Cloud WAN virtualizes every network function and delivers it as a service, including core network functions such as packet steering and path selection. When your SD-WAN is delivered by the cloud, you can leverage your WAN architecture for branch office agility and better app performance. When the cloud is the network, you build and manage a secure WAN over any physical connectivity from any site, with all traditional network functions delivered as cloud services, and without the headache of complex hardware configurations for every site.
When rolling out a new location, network connectivity happens in a matter of minutes and cloud-based business and security policies are instantly enforced for the new location. The wide reach of the cloud WAN combined with zero-touch deployment, orchestrated from a single point, brings a new location online and fully functional in minutes without a truck roll or onsite IT personnel.
Branch office connectivity has never been simpler. Some locations may have MPLS, some may only have broadband, some have 4G LTE, some have all of these. With a cloud WAN, it doesn’t matter. Links are automatically detected and bandwidth—real-time throughput, not just a passive SLA—measured, monitored, and used by virtualized traffic steering services. Applications are instantly identified and their traffic parsed and steered in the most economical way according to one-click, centrally controlled, business and security policies.
Branch office applications, traditionally implemented locally to optimize the user experience, are now increasingly resident in the cloud or being replaced by more modern and efficient cloud-based applications. Branch office personnel must have high-performance access not only to data center applications, but also to SaaS applications. A traditional WAN requires the management of hundreds or thousands of individual branch office configurations; the cloud WAN requires only managing the aggregate services, applications, and security they need.
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VMware SD-WAN by VeloCloud provides bandwidth expansion as well as direct access to enterprise and cloud applications, and data. It also enables virtual services insertion in the cloud and on premises — while dramatically improving operational automation. VMware SD-WAN includes a distributed network of gateways, a cloud-based orchestrator and a branch platform, and VMware SD-WAN Edge.
Redmond modernizes stores with SD-WAN by VeloCloud to deliver high-quality unified communications.
“VeloCloud delivered a rich feature set and worked better than the other two solutions we tried. It’s so brilliantly designed that our proof of concept took only 30 minutes from the time we unwrapped the boxes. It didn’t take long to realize what a great solution it is.”
– Aaron Gabrielson, Senior Project Manager at Redmond