SD-Wan Explained In Games We Played As Kids


SD-Wan is a complex technology that can often be very difficult to understand, but here at TQI we think technology should be simple to understand. “Hide and Go Seek” Remember counting to 25 with your eyes closed (but your ears WIDE open) and the last 15 seconds were counted much faster than the first 10? That’s what SD-Wan does, it listens for its partner(s) on the internet, automatically choosing the best/fastest route for your data. This allows businesses to use (preferably) two inexpensive internet connections (such as a cable modem and DSL line) instead of more expensive dedicated bandwidth with MPLS to create a stable network.

“Red Rover Red Rover” The result?  Enterprise level connectivity to branch offices with redundancy for much less and the real world speeds are typically MUCH faster because the SD-Wan will make both internet connections work as ONE super-fast connection. With the built in protection of VPN security, no one is breaking through this wall!

“Dodgeball!” If one of the connections isn’t performing well or is down, SD-Wan will automatically send traffic over the other link until both links are working back to 100%.  Some SD-Wan providers will also automatically open a trouble ticket, when one of the links is down or isn’t working at 100% capacity. These specialized devices can also act as a managed firewall protecting your office, so you never have to appear on ESPN’s “The Ocho” or CNN because you got hacked.

“Ready or not…here I come!" With SD-Wan, your VOIP, video, and priority data is NEVER picked last! Or if you want, here’s the “Principal’s Office” (aka Wikipedia) definition of SD-WAN Software-defined networking (SDN) is an approach to computer networking that allows network administrators to manage network services through abstraction of lower-level functionality.

So that sums up SD-Wan if you have any questions or would like to know what SD-Wan would do for your business let us know.