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When we think awesome in today's world many things can come to mind.  But when it comes to new and game changing technologies, I think of Software Defined Networking or SDN.  You may have also heard of SD-WAN or Software Defined Wide Area Networks. Why is SDN so game changing?  Good question. Below are my 5 reasons:

  1. MPLS's little helper:  As we all know MPLS (Multi Protocol Label Switching) is a very reliable way to connect multiple offices together.  But lets face it...those connects ain't cheap.  With average prices starting around $400 for a 1.5 meg connection.  A SDN solution can take your existing Internet connections and route traffic intelligently over those.  Eliminating the need for MPLS.
  2. Vision into your network:  Who is doing what on your network at any given time?  I dunno.  But with an SDN solution you can have full visibility into your network.  Is weird Larry watching, "How to shear your sheep" videos when he is supposed to be working?  More importantly is that video slowing down your network and keeping an important process from happening?  Well with the right SDN solution you would know that.  Plus they have really cool interfaces to be able to quickly see everything.  No...not Larry shearing sheep.
  3. Control over your network:  Remember Larry?  Well not only can see what he is doing but you can actually do something about it.  You have the power.  With the right SDN solution you have the ability to not only control what applications can be used on your network but how much access they get.  What percent of your network do you want Netflix to have...5%, 10%?  You decide.
  4. Save Money:  You knew this was coming at some point.  So yeah, you can save money, or at the very least get the most out of the money you are spending already.  Some of the better SDN solutions will aggregate your bandwidth.   What the heck does that mean?  Well, lets say you have a 100 down 25 up coax connection and a 3 meg bonded T connection.  The SDN solution can actually route your traffic over both connections....at the same time.  This can be set by application.  So when you run a speed test instead of getting 100 Meg down you get 103 down and 28 up.  Plus, if a connection does flak out you won't care.  Because your sending your traffic over both connections at the same time.
  5. VOIP Baby:  Does your current phone solution use the Internet to talk to your customers?  Well if it does and you don't have a SDN in place you are putting your customer interaction in danger.  Packet Loss, Jitter and Latency.  These are the main reasons your calls sometime drop, blip and dead space.  By having multiple connections and using the right SDN solution you can head these bad guys off at the pass.  Don't all your calls deserve the best chance at being clear and consistent?  The answer is yes.

That's 5 right?  Yep that's it.  All she wrote.  Actually, all he wrote.  Anyway, thank you for taking the time to learn more about WHY SDN.  Now do something about it.  Let us know if you want to learn more, cause we wanna share more!  Click here to learn more.