Many network operators are now moving in the direction of full software-defined wide area networks (SD-WAN). Based on a virtualized foundation, SD-WAN simulates hardware such as servers, storage devices, routers, switches and firewalls in software. This enables them to be instantly reconfigured and all but eliminates the need for field maintenance or installation of new equipment.
SD-WAN also enhances cloud performance monitoring with better visibility into the network, allowing operators to pinpoint a slowdown at the level of a device such as a Wi-Fi router. And because the network is virtualized in software, the resolution to common issues can be automated.
SD-WAN also permits customers to connect to multiple cloud service providers easily and securely. New services can be created much more quickly, enabling more innovation and greater responsiveness when something unexpected happens.
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