Branch Routers: A Thing of the Past?

With the mass adoption of cloud applications, services, and resources, routers and their architectures can't adequately address enterprise deployments. Software-defined wide area networking, virtual CPE, virtual network functions, and pervasive cloud services are creating the most reliable, effective, and secure enterprise branch offices.

Still Using Branch Routers? It's Time to Reconsider.

Branch Router Limitations

No Brownout Protection

Traffic fails over or is moved to an alternative path, but lacks sub-second proactive steering to avoid loss of connections, flows, calls and sessions.

Costly and Unscalable

CapEx-centric hardware, site-by-site management, and MPLS dependence add up the costs. Expanding the network to new sites or adding new services is a lengthy and time-consuming process.

Complex Installation

Branch routers are difficult to install, upgrade, and maintain, requiring highly trained and skilled technicians to service them. Retaining talent to make adjustments per site is both costly and difficult to manage.

Multi-Source Inbound QoS

QoS measurement is reported by transport channel and by method of communication, but cannot actively regulate traffic before congestion becomes an issue.

VMware SD-WAN by VeloCloud Replaces the Branch Router

Routing Functionality

Selecting the most appropriate path based on link health and business policies is dynamic using VMware Dynamic Multi-Path Optimization.

OpEx Model

Eliminate high-cost hardware and capital expenses by shifting to a SaaS model that allows you to re-invest IT budget in revenue-generating activities.

Security and Scalability

The intelligence of SD-WAN and an ecosystem of cloud security providers protect your data, your business, and your network. Securely scale to tens of thousands of branches and cloud services without costly "truck rolls."

Ease of Management

Enable new services or update network policies regionally or worldwide with a simple click (no CLI) in the SD-WAN Orchestrator and propagate changes throughout the entire network immediately. Eliminate the need to configure or manage each individually.


VMware SD-WAN by VeloCloud

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 Edges.

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