HybrIT’s experience with software-defined networking for WAN connections such as broadband internet, 4G, LTE, or MPLS is extensive. We are experts at connecting enterprise networks, including data centres, over large geographic distance.
Many organisations that are in the midst of digital transformation (DX) initiatives are seeking to replace their outdated wide-area network (WAN) infrastructures.
As the use of business-critical, cloud-based applications and tools continue to rise, organisations with multiple offices are switching from performance-inhibited wide-area networks (WANs) to software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) architectures. The high cost and complexities of reliable wide-area connectivity over traditional carrier-based networks is driving most decision makers towards some form of software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN).
I’m sure your business, like many, reach a point in time where you current WAN solution is due for a renewal, at which point you go to market to initially start to compare costs, then explore further benefits of choosing an new partner, or using your market research to ensure you existing partner is being competitive on their offering.
But what if you could do it different? What if you could do it smarter?
What if next time you reach a point of renewal and instead of just getting a few quotes to compare, you engage with an IT expert who can help you to understand how to take a different approach? That’s what HybrIT do. Instead of just sending a quote for a few new lines or a slightly cheaper MPLS, we take a consultative approach to finding out how we could reduce the need for expensive lines bringing benefits.
HybrIT are extremely experienced delivery SD-WAN Solutions, when consulting with our customers we can explain how SD-WAN offers business application steering, cost savings, and performance for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications, as well as unified communication services.
Typically, you would have an idea of what your connectivity renewal cost is going to be, especially from a budget point of view. But by reviewing things differently and incorporating an SD-WAN design, suddenly you have released a significant amount of OPEX which can be used elsewhere within your infrastructure or simply to improve an existing service. The upfront cost for implementing an investing SD-WAN solution will typically see an ROI after 12 months, meaning that the remaining 2 years of a typical WAN contract cost can be used more effectively.
So, you’ve tackled your heritage WAN solution, implemented an SD-WAN solution, improved performance and app experience across the organisation, but what does this mean for security. According to recent Gartner research, 40% of enterprises are expected to adopt SD-WAN by end of 2019. However, technology managers must find SD-WAN solutions that meet the needs of both digital applications and secure cloud connectivity.
SD-WAN technology enables direct internet connectivity from the branch for more efficient access to the cloud and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications. Though it helps to move the business to the next level, SD-WAN also expands the network attack surface and exposes enterprise branches to significant risk. This is why every SD-WAN offering must include next-generation firewall (NGFW) protection for successful WAN edge transformation.
In a recent Fortinet Threat Landscape Report, the typical organization saw 20 cyberattack related intrusions, with four of those resulting in breaches that caused damage (data loss, downtime, or a compliance issue).1 The majority of these were advanced threats, designed to bypass conventional security measures. In these instances, a stateful firewall cannot provide sufficient protection.
HybrIT partner with Fortinet to deliver security solutions. Fortinet is the first NGFW vendor to provide native SD-WAN capabilities, which include an application-aware WAN path controller. Over 360,000 customers have already deployed FortiGate NGFWs. With a simple software upgrade, these solutions can leverage best-of-breed SD-WAN capabilities. In the same offering, customers can now enable advanced security features such as intrusion prevention (IPS), web filtering, SSL inspection, anti-malware, and many more features, all of which are organically developed and validated.
Once you have implemented a new SD-WAN solution with the latest NGFW security, you will need an IT partner to help you keep your security solution up to date, constantly protecting your organisation from an ever-aggressive threat landscape.
HybrIT will help you to review, design, implement and support your solution via our ITIL driven Service Desk team, 24x7x365.
WSaving up to 40% on OPEX costs
Delivering a business app aware digital transformation (DX)
Simplifying operations and management
Improving performance for end users and overall experience