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SD WAN - An Overview

Software-defined WAN over Satellite

SD WAN can be used with satellite services allowing organizations to connect internationally and enjoy the benefits of the technology.  This is important for many countries with poor communication infrastructure, to improve their connectivity. If you have ever suffered regular lost connections due to brown out or other outages, you can see the advantages of such a system.
All leading technologies such as MPLS, cable and DSL are easily incorporated and users can enjoy secure end-to-end connectivity.

All the advantages of SD WAN without extra hardware.

Looking under the hood, SD WAN handles packet loss, TCP acceleration and many of the other advantages normally associated with MPLS. This results in quality service over VSAT connections within organizations, data centers and for those offering cloud services

Transition

For those considering transitioning to SD WAN there are standard steps to take in order to reach a seamless solution.
One starting point could be by setting up plans to re-use existing equipment and then to move on to upgrading non-critical applications.

Existing IPs can be upgraded and still give full control to the system operator.

Other advantages of using SD WAN with your satellite connectivity are:
Avoidance of MPLS costs
Ability to Change branch locations as your company evolves and grows.
Ability to add physical connections including MPLS and LTE etc.

Many new service providers are launching solutions to merge SD WAN connectivity with satellites. One of the many advantages is that any locations on or offshore can gain from all the improved connectivity, security, and overall management.
Performance advantages can be maintained even when bandwidths are as high as 90%.

Africa is a continent of particular interest, where these new technologies can be taken up and put to use. They can bypass some of the more expensive traditional network connectivity solutions and, because of this, offer a much faster return on investment.

Some typical sectors that is new technology can be put into effect are:

  • Video conferencing
  • e-Learning
  • e-Health
  • Office connections

Gilate, an Israeli company, used the Amos-17 satellite launch for their new satellite-based service.
They remind potential buyers that existing equipment can be used in a new setup. And because SD WAN can use their own existing equipment, those companies can help in the configuration and reduce their costs substantially.

Television production and SD WAN
Many TV and cinematic productions are shot across the globe, and in countries with poor connectivity and infrastructure.
Television producers need secure and reliable IP connections.
This is where SD WAN offers a solution.
It helps reduce the cost of expensive hardware and offers a far higher degree of security.
It also offers 1 screen top level administration

Often, in many countries where television filming is taking place,  MPLS, the leading standard, is just not available or takes too long to set up.
Because SD WAN supports mixed networks, it

Software-defined WAN over Satellite

SD WAN can be used with satellite services allowing organizations to connect internationally and enjoy the benefits of the technology.  This is important for many countries with poor communication infrastructure, to improve their connectivity. If you have ever suffered regularly lost connections due to brown out or other outages, you can see the advantages of such a system.
All leading technologies such as MPLS, cable and DSL are easily incorporated and users can enjoy secure end-to-end connectivity.

All the advantages of SD WAN without extra hardware.

Looking under the hood, SD WAN handles packet loss, TCP acceleration, and many of the other advantages normally associated with MPLS. This results in quality service over VSAT connections within organizations, data centers, and for those offering cloud services

Often, in many countries where television filming is taking place,  MPLS, the leading standard, is just not available or takes too long to set up.
Because SD WAN supports mixed networks, it offers far more control of costs, by matching up the most efficient use of connectivity.