SD-WAN Management Guide

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SD-WAN applies software-defined networking (SDN) principles to wide area networks (WANs), which means it decouples networking logic from the underlying WAN hardware. SD-WAN management involves orchestrating and optimizing software-defined WAN workflows across the entire architecture, ideally from a single, centralized platform. This SD-WAN management guide explains how this technology works, the potential benefits of using it, and the best practices to help you get the most out of your SD-WAN deployment.

How does SD-WAN management work?

A typical WAN architecture uses a variety of links, including MPLS, wireless, broadband, and VPNs, to connect branches and other remote locations to enterprise applications and resources. SD-WAN is a virtualized service that overlays this physical architecture, giving software teams a unified software interface from which to manage network traffic and workflows across the enterprise. SD-WAN management decouples network control functions from the gateways and routers installed at remote sites, preventing administrators from having to manage each one individually. It also reduces the reliance on manual CLI rules and prompts, which are time-consuming and prone to human error, allowing teams to deploy policies across an entire network at the same time.

SD-WAN can also use multiple

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