SD-WAN

A modern corporate network supports digital transformation and dynamically adapts to the needs of users. The users work with applications – applications from data centres and increasingly also from private and public clouds. The key to successful digitisation is therefore an application-centred corporate network that intelligently integrates all available network resources – including the Internet – into the application-related data traffic.

This is where the software-defined company network comes in. SD-WAN is a groundbreaking solution for organising a complex and diverse application landscape. The innovative technology improves the performance of the company network in all important areas.

Cloud integration

Cloud-Integration

SD-WAN forms a virtual overlay network based on classic transport networks. Its centre is a cloud-based instance that manages all terminals (physical or virtual) at each site. SD-WAN is itself part of the cloud and is able to integrate any cloud resources into the corporate network as required.

Control and transparency

At management level, SD-WAN provides a dashboard that makes the behaviour of the entire company network visible and constantly analyses its performance. The management view and advanced analytics provide all the information you need to identify and resolve performance issues.

Application behaviour

SD-WAN continuously measures transport quality and uses policy-based routing to automatically route application traffic to the most appropriate transport connection. This is how the service availability is maximised.

Adaptability and agility

The dashboard is also a command bridge. Changes to guidelines, software updates and the integration of additional national and international offices are simplified and accelerated without compromising performance. Scaling and updating a corporate network has never been easier.

Security

SD-WAN is equipped with a complete package of security services. The security architecture distributes the right measures (firewall, IPS, DNS security, URL filtering, MFA) to the right place and encrypts communication across the entire company network.

Productivity

SD-WAN's innovative features add up to higher productivity as WAN management becomes easier despite growing complexity and users benefit from a highly available working environment.

Standard features

Service features

Application-based routing creates transparency in the network and enables control and improved performance of the data traffic.

Encryption: All transmitted data are encrypted in all transport networks used (Internet, MPLS, mobile network). SD-WAN constitutes a secure overlay network.

Network segmentation: Multiple VPNs enable the development of logical topologies and the separation of business segments.

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Application-based topologies: The applications can be assigned their own topologies (Full Mesh, Hub and Spoke, Point-to-Point as well as Multicast and Unicast).

Direct Internet access makes it possible for certain applications in a branch office to relay Internet and cloud data traffic directly to the Internet.

Cloud access: Cloud On-Ramp enables the integration of IaaS (Microsoft Azure, AWS, etc.) and SaaS (Microsoft Office 365, Salesforce, Dropbox, etc.).

Hybrid network services utilise private (MPLS, Ethernet) and public (Internet) networks in order to ensure connectivity at every location across the globe.

Embedded application recognition: Deep packet inspection creates application visibility and forms the basis for application firewalls, traffic prioritisation, application-based routing, analysis, etc.

Path quality detection selects the path in accordance with quality requirements, thus guaranteeing compliance with the SLAs.

Service management

A management console integrates all parts of the SD-WAN (single pane of glass). It provides support during implementation (configuration ) and operation (monitoring, alarm and event handling, add/move/change, maintenance, troubleshooting). The management entity is cloud-based (AWS or UPC).

Security features

DNS Security: All DNS enquiries are routed via a DNS proxy (Cisco Umbrella) and checked for integrity.

URL filtering allows or denies access to websites.

Advanced malware protection is a comprehensive solution for detecting and blocking malware.

Transport level

Connectivity is provided by UPC Business or other service providers both nationally and internationally.

Number of VPNs

up to 64

Bandwidths

10 Mbit/s, 20 Mbit/s, 50 Mbit/s, 100 Mbit/s, 500 Mbit/s, 1 Gbit/s, 2,5 Gbit/s, 10 Gbit/s

Locations

up to 1,000

The extra mile for BKW

In 2017, the energy and infrastructure service provider BKW decided to modernise its international corporate network. A complex and sophisticated SD-WAN project with cloud and security integration was implemented for this purpose, in which UPC Business went a few extra miles for the BKW Group.

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