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The many benefits of SD-WAN for today's networks

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SD-WAN services, network efficiency and ... Monty Python?

And now for something completely different: The benefits of SD-WAN services and Monty Python correspond with each other. And I'm not talking about an employee streaming Flying Circus on a -- hopefully -- low-priority link.

Imagine, for a moment, you're on an important quest. You're following a certain path, when you suddenly face a ravine. You pause and look around to find the best way across, but you see only a rickety bridge swaying precariously from each side of the ravine.

As you ponder whether the bridge is the only option across, a bridgekeeper -- yes, think Monty Python and the Holy Grail -- pops up and demands you answer three questions correctly in order to pass.

Your name: Well, that's an easy one. Your quest: To reach your destination as quickly and efficiently as possible.

But you're unprepared for his last question. Maybe he asks you to correctly define software-defined networking, or to list every service provider -- and their corresponding partners -- that offers managed SD-WAN services. Perhaps he asks you what the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow is.

If only you could locate another route across the ravine that would let you bypass the bridgekeeper and finish your quest.

Many organizations find themselves in similar situations. They want to increase network traffic efficiency, make better use of their resources and simplify network provisioning, but their current networks are finicky and unreliable. Some organizations might have a solid MPLS foundation, but they want additional routes so they have more options. 

That's where the benefits of SD-WAN architecture come in. Certainly, each organization has different network requirements and quests, but SD-WAN services are becoming a viable option to help cross the ravine.

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