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Software defined networking is here

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.

Software-defined networking is here

Many organisations that are in the midst of digital transformation initiatives are seeking to replace their outdated wide-area network (WAN) infrastructures.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 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 SD-WAN.

Choosing the right SD-WAN partner


If your current WAN solution is coming up for renewal, you have the perfect opportunity to explore the benefits that SD-WAN can deliver to your business.


Instead of just sending you a quote for a few new lines or a slightly cheaper MPLS, HybrIT take a consultative approach to finding out how if SD-WAN is right for your business.

Offset costs

Typically, you would have an idea of what your connectivity renewal 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 to improve an existing service. The upfront cost for implementing an SD-WAN solution typically sees an ROI after 12 months, meaning that the remaining 2 years of a typical WAN contract cost can be used more effectively.

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SD-WAN benefits

  • Save up to 40% on OPEX costs.

  • Deliver business app aware digital transformation.

  • Simplify operations and management.

  • Improve performance for end users and overall experience.

Fortinet SD-WAN Network Diagram

SD-WAN security

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.

Firewall management

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.

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Talk to a SD-WAN expert

Need some help understanding the benefits of SD-WAN? We have subject matter experts ready to help. Book a 30-minute introductory meeting with our team at a time that suits you.

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