MPLS configuration and deployment takes way too long, often weeks or months. Network adaptability is poor, and the overall transmission performance suffers.
SD-WAN can be implemented in a few minutes’ time. It can also be easily expanded if you bring on a new office location or have to move – even on a moment’s notice.
Network Flexibility Is a Difference-Maker
MPLS reliability is lower as data only travels along paths to which they’re directed. There is no flexibility to change course mid-stream if a brown-out or black-out occurs. Additionally, MPLS transmissions may suffer from a lack of adequate bandwidth.
Bandwidth-hogging multimedia such as videos, virtual reality, augmented reality, and other heavy-laden content often requires companies to increase spending on additional bandwidth. If they fail to spend the needed capital resources, transmission speeds slow and overall performance suffers.
SD-WAN carries no bandwidth restrictions, geographic boundaries are essentially erased, and key benefits of visibility, scalability, performance, and control are maximized. Users can easily upgrade by adding new links with no network infrastructure changes while cost-effectively mixing and matching links according to content type or priority.
Security Is Key
MPLS has no inherent encryption. Because it’s simply a traffic-routing mechanism, it creates the feel of private lines by directing packets based on predetermined paths within the network. However, it allows shared network elements and can be vulnerable when shared among multiple customers.
SD-WAN offers encrypted tunnels and can easily implement advanced security measures via next-generation firewalls and anti-malware. This network architecture integrates best-in-class security, policy, and orchestration by unifying secure connectivity with end-to-end encryption across the entire network. Under this level of security, it essentially becomes a “set it and forget it” transmission.
Savings Are Substantial
The cost of MPLS networks are up to 40% more expensive than SD-WAN solutions. Also, additional costs for increased bandwidth are often a reality for companies running MPLS.
SD-WAN never requires additional bandwidth, so those expenses are eliminated. The savings benefits, along with better security, flexibility, and ease of use make SD-WAN a no-brainer.
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