In the SD-WAN space that’s not an easy task, as customers now have a huge range of different options to choose from.
So, what do the different products offer, what are the challenges associated with them and which customers do they best suit? Our partnership with Cisco gives us a view of new developments on the horizon and enables us to develop innovative services to meet evolving customer needs. Some of this innovation you’ll see reach the market over the coming months.
Networking expert, Anne-Galle Santos, explains:
SD-WAN technology is developing at an ever-increasing pace. Already there’s a wide range of solutions for customers to choose from. One of the first decisions is around hardware. Here are some of the choices and who they might be best suited to;
With so many great options, it can be a challenge finding the best fit for what customers want both today and tomorrow. It’s always important to have one eye on the future and understand how the network needs to evolve alongside the organisation. That’s where BT can work with customers to make sure the services and solution are future proofed.
With a bird’s eye view of the Cisco roadmap, we know what’s coming to market in the next 12 to 18 months and can therefore align our recommendations with the solutions we know will be available. Plus, we’ve got a wealth of experience in matching networking technology to customer need and can provide recommendations based on how other organisations have evolved and how their needs have changed.
While we’re pushing the boundaries to ensure that we offer clients the best possible networking fit, there are, of course, challenges accompanying the latest technological developments. Put simply, moving from hardware to software means more risk. The security landscape for cloud networking is completely different and far more complex than traditional networking hardware.
Luckily, this is something we work to mitigate long before the latest technologies are passed on to the customer. We validate the software for a number of things, including:
All of these checks help to take the risk out of any technology we pass onto the customer. Plus, we make sure that throughout the lifetime of the contract, we perform in-life management on any software we deploy. So, we’ll manage any of the potential entries for new security risks that an SD-WAN introduces. For example via public network, public cloud capability, new devices and new software introductions, all can be dealt with by us to keep our customers secure.
What’s more, all these great solutions, and BT’s support, are already available all around the world. Regardless of the country and networking option a customer chooses, BT’s deployments are repeatable globally, so you’ll always receive the same high standard.
Find out we can help you deploy your SD-WAN.