SD-WAN has been a trending topic in the technology world for quite a while now, and long enough that it's beginning to become commonplace in network discussions and more routine when it comes deployments.
Today, most SD-WAN deployments are managed by companies that exclusively handle SD-WAN. So any voice provider that planned to sell SD-WAN as a part of their solution to a customer would essentially be relying on these third-parties or outsourcing to manage the SD-WAN service.
That's why Momentum recently made headlines when they added SD-WAN to the company's solution portfolio.
Although unique, a voice and communications provider offering a managed SD-WAN solution brings a number of advantages to every deployment. Here are a few:
1) The Benefit of the UCaaS Experience
VoIP and unified communications are a few of the primary applications that use an SD-WAN connection. So while traditional SD-WAN providers may be concerned with general deployment, connection speeds, etc., voice and communications providers are able to approach SD-WAN configurations and designs with a firmer understanding of the application requirements and end goal.
This allows voice providers to optimize and lay out an SD-WAN blueprint and delivery plan for customers that ensures each and every deployment gets maximum results for their voice, UCaaS and all other applications.
2) Access to More Advanced Technology and Integrations
Because SD-WAN providers deal exclusively with that technology, they don't always have the access or the capability of integrating into all the latest pieces of technology. This especially happens at the individual application level where you'll see handshake deals or head nod agreements on how particular services and applications will perform on the connection.
Voice and communication providers have the experience, understanding and partnerships to combine cutting-edge branches of technology to deliver the absolute best delivery to work with applications
For instance, Momentum has designed a way to deploy SD-WAN in a way that builds on the technology's enhanced availability, visibility and control without having to sacrifice security and reliability. One way this is accomplished is through the option of placing a virtual session border controller in Momentum's data centers to ensure peak performance and quality.
Additionally, Momentum's SD-WAN deployments can leverage both wired and wireless bandwidth. This is a game-changer because the expansion of available connection options allows for deployments to truly find and use the best available bandwidth. It also means the solution isn't limited to locations with wired connections so it can be used almost anywhere.
3) Streamlined Experience
At the end of the day, one of the biggest benefits of having managed SD-WAN from a voice provider is the customer experience. You can see this in getting a single bill for multiple services, receiving access to savings through using multiple services and having main a single point of contact for questions and troubleshooting. Also, a voice and communication provider delivering SD-WAN can actually also provide even tighter protective security because all transmissions and signals remain in a single network.
SD-WAN from voice and communication providers delivers expertise, enhanced technology, a better experience and move financial value to customers. And if the provider is like Momentum and provides a white-glove experience, having a single provider for voice, SD-WAN and even possibly other network services can give deliver additional meaningful value that simply can't be ignored.