Guest blog by Steve Phillips, Dell Senior Director, Engineering Technologist
The networking status quo for many companies is complex, costly, and highly dependent on an intricate meshing of legacy technologies and services just to achieve basic connectivity. At the same time, we’ve seen a dramatic shift to Cloud-based applications and resources, from Office 365 to video conference calling, increasing the need for not just point-to-point connections, but for networking solutions that can deliver modern levels of performance, reliability, and security to support these 21st century applications.
Enter SD-WAN. The concepts and benefits of compute virtualization that radically changed the economics of core computing a decade ago are now being applied to the challenges of the wide area network. The results are nothing short of transformative.
As with compute virtualization, VMware leads the SD-WAN charge with their VMware SD-WAN™ by VeloCloud® solution. VeloCloud, now part of VMware has been named a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure two years in a row and has been adopted by hundreds of companies around the world as they seek to rapidly modernize their WAN and realize their cloud adoption initiatives.
VMware SD-WAN simplifies WAN operations with a Cloud-based VMware SD-WAN Orchestrator that enables centralized management and orchestration of SD-WAN at scale. Networking edge appliances can simply be shipped to remote branch locations and plugged in by non-technical staff. Once the unit comes online, IT resources can manage it remotely and gain insight into utilization, performance, and security, all through a “single pane of glass” experience.
VMware SD-WAN also boosts application performance with two key features: Dynamic Multipath Optimization™ and a global network of virtual VMware SD-WAN Gateways. Dynamic Multipath Optimization (DMPO) allows multiple network connections—broadband, MPLS, etc.—to be aggregated together into a virtualized connection. When packets are lost or jitter occurs on one path, traffic is seamlessly steered to the better performing path to maintain application quality. DMPO greatly improves performance, especially for real-time applications such as VoIP, video conferencing, where every packet counts and affects the user experience.
VMware SD-WAN’s cloud-hosted global network of Gateways is another unique feature of the VMware SD-WAN architecture. These Gateways provide direct access to the cloud, from all over the world, eliminating “backhaul” of traffic to the data center over expensive and constrained private links from branches, which dramatically improves SaaS application performance and responsiveness for end users.
A new turnkey solution from Dell Technologies and VMware
Dell Technologies has taken things one step further, bundling the tremendous benefits of VMware SD-WAN with a new generation of powerful x86-based networking appliances, making network transformation faster to deploy, manage, and support. The Dell EMC SD-WAN Solution powered by VMware combines the powerful, purpose-built x86 hardware from Dell Technologies with VMware SD-WAN software in a simple, all-in-one appliance for turnkey SD-WAN transformation.
With the full backing of Dell Technologies’ global supply chain, ProSupport, and services options, the Dell EMC SD-WAN Solution makes the adoption and deployment of SD-WAN easy and low risk, no matter the scale or extent of the network. Simply select the Edge appliance that best fits your need from a wide portfolio of 600 and 3000 series Edge appliances—and ship directly to the site. Network administrators can then access the remote hardware via the VMware SD-WAN Orchestrator and perform all device configuration tasks from there. No flights, no trips, no tracking of serial numbers or the risk of pre-loading devices with sensitive networking information. Deploying Dell EMC SD-WAN Solution powered by VMware is simple, fast, and low risk. It’s a true game changer for the WAN.
To get started on your SD-WAN transformation journey, visit https://www.delltechnologies.com/en-us/networking/sd-wan-solution/index.htm to learn more about Dell EMC SD-WAN Solution powered by VMware.
Click here to register for the 20 April 2020 Webinar “Your WAN is a mess. Freshen it up with SD-WAN”. Join us for a fireside chat with Steve Woo (Co-founder and Sr. Director Products at VeloCloud, now part of VMware) and Steve Phillips (Dell Senior Director, Engineering Technologist) as they discuss the Dell + VMware power in delivering the industry leading SD-WAN solution.