Digital transformation is putting intense pressure on networks and infastructure to be more flexible, agile and responsive. Most legacy infrastructures weren’t built for the agility that modern businesses require. Branch offices are at the front lines of customer interaction, and it’s here the impact of these digital transformations are felt most. With high expectations for quality service via new digital channels, branch networks are under increasing pressure to perform.

Modernize your Existing Branch Network with SD-WAN

Often a patchwork of T-1 lines that cannot match today’s connectivity requirements, branch networks tend to lack the speed and efficiency of primary corporate infrastructures. Faced with these roadblocks, sites are unable to interact and respond to customer demand. For many, software-defined networking is the solution. As the next evolution of private networking, SD-WAN leverages software to automate the ongoing configuration of edge routers to push traffic over a mix of private, wireless, and broadband access points. The solution is a true network for modern businesses hoping to keep pace with quality of service demands. For branch locations, this means immediate access to higher bandwidth and customer-critical applications.

Simplify Hybrid WAN Management

According to a new report and associated infographic, more than 70 percent of surveyed enterprises have plans to shift branch infrastructures to Hybrid WAN – thus sending geographically dispersed traffic over two or more connection types. SD-WAN thus becomes critical to intelligently and seamlessly distribute the flood of traffic. Fueled by this demand, it’s estimated 70 percent of companies will adopt software-defined technology during the next 18 months.

Solving the complexity of managing and supporting WAN for remote locations, these solutions also significantly decrease provisioning times and boost branch availability. By moving intelligence of the network to the customer edge, SD-WAN can power private connectivity regardless of access type – from broadband Internet and MPLS to Wi-Fi or Ethernet access. The right provider also builds in central policy control, both securing and streamlining branch office traffic. In fact, analysis indicates these systems can provide savings of 40 percent or more when compared to traditional WANs.

While branch locations encounter some of the most difficult network challenges, they’re still called on to perform time and again for the customer. When backed by the power of SD-WAN, these infrastructures are better aligned for the transformation that lies ahead. On these front lines where business is won and lost, CenturyLink can make sure your network is ready.

Learn more about how SD-WAN can help address your top WAN security challenges in our upcoming webinar on April 13th at 1pm ET: Mitigate Branch Network Security Risks with SD-WAN

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