The significant shift towards mobile enabled devices for modern workplaces as well as the rise of cloud services has re-defined the way traditional IT services are delivered and how traditional IT organisations are structured. The traditional approach to IT service delivery for networking teams within the IT organisations was primarily broken down into campus & LAN networking, data centre networking and wide area networking.
The area of data centre & wide area networking though are of significant interest due primarily to the high adoption rate of cloud services. As more and more applications are moved to either SaaS-based cloud services or shifted out of the enterprise data centre into Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) the role of the data centre network is increasingly shifting away from application hosting and more focused on securing key assets that the enterprise has no appetite to move to cloud.
This change has created significant impact on wide area networking services. Traditional, MPLS-based, wide area networks were primarily designed and deployed to provide reliable access from remote sites into the enterprise data centre for application access. As the applications are now in the cloud and no longer hosted in the enterprise data centre those MPLS circuits are ultimately becoming very expensive, low bandwidth services into a data centre hosting limited applications only to act as a transit point out to the internet where the applications now reside.
This new reality creates significant SaaS application experience impact, particularly for interactive applications such as Microsoft Office 365, where cloud application traffic has to contend with low bandwidth MPLS services to the data centre only then to transit again out of the enterprise data centre to the internet, incurring additional latency on the way through.
In the mobile & cloud era a better approach to SaaS application delivery for branch offices is clearly evident and the rise of Software-Defined Wide Area Networks (SD-WAN) has laid the benchmark for the delivery of applications and services to branch staff.
airloom has partnered with Viptela to leverage it’s SD-WAN technology in parallel delivering integration of cloud based internet security controls with Zscaler. airloom is assisting enterprises in implementing SD-WAN architectures that leverage high bandwidth, low cost Internet services in lieu of legacy MPLS. These services provide direct to internet connectivity for the very best SaaS experience whilst ensuring management is centrally controlled from the cloud and security is enforced in collaboration with Zscaler. Most importantly they provide a way to seamlessly transition, over time, from MPLS to internet without application impact.
At airloom our focus on mobile/cloud architecture is leading the paradigm shift required to embrace a “Mobile First, Cloud First” architecture which has far reaching impacts. Talk to us today about what SD-WAN can do your business.