The business case for SD-WAN is simple: Leverage Internet broadband connectivity for general connectivity to public cloud applications and reserve private network connectivity for security or privately hosted business-critical applications.
There are a number of critical challenges to meeting this goal:
- It requires routers to become application aware to route the traffic appropriately, and it may dictate changes to routing and QoS methods;
- The technology used by service providers for broadband and MPLS differs widely, and many customers want to implement broadband from two service providers to improve resiliency and failover;
- Upgrading the OS/firmware on each device may be necessary to enable the latest functionality required for SD-WAN, and companies have been reluctant to do so as it can potentially break network functionality or existing network configuration scripts
- Any changes going forward require sophisticated feature change orchestration in concert over a larger number of network devices to maintain a well performing, consistent network
Anticipating these operational changes and providing simple tools for network operators is paramount for the success of such a solution in daily operations.
Gluware’s SD-WAN solution provide the ability to convert an existing WAN to an SD-WAN network leveraging existing devices. It is based on Cisco validated designs but allows specific customization for each router as needed. Even if some devices retain an older firmware, Gluware will automatically adapt and communicate with the device using older commands and syntax.
Once the SD-WAN configuration has been designed, Gluware provides Guided workflows for network engineers and operators to lifecycle manage devices and provide the simplest possible solution for everyday tasks to network operators. These workflows are designed for maximum simplicity and can be customized by Gluware to match specific customer requirements.