November 16, 2023

7 SD-WAN benefits to expect in a large-scale deployment

Carlos Carvajal

Managing a vast network infrastructure across multiple regions with diverse internet service providers (ISPs) is no small feat.

 

It involves a delicate balancing act of controlling costs, ensuring seamless operations and maintaining network performance. Traditionally, this complexity has led organizations to make compromises that hinder the efficiency and effectiveness of their SD-WAN solutions.

FlexEdge Secure SD-WAN

Forcepoint FlexEdge Secure SD-WAN simplifies large-scale SD-WAN deployments and drives significant business benefits, including:

  1. Eliminate latency and bottleneck challenges
  2. Enable organizations to scale with growth
  3. Simplify communication between multiple branches
  4. Improve the network security posture
  5. Ensure high availability for operations
  6. Provide IPv4 and IPv6 compatibility
  7. Route applications efficiently

 

Eliminate latency and bottlenecks challenges

Routing traffic through central hubs can introduce latency and vulnerabilities. Forcepoint Secure SD-WAN mitigates these issues with SD-WAN Orchestrator.

By intelligently understanding the source address and port of incoming authentication connections, the SD-WAN Orchestrator establishes gateway connections without requiring direct connectivity. This eliminates extra requirements and reduces latency for smoother operations, fewer bottlenecks, and a better user experience.

 

Scale the network to keep up with growth

While most SD-WAN solutions struggle to scale beyond a few hundred gateways, Forcepoint Secure SD-WAN can manage full mesh connectivity between thousands of gateways. It eliminates the need for individual IPsec configurations for each subnet combination, reducing overhead and improving ROI.

When dealing with gateways in various locations, it also dynamically adds tunnels to the configuration traffic between gateways is required, making scaling feasible even in remote or challenging locations.

 

Simplify communication between remote sites and branches

Configuring secure communication between gateways is often complex, particularly in large-scale SD-WAN environments with multiple administrators across different regions.

Forcepoint Secure SD-WAN simplifies gateway communication by performing configuration updates on the SD-WAN Orchestrator, eliminating the need for manual gateway updates. This approach enables efficient central management and reduces delays and inconsistencies caused by different administrators.

The SD-WAN Orchestrator also includes gateway-specific information, such as authentication and gateway address to streamline communications and ensure proper configuration management. It adds an additional layer of control by allowing flexible routing configurations while guiding gateway changes.

 

Robust network security

Security is non-negotiable. It’s why Forcepoint Secure SD-WAN integrates advanced security technologies, such as intrusion prevention and anti-spoofing, to ensure your network is fortified against threats.

Forcepoint Secure SD-WAN assigns unique identifiers to gateways, enhancing protection and automatically eliminates compromised gateways from the configuration, maintaining a secure environment. And, unlike other SD-WAN solutions, Forcepoint Secure SD-WAN does not rely on gateway certificates for authentication. It ensures that each gateway uses unique public and private keys for authentication to enhance overall security.

 

High availability for uninterrupted operations

Downtime is costly. Forcepoint Secure SD-WAN offers complete high-availability configuration of multiple orchestrators across distinct locations. This ensures resiliency against internet service provider (ISP) failures to provide uninterrupted connectivity, even during maintenance or link failures.

 

IPv4 and IPv6 compatibility

Adaptability is key in an ever-evolving landscape. Forcepoint Secure SD-WAN supports both IPv4 and IPv6 address families to provide flexibility and compatibility within diverse environments.

 

Efficient application-aware routing

Forcepoint Secure SD-WAN simplifies application-based routing by eliminating complex tunnel-level configurations. It dynamically establishes connectivity between gateways using a multilink Virtual Private Network (VPN) approach, ensuring efficient application-based routing, and enhancing overall performance.

 

Forcepoint Secure SD-WAN is not just about simplifying large-scale SD-WAN deployments; it is a strategic advantage to drive business growth through improved networking, scalability, simplified operations and robust security.

When combined with our leading Security Service Edge (SSE) capabilities, organizations can quickly implement what we call a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) framework to improve cloud security with optimized networking performance.

Carlos Carvajal

Carlos Carvajal, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Forcepoint for SD-WAN and Advanced Threat Protection solutions, brings 15 years expertise delivering enterprise solutions, including cloud security, AIOPs, and industrial printing. He has held senior positions at IBM and Canon and holds an MBA...

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