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What Is SD-WAN? How to Optimize and Build a Resilient Network

Remote work.  Work from home (WFH).  Work from anywhere (WFA).  No matter what you call it, it is becoming more common every day.

In June 2021, job searches for remote work jumped 460% from two years ago on Glassdoor.

A significant number of employees want the option to work remotely at least part of the time. Many companies are accommodating a remote workforce or offering hybrid work arrangements to attract and retain employees. According to the CHRO Roundtable, a group of HR professionals at large companies, all of this means remote work is here to stay, and integrating teams in a distributed workforce needs a permanent solution.

Remote workers need access to the company’s core infrastructure to work efficiently. For WFH and WFA employees, the lack of secure data centers and applications limits productivity. More than ever, you need a new model that provides the security, flexibility, agility, and scalability that remote work demands.

SD-WAN solves these problems by allowing employees access to company resources in a managed and secure environment.

So, what is SD-WAN?

What Is SD-WAN?

SD-WAN is a software-defined wide area network that lays on top of your existing WAN connections, hardware and internet connectivity. SD-WAN solutions allow IT teams to centrally manage the entire network across a distributed workforce, including a remote workforce. From a single pane of glass, IT teams can provision devices with zero-touch and apply security protocols and profiles for devices and users. 

SD-WAN Benefits for the Remote Workforce

SD-WAN benefits companies by enabling them to create reliable and resilient network remote teams.

Think about all the ways remote workers connect today:

  • Cloud-hosted applications
  • On-premises application
  • Virtual desktop apps
  • VoIP
  • Software as a Service (SaaS) apps, such as Microsoft 365 or Salesforce

When working remotely, network performance and security demands increase significantly. 

Traditional network architecture requires a manual device-by-device configuration.  Combined with slow remote site deployments, this architecture cannot meet the demands of a distributed workforce.

LOGIX SD-WAN Anywhere, powered by Versa, delivers Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) services and private connectivity to employees working remotely.  Remote workers can connect securely to both private and public clouds from anywhere they have an internet connection.

Securing Your Remote Workforce

LOGIX’s SD-WAN Secure solution, powered by Versa, enables you to protect the expanded threat perimeter created by remote connections. 

By extending your network to edge devices, security policies and capabilities are enforced on remote devices and connecting to network resources in the public cloud, private data centers, or SaaS locations.

Security is integrated into a single system that enables central control and includes user authentication capabilities and additional security measures, such as encryption and anti-virus.

Securing Remote Workers with Zero Trust Network Access

Using a cloud-managed solution, you can deploy Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) to efficiently connect remote workers with distributed applications without compromising on security or user experience.

This includes features such as:

  • Application segmentation to restrict access and mitigate lateral movement
  • Strong multi-factor authentication (MFA)
  • Granular application-based and role-based control
  • Application and network visibility

LOGIX SD-WAN Secure and LOGIX SD-WAN Anywhere

LOGIX Fiber Networks has partnered with Versa Networks to provide secure and reliable SD-WAN solutions. The combination of LOGIX networking experience with Versa SD-WAN provides a comprehensive approach to managing, securing, and optimizing your wide area network for today’s remote workforce.

To learn more about SD-WAN solutions for your remote workforce, contact LOGIX online or call 281-688-6231.

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