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How SD-WAN Can Benefit Your Multi-Location Business

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Software-defined wide area network technology (SD-WAN) is a powerful tool for businesses that rely on the Internet to operate. It is especially beneficial for multi-location businesses. Of course, every company’s needs are a little different. So, is SD-WAN right for your business?

Read on to learn more about its benefits and uses for multi-location businesses.

What Is SD-WAN?

A wide area network (WAN) is a telecommunications network that covers a large geographical area. Unlike a local area network (LAN), a WAN can connect devices and networks to the Internet and cloud-based service providers. Its primary purpose in the business world is to connect an organization’s locations together so that they can work securely and efficiently.

Software-defined wide area networks use software to simplify the delivery of the WAN. It is an answer to the problems of two prior technologies: traditional WANs and multiprotocol label switching (MPLS). WANs spread over large areas tend to suffer from connection quality issues. MPLS addresses this but is expensive and slow to deploy.

SD-WAN offers many technical advantages over traditional WANs without all the logistical drawbacks of MPLS. Unlike a conventional WAN which relies on a hardware network, SD-WAN, such as the service offered by GeoLinks, can be managed virtually.

What Are the Benefits of SD-WAN for a Multi-Location Business?

Multi-location businesses can utilize SD-WAN to connect their headquarters with outside branches. This may be an organization with people working in offices all over the globe or it may be a retailer with a few locations around a city. Unlike MPLS which requires the use of a singular telecom across every location, SD-WAN is carrier agnostic allowing you to customize your bandwidth per location.

A business in Los Angeles with satellite locations in San Bernardino and San Diego, for example, may need to run applications that work efficiently between all three sites. SD-WAN would enable them to do so, simply and cost-effectively. If the team wanted to open another location in Riverside, SD-WAN would make connecting the new office seamless.

These are some of the reasons to choose SD-WAN to connect your business locations:

  • Cost Savings: Relative to other modern WAN options such as MPLS, SD-WAN is less costly to deploy and to maintain.
  • Efficient Routing: More traditional technologies such as MPLS are not routed based on application demand. SD-WAN, conversely, uses optimized path routing to ensure prioritized applications have the best possible performance.
  • Fast Deployment: SD-WAN is software-based and delivered through the cloud. Requiring just an edge device installed on site, setting it up is both fast and cost-effective. This makes it very simple to quickly connect another branch or remote office.
  • More Stable Internet: Businesses that rely on the Internet to operate can benefit from SD-WAN as it can seamlessly combine multiple Internet connections. Capable of jitter buffering, forward error packet correction, dynamic link steering, and issuing automatic failover to a backup connection in the event one connection fails, SD-WAN ensures an organization has true business continuity. For certain businesses, this can make a critical difference.
  • Centralized Monitoring: SD-WAN offers multi-location businesses functionality to monitor the network in real-time from anywhere. So, your headquarters can keep an eye on all network activity and remotely address any issues. This significantly simplifies network maintenance when compared to a hardware-based solution.

Which Multi-Location Businesses Benefit From SD-WAN?

Which Multi-Location Businesses Benefit From SD-WAN? - GeoLinks.com - Rodeo Drive

  • Multi-location car dealerships

  • Banks with multiple branches

  • Hotel and restaurant chains

  • Marketing and Ad Agencies with offices spread nationally

  • Schools, Hospitals, Libraries and other Municipalities

  • Multi-location retailers

Basically, any business with multiples branches or offices can benefit from SD-WAN. It is especially helpful for organizations that run cloud services or wish to house and mitigate all IT operations within a single hub.

Most businesses today rely heavily on the Internet. Having automatic failover to back-up connections safeguards your business from experiencing any perceived outages. Therefore, if lost productivity from a dropped Internet connection would substantially harm your business, SD-WAN may be for you.

Ultimately, SD-WAN is the best solution for fast-growing California-based businesses looking to establish a cost-effective, scalable, and efficient wide area network.

Interest in learning more about GeoLinks’ SD-WAN offering? Talk to a GeoLinks team member today!

Get to know GeoLinks’ Helpdesk Manager Michael Hurst

Get to know GeoLinks’ Helpdesk Manager, Michael Hurst

1. Let’s start with the basics, what’s your role at GeoLinks?

As Helpdesk Manager, I oversee the Helpdesk, which is responsible for responding to client support tickets, and assisting our FieldOps technicians on installations.

2. What’s your favorite part about working for GeoLinks?         

The company culture and environment. Everyone here takes great pride in the work that we do. We have created a friendly, family-like environment where we can share ideas with each other with ease. The game room and arcade are a plus as well!

3. What came before GeoLinks; did you always know you wanted to be an engineer? 

Not always! I’ve always had an interest in technology, primarily through playing video games. Prior to this job I was working for a video production company, at first assisting with inventory, later moving to the installation side. It was there where my interest in technology expanded and eventually led me to pursue a career in Networking.

Get to Know Michael Hurst4. What makes GeoLinks’ ClearFiber™ network different from other fixed wireless networks?

We’re always working to expand our already diverse network to cover areas other providers don’t service. In addition, we constantly work to improve our existing network.

5. Outside of work…what is your favorite past time or hobby?

It’s too hard to pick just one! I think most people in the office know I’m a big sports fan. Go Niners and Giants! Other than that I’m really passionate about playing music, and I’ve been training on Muay Thai kickboxing the last year or so.

Michael Hurst GeoLinks6. What’s something most of your coworkers don’t know about you?

I spent part of my childhood in England, from the ages of 5 to 8, and my entire extended family still live there. I try to make it back as often as I can.

7. What does an average day as GeoLinks Helpdesk Manager look like?

I work closely with our engineering team to ensure our support tickets are handled with care and in a timely manner. I also work closely with our operations managers to ensure our new circuit installations go smoothly.

8. You are allowed to do anything you want, anywhere in the world, for one whole day…what do you do, and where do you go?

Either hang out on the beach and surf in Maui, or see the sights in New York. I’ve never been.

9. Do you have a favorite quote or mantra you live by? Please share!

It’s simple, treat others with the same kindness and respect in which you wish to be treated.

10. What’s next…what are you most excited for when you think of your future with GeoLinks?

I look forward to seeing our network continue to diversify and expand, and I look forward to helping our company grow however I can.

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