Perfect match: SD-WAN and SaaS for enterprise communications
Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) adoption continues to increase as organisations look to replace traditional on-premise apps hosted in their own data centres. According to Finances Online, 73% of organisations expect that over 80% of their applications will be SaaS by 2020. So why are so many companies turning to SaaS?
Advantages of SaaS
There are many benefits to SaaS, including:
- Ability to scale
- Zero infrastructure costs
- Streamlined processes across multiple sites
- Collaboration between teams
- Seamless data sharing
- Supports mobile workforce and remote working
Moving applications to the cloud puts unprecedented pressure on legacy WAN networks. With traffic no longer going directly between the sites and the data centre, and instead travelling over the Internet, data packets become subjected to unexpected congestion and delays.
How can SD-WAN support SaaS?
This is where SD-WAN comes into play. Utilising cloud technology to manage WAN infrastructure, the advantages of SD-WAN include:
- Carrier agnostic traffic routing based specific requirements.
- Secure and flexible infrastructure; scale up and down on demand.
- Complete visibility and control over traffic routing, SaaS performance at every location, and business and security policy management.
- Reducing cost.
SD-WAN optimises user experience for SaaS applications by analysing carrier networks in real time and intelligently routing traffic over multiple networks based on connection quality, application type and bandwidth requirements. This ensures the best response possible over the Internet.
Must organisations switch to SaaS and SD-WAN?
According to the trend, moving corporate applications to the cloud is inevitable. But which applications you move and whether you support your SaaS applications with SD-WAN is dependent entirely on your business needs. The key is to work with a trusted partner who can assess these needs and propose a solution that delivers business outcomes for you.
At Enablis, we’re committed to taking the time to thoroughly understand what you do, what you want to do, and what you need to get you there. Through collaborative discussions, we’ll always recommend the solution that best fits your business requirements.
Want to know more about SD-WAN? Join us at our next SD-WAN event
If you’re moving applications to the cloud and need a better understanding of how SD-WAN can benefit your business, join us at our next SD-WAN event in Sydney and Melbourne. Partnering with Cisco Meraki, market leaders in cloud controlled WiFi, routing, and security, hear from our experts about how NBN can provide the high-speed internet platform required to successfully implement SD-WAN – and support your SaaS needs.