The very foundation of connecting your business to the outside world is your data network. And the quality and reliability of those connections are becoming more critical all the time as more services (including your phones) move to the Cloud.
At the most basic level is your business’ connection to the internet. There are multiple technologies you can use to accomplish this, from land-based technologies like broadband (cable and FiOS), Metro Ethernet (copper) and fiber Ethernet, to over-the-air technologies like fixed wireless, satellite and 4G/LTE (with 5G is right around the corner).
Multiple connections can be combined into a single hyper-reliable connection using SD-WAN (link to FAQ). This allows you to combine connections to create a single connection with almost no downtime. In addition, SD-WAN monitors link performance in real time and uses the highest quality (lowest latency and jitter) connection for your traffic. It can also prioritize traffic such as voice and video over traffic like email and web access, even across parts of the internet. Finally, as the “WAN” in its name implies, it can be used to create connections between locations to create a Wide Area Network for your business.
Connecting sites together as a WAN used to require expensive point-to-point connections in addition to internet access. You can still do that, but you could also use an MPLS network (see the FAQ), or even more reliably and inexpensive, by using an SD-WAN. SD-WANs also have the advantage that they are carrier agnostic, highly reliable, and they optimize traffic between sites and to the internet. For details on the difference between MPLS and SD-WAN technologies, see the FAQ.
If your business needs help understanding the connectivity options available to you, please contact us and we can talk about your requirements.