A Transport-Independent Architecture
Branch office connectivity has never been simpler. Some locations may have MPLS, some may only have broadband, some have both, some have 4G LTE, some have all of these. With a Cloud WAN, it doesn’t matter: links are automatically detected and bandwidth—real-time throughput, not just a passive SLA—measured, monitored and used by virtualized traffic steering services. Applications are instantly identified and their traffic parsed and steered in the most economical way according to one-click, centrally controlled, business and security policies.
Branch office applications, traditionally implemented locally to optimize the user experience, or in a corporate data center to optimize maintenance and management effort, are now increasingly resident in the cloud, or being replaced by more modern and efficient cloud-based applications. To adequately perform their duties it is now imperative that branch office personnel must have high-performance access not only to data center applications, but also to SaaS applications. A traditional WAN required the management of hundreds or thousands of individual branch office configurations—the Cloud WAN requires only managing the aggregate services, applications and security they need.