More than ever, businesses in the UK are relying on connectivity. Organisations are growing more reliant on advanced distributed networks and new network topologies are emerging, to accommodate the accelerating adoption of SaaS solutions and public cloud platforms. It is increasingly critical to ensure predictable application performance and reliability, along with secure, uninterrupted connectivity at all locations.
Backhauling internet traffic to a central breakout is no longer sustainable once you decide to leverage SaaS applications like Exchange Online or SharePoint Online in Office 365. These cloud-connected applications increase overall traffic while requiring very low latency to work. To manage these demands, you need a different architecture that enables local internet breakouts at every location for direct access to cloud services.
What is SD-WAN and how can it help my organisation?
Software-Defined Wide-Area-Networks (SD-WAN) are an increasingly popular and cost-effective alternative to dedicated network connections and MPLS infrastructures. SD-WAN significantly increases WAN network reliability, agility, and performance by using and aggregating multiple active, load-sharing connections of any type (Broadband/cable, MPLS, 3G/4G). Advanced data caching, traffic compression, and other WAN optimization capabilities leverage the available bandwidth. This lets you ensure that there is always enough bandwidth for business-critical applications, by automatically making dynamic, on-the-fly adjustments to QoS and application usage policies depending on real-time bandwidth and latency measurements.
Key benefits of Barracuda’s secure SD-WAN solution
Unlike SD-WAN solutions that only provide connectivity—requiring a separate security solution—Barracuda CloudGen Firewall combines a complete set of SD-WAN capabilities with advanced, multi-layered security technologies in a single unit.
Deploy it just the way you need: Barracuda CloudGen Firewall is available on-premises as a physical or virtual appliance, or in the cloud.
Avoid deployment hassles with Zero-Touch Deployment—remote-location personnel without IT expertise can simply plug in the appliance, and it will automatically connect to Barracuda Firewall Control Center, download and install its configuration file, and deploy itself on the network.
Maintain a unified security posture across your hybrid and multi-cloud environment simply and cost-effectively with Barracuda Firewall Control Center—no matter how complex or distributed your networks become.
Barracuda CloudGen Firewall gives you the SD-WAN tools you need to easily:
- Improve overall connectivity
- Increase network flexibility and agility
- Improve application performance
- Reduce overall cost
- Reduce cost for MPLS services
- Reduce physical infrastructure
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This article originally appeared here.