Smart City; Smart WAN.

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Written by Kristian Burrill
Kristian Burrill
Kristian Burrill

The speed of business is accelerating with digitisation, every day processes throughout every aspect of our lives is being touched by Smart technology. We’re very much now on the cusp of an Internet of Everything (IoE) explosion , everywhere we look, the word SMART it being applied.

As we approach a time where pretty much everything will be connected to the internet, we must consider the results of increased internet traffic consuming broadband availability.

Simple Answer? Increase broadband availability, right? Well yes, that would help but, is it the SMART answer?

Let’s look at the business Wide Area Network (WAN); today’s branch office or remote site, which is where your workers are, requires the same level of rich application services as the company headquarters to ensure business innovation and employee productivity. To be successful, these employees require access to the same applications, systems, and tools as their headquarters counterparts. Your IT organisation is under tremendous pressure to meet the growing bandwidth demands of cloud traffic, proliferation of mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) devices, adoption of the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend, and high-bandwidth applications such as video.

The results can be poor application performance, potential security risks, and compliance failures. With organisations trying to minimise their bandwidth spend, they realise that this compromises the user experience and application reliability and leads to technical challenges.

So how do we address these challenges? It’s time to get SMART with our WAN.

Smart WAN isn’t really a term as such, what we’re really talking about is Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN). Using new technology, we can address these technical challenges through an open and software-driven approach, helping accelerate key business initiatives while reducing cost and complexity, which allows you to reach your business outcomes. Many organisations need to address content explosion over bandwidth constrained networks. The proposed solution allows IT to successfully migrate to lower-cost transport without compromising security, reliability, or performance.

SD-WAN is very much in its infancy, Gartner say that less than 1% of large enterprises currently use SD-WAN. This is however predicted to grow to 40% in the next 4 years.

As bandwidth consumption continues to increase, it’s imperative that we look at smart ways to ensure bandwidth costs do not. We’ll be publishing blogs via our hub in the coming months, offering great insight in how to get SMART with your WAN.

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About Kristian Burrill

Kristian BurrillGekko’s co-founder Kristian has notched up over 15 years of IT experience. Working across the IT sector, he’s gained great insight in modern technology and the benefits it brings to businesses.

After setting up the Gekko business in 2012, he now focuses on customer engagement, working with vendors and developing insight into future technology and business trends.

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