SD-WAN vs. Traditional WAN: What Are The Key Differences?

February 19, 2019 Supermicro

Innovation and technological advances are accelerating the adoption of software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) on a variety of customer premise equipment (CPE) devices due to the number of benefits it presents. It is currently one of the most commonly deployed SDN applications used in WAN connections.

In traditional WAN, users are required to lease expensive Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) circuits to secure their private network, which can be impractical due to their complexity for untrained staff and prohibitive cost structure.

For network providers looking to expand their networks efficiently, the adoption of new SD-WAN technologies is proven to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) significantly due to the router being able to aggregate different links and allocate them appropriately. This elasticity achieves a ‘pay-as-you-use’ approach to bring cost efficiency to both on-premise users and traditional end users.

Supermicro* and ENEA universal CPE (uCPE) solutions are fully optimized for SD-WAN to provide rapid deployment of real-time network functions, eliminating the need for proprietary, purpose-built servers that are known to be challenging to manage and maintain (Figure 1).

Figure 1. Supermicro universal customer premise equipment (uCPE) are optimized for software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) to reduce cost and complexity for end users.(Source: Supermicro).

What are the key benefits?

  • Cost
  • Flexibility
  • Deployment Time
  • Security
  • Manageability
  • Cloud Access
  • Bandwidth

Supermicro offers telecom operators and service providers the industry’s broadest range of Building Block Solutions* to enable customized software-defined solutions for different requirements. As a premier partner of the Intel® Select Solution uCPE program, Supermicro is first-to-market in launching networking, IoT, and Embedded technologies for a range of market segments and applications.

To learn more about Supermicro's Ready-To-Deploy SD-WAN and uCPE Solutions, read "Ready to Deploy SD-WAN and uCPE Solutions Based on Supermicro SuperServer 5019D Featuring Intel® Xeon® Processor D-2100 Product Family".

For more information, visit Supermicro's Embedded/IoT Solutions.

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