More Benefits of SD-WAN
Assure Business Intent with Advanced Application Visibility and Control
Gaining visibility into the traffic running across the WAN is the first step toward gaining control. Silver Peak SD-WAN solutions not only provide deep application intelligence but also give IT the ability to align application priority and performance to business intent. Enterprises benefit from unprecedented levels of visibility into both legacy and cloud applications and gain the ability to assign policies to secure and control all WAN traffic.
Silver Peak provides real-time and historical tracking and end-user application and network performance. Unity Orchestrator monitors throughput, loss, latency, and jitter of all network paths, with alarms and alerts that allow for faster resolution of service provider issues.
With visibility should also come control. Silver Peak’s robust packet inspection engine identifies applications based on the first packet which enables the SD-WAN to rapidly make decisions based on the nature of the data. Once the application is identified, our Dynamic Path Control optimizes the WAN data path based on the required QoS policy and real-time quality of the WAN service – internet, MPLS, LTE or any combination. First packet application identification facilitates efficient service chaining and also mitigates security risks and enables the SD-WAN to adapt automatically to changing conditions.
Robust Edge-to-edge Security and Micro-segmentation
The internet has historically been too insecure for enterprise WANs. Silver Peak EdgeConnect mitigates security concerns by building 256-bit encrypted tunnels, edge-to-edge, between every site in the SD-WAN. This hardens the internet with the security of a VPN, but without the complexity of provisioning and configuring a VPN. With Silver Peak, the internet becomes as reliable and secure as a private line.
Advances in data center security now include the ability to segment traffic based on application characteristics and policies, known as micro-segmentation. Creating an SD-WAN using virtual overlays allows micro-segmentation to extend beyond the data center. For example, a virtual WAN overlay can be created to transport a financial application with specific QoS and security requirements while isolating and handling guest Wi-Fi traffic across a different virtual overlay.
Every Silver Peak EdgeConnect SD-WAN solution includes encryption, WAN hardening and micro-segmentation. We’ve also established technology alliances with security industry leaders such as Zscaler. When EdgeConnect is deployed directly onto the internet in branch offices, Zscaler enables employees to access the internet securely by scanning all incoming and outgoing traffic between the EdgeConnect appliances and the internet to identify and block potential threats.
Extensibility to 3rd Party Solutions via Service Chaining
While many SD-WAN products are an all or nothing proposition, Silver Peak delivers unmatched flexibility and deployment options. We believe our customers should have the ability to build a better WAN at their own pace. This is why our solutions are extensible and non-disruptively interoperate with what you have today. There is no need to rip and replace existing infrastructure. Whether it’s by service chaining multiple layer 4 through 7 devices or enabling a “migrate at your own pace” approach to adoption by interoperating with legacy routers, EdgeConnect is the most extensible SD-WAN solution available.