Let’s first understand Wide Area Network (WAN), which is a network linking Local Area Networks (LAN’s) over extensive distances. Larger organizations utilize traditional WANs to interconnect their diverse branches or office locations with a central corporate network. In conventional WAN’s the software governing traffic flow is closely integrated with the hardware directing the traffic. Generally, this hardware and software is acquired from a single networking vendor, which makes WAN expensive, rigid and not easily scalable.
Let’s understand how SD-WAN comes to the aid. A software defined wide area network or what we know it as (SD-WAN) represents a highly adaptable WAN architecture capable of leveraging diverse hardware and networking choices. The controlling software seamlessly integrates with various networking hardware, enabling organizations to establish a software defined wide area network using off the shelf hardware instead of specialized options. SD-WAN software disassociates itself from the underlying hardware providing organizations more choices of hardware that can be used. This results in SD-WAN’s being more cost-effective, flexible and scalable compared to traditional WAN’s.
There are three types of SD-WANs
- Internet-Based SD-WANs
- Telco and MSP Managed Service SD-WANs
- SD-WAN as a Service
Now that we've comprehended the concept of SD-WAN, let's explore some noteworthy challenges that service providers may face when offering SD-WAN solutions and how Jamcracker’s Digital Marketplace can offer solutions and support in overcoming these challenges.
Expanded Market Reach
Jamcracker's marketplace streamlines the process by offering a centralized platform for selecting, configuring, and managing SD-WAN and associated services. It simplifies the complexity of service packaging, allowing users to efficiently navigate and choose the specific components they desire. Through the marketplace, users can access a variety of options, making it easier to tailor SD-WAN solutions to their unique requirements. This centralized approach helps organizations effectively manage the complexities associated with SD-WAN deployment and ensures a more seamless and efficient experience.
Cost reduction or optimization stands out as a primary driver and advertising claim associated with SD-WAN service and is not a straight forward affair. Businesses have to take a holistic approach in cost reduction along and consider the overall business benefits that would be brought to the business. By leveraging cost-effective internet connections alongside traditional MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching) links, SD-WAN provides a more economical solution compared to traditional networking methods.
The complexity of managing SD-WAN is effectively simplified through the Jamcracker’s Digital Marketplace. The Jamcrackers Digital Marketplace streamlines the process of provisioning and managing SD-WAN services, offering a centralized platform where service providers can efficiently handle customer accounts, monitor usage, and scale resources as needed. This user-friendly interface enhances the overall management experience, providing a cohesive environment for configuring and optimizing SD-WAN services. With a seamless integration of key functionalities, Jamcracker ensures that organizations can navigate the complexities of SD-WAN deployment with ease, promoting operational efficiency and facilitating a more straightforward management process. This comprehensive solution not only reduces the complexities associated with SD-WAN but also empowers users to maximize the potential of their network services efficiently.
Billing and Monetization
Jamcracker offers robust billing and monetization capabilities, providing service providers with an effortless means of managing and invoicing customers for SD-WAN services. Whether it involves variable costs based on usage, fixed costs for resources, or recurring charges for managed services and plans, Jamcracker's Digital Marketplace offers solutions for all billing scenarios. This comprehensive approach ensures a seamless and transparent financial relationship between the service provider and the end-user, fostering clarity and efficiency in financial transactions.