMBs) often have the edge over larger firms. They’re leaner and more agile, able to make decisions faster and change course rapidly.

The right technology tools can help. For example, the cloud enables SMBs to spin up new applications quickly with no capital investments and limited risk. Those applications can be accessed by employees in branch locations and home-based offices virtually anywhere in the world.

The traditional WAN used to be a bottleneck. It would take weeks or even months to provision telco circuits with the bandwidth and quality of service to support business communications and remote site connectivity. Today, the right SD-WAN technology makes it fast and simple.

With InSpeed Networks, you can deploy SD-WAN on your existing infrastructure. No waiting for circuits. No configuring devices or defining policies. Our cloud-based solution provides zero-touch remote provisioning and automatically adjusts to changing business requirements. Want to take it for a spin? Fasten your seat belt and give us a call: (650) 597 6430.

 

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Does Your SD-WAN Support IP Telephony? Shouldn’t It?

dowload a printable PDF of this articleIn June, Gartner issued a report entitled “SD-WAN is Causing Disruption in the Enterprise WAN Edge.” The report notes strong adoption of SD-WAN solutions, and predicts 57 percent annual growth through 2020. According to Gartner analysts, organizations are migrating to SD-WAN to better support today’s Internet access models while simplifying the WAN stack in branch locations.

That’s all well and good, but there seems to be a lot of confusion in the SD-WAN market. Many hardware vendors have introduced SD-WAN products with varying features and pricing models, which makes it hard for organizations to select the best solution for their needs. But Gartner notes one commonality across all of these options: they don’t support functions such as IP telephony.

Obviously, Gartner wasn’t talking about InSpeed.

InSpeed is the only SD-WAN solution that was built from the ground up for business communications. We prioritize voice, video conferencing and other interactive applications to ensure a high-quality user experience over any Internet connection. Sure, we provide intelligent routing, WAN optimization and security features, just like those other products. But voice is our focus, and you’ll hear it with every call.

Get in touch to to learn more about the benefits of SD-WAN—and get a free trial of InSpeed Quality Service.

The Critical Role of the WAN in Business Continuity

The Stability of Your WAN Is Mission Critical


dowload a printable PDF of this articleWhen developing their business continuity (BC) plans, organizations should consider the potential for WAN disruption. After all, the WAN is needed to support IP phone systems, video conferencing and access to cloud applications. It interconnects multiple locations so they can communicate and share data. It’s mission critical.

The WAN is also fragile. Natural disasters—such as the hurricanes that struck Texas and Florida—can knock out connectivity. So can a backhoe or downed telephone pole. And it may take the service provider days or weeks to repair the damage.

Redundancy and Your Network

The key word in BC planning is “redundancy.” If you have N+1 redundancy, you have a backup for each component in a system. For critical systems, you may need N+2 or even greater redundancy.

In the WAN context, that means more than one Internet connection. Or, depending on your needs and the services that are available, an Internet connection plus a telco circuit, cellular service or satellite link.

You’ll also want InSpeed’s SD-WAN solution. InSpeed doesn’t require multiple Internet connections but can use them to create a more reliable WAN, intelligently routing traffic over the best available service. Your business won’t miss a beat. Find out more from one of our SD-WAN professionals.