The Importance of SD-WAN For The Manufacturing Industry

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Industial IoT

Enabling the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) is a top priority for today’s manufacturers, but achieving this goal is easier said than done. Streamline design, development and engineering processes to speed up time to market and, finally, try to speed up the development of highly automated factories that operate with minimal human intervention.

However, many of these environments are characterized by discrete silos of operations that cannot communicate and exchange data seamlessly. Manufacturers need flexible, secure bandwidths – rich connectivity to support integrated, open platforms that collect and analyze data from a variety of sources. In terms of security, the easy-to-install intelligent devices that run on IoT also pose a major threat to hackers who infiltrate these systems. Network administrators also lack transparency in resource allocation, making it difficult to channel bandwidth to where it is needed.


Silver Bullets?

“There is no silver bullet, but technologies like SD-WAN offer tremendous future for infrastructure prospects.” said David O’Neill, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Gartner. From a technology promotion perspective, software – defined, open-source, low-cost, high-performance networking solutions – provides the functionality that manufacturers need to overcome the burden of outdated technologies and, more importantly, drive measurable performance improvements.

Benefits of SD-WAN

Other benefits of SD – WAN include greater efficiency in policy implementation, better network performance and more efficient network management. In addition to network visibility, SD-WAN can segment network traffic to allow administrators to prioritize applications and manage bandwidth resources on a tailored basis. There is a growing demand for high – fast, low – latency network infrastructure to meet the growing needs of the global economy and the need for faster, more reliable and more reliable network connectivity.


Poor Visiability

SD – WAN enables device monitoring and the linking of intelligent sensors to an analytical platform for real-time monitoring and analysis of network performance, network traffic and data flow.

At the same time, it speeds up the implementation and ensures full transparency and prioritization in its application. Segmentation offers additional benefits by simplifying network management and eliminating a layer of complexity from the entire operational environment. From a before-and-after perspective, the lack of visibility is typically characterized by network infrastructure in traditional production facilities and is related to the prioritization of resources for each application. This contributes to poor performance and user experience, with unsecured Internet backups affecting quality.  To give a more specific example, some fast-growing, financially constrained global manufacturers like Samsung are having difficulty managing a widely dispersed WAN that includes nearly 100 locations around the world.

How Much Can SD-WAN Save Your Company?

Reducing costs and effectively managing expansion, improvements in network capacity and performance are essential. By using an SD – WAN routing and management solutions, the company can integrate policies and controls, centralize policy controls, and automatically optimize traffic and application performance. This move can reduced the cost of bandwidth for MPLS by an average of 64 percent per site, resulting in a 30 percent reduction in network bandwidth costs and a 20 percent reduction in latency. Whether it’s improving daily operations or connecting billions of devices to enable IoT functionality, SD-WAN is a powerful technology enabler.

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