Originally published September 7, 2017
Businesses of all sizes across many industries are embracing cloud-based IT solutions in lieu of traditional on-premises server deployments, but wide-area network (WAN) implications brought about by this transition aren't immediately recognized.
Cloud-based applications for office automation, Web and video conferencing, file sharing, VoIP and collaboration -- including Microsoft 365, Cisco Spark, Slack, Box, and others -- are proliferating due to the reduced cost and complexity associated with rolling out and managing these services across a distributed enterprise.
However, unified communications- and other software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications create new demands on underlying WAN infrastructure, especially for remote branch sites. Two emerging WAN technologies make it easier for businesses to update their WAN infrastructures for the cloud era: software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) and 4G LTE.
Here are five reasons SD-WAN and 4G LTE provide essential capabilities for ensuring reliability and optimal performance of cloud-based applications: