CTG provides customers with comprehensive managed IT solutions designed to give your business the efficiency and scalability you need to grow. The managed solutions we provide take the stress off of your IT department and let them focus on more important strategic initiatives.
What is SD-WAN?
SD-WAN stands for Software Defined Wide Area Networking. It’s a combination of Software Defined Networking (SDN), which was created for use in cloud datacenters, and Wide Area Networking (WAN) which is the network outside of your office (e.g. the Internet, or site-to-site networks like MPLS) It simplifies enterprise connectivity to remote locations and branch offices, providing needed flexibility, centralized control and monitoring, and reducing WAN costs.
Most applications and services are being consumed in the cloud, such as Salesforce, Azure/AWS, Hosted Voice, Contact Centers, Office 365, etc. It is much more efficient to route traffic from each location directly to the Internet to consume these services rather than have a MPLS network where you have to go back to a central site, then hit the Internet.
How to Execute Your SD-WAN
If not done well, the transition can be painful. For that reason, it is important to plan and execute the whole migration process properly, in order to benefit from the SD-WAN advantages, such as cost reduction, better performance, and increased security. Corporate Technologies Group knows SD WAN and can help you migrate to this solution by doing any of the three options below:
Step Out (Most Common Migration to SD WAN Solution)
You need to start by prioritizing your remote sites and figure out how crucial they are for your whole operation. Then you can start migrating with the sites that are less crucial, this way allows your provider and your technicians to solve any problems if they appear and be better prepared once they set out to incorporate more crucial sites into the system. Once less crucial sites are up and running, you can move important tasks to these sites, while your primary locations are going through migration. This way, your operation does not have to cease at any point.
The flexibility of SDWAN is what draws most enterprises. Therefore, it is a big benefit that you should consider taking advantage of is being able to efficiently utilize both public and private network services. This will bring you reduced WAN costs, simplified management of traffic and devices, better security, and improved visibility. Moreover, a Hybrid SDWAN will allow traffic to flow seamlessly between different links without loss in quality. If one line experiences jitter, latency, or packet loss, another line can take over and meet the agreed SLA.
Rip & Replace
Leased MPLS lines can be quite expensive. Some sites are more crucial than others, so you may have 2 MPLS lines to prevent jitter and packet loss. When transitioning to SD-WAN, if there is a remote site that is not so high on your critical list, you should consider replacing those MPLS lines with cheaper options. A SD-WAN based solution and a couple of cheap broadband links will give you an equal amount of security but will decrease cost by a large margin. However, another thing to consider here is that broadband options vary from site to site and that in some places the option of multiple carriers does not exist.
Your business shouldn’t have to choose between network security and technology infrastructure. CTG offers both premise and cloud-based firewall protection that ensures you are protected against network attacks and threats without compromising your network’s performance. We provide firewall solutions that deliver unparalleled security effectiveness.
This protection extends across your entire business network, saving you time and money all within one intuitive firewall system. With CTG,we can help you evaluate which type of firewall is best for your company. CTG firewall solutions allows our clients to monitor usage patterns and immediately identify security threats, ensuring that you always know what’s happening with your network.
Do you have a variety of users on your network that require different levels of access and security based on their role or status in your organization? Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) from CTG allows you to run user desktops inside a virtual machine that lives on a server on site or in a data center. This allows for fully personalized desktops for each user depending on their role in your company, but with a simplified and secure centralized management.
The VDI solution from CTG enables organizations to centrally manage the desktops you support, ensuring that all security software and patches are up to date. And since all the data is stored on a server in a secure data center, a stolen or misplaced laptop doesn’t pose any risk to your data. VDI also gives your end-users mobility and the freedom to access virtual desktops anytime, from anywhere, on any device. Rather than fighting with employees who want to use their own laptops or tablets, the BYOD dilemma is solved with the Anywhere/Anytime access that VDI allows.
Infrastructure-as-a-Service solutions from CTG allow you to stop worrying about your IT infrastructure and hardware and focus your time on more important things like running your business. IaaS is a cost-effective, scalable way to reduce the burden on your IT team and easily manage your IT hardware needs. Our cloud experts work with you to create an IaaS solution that reduces infrastructure costs while providing scalability and agility. In doing so, we help our customers improve network uptime, ensure adequate disaster recovery and business continuity options and enjoy the highest levels of security and compliance.
Not sure where to start? Contact us today and we can work to find the best solution for your business.