Top 4 Reasons Why SD-WAN and Wireless are a Perfect Match

As our adoption of cloud computing grows, SD-WAN is fast becoming the future of the enterprise WAN. Storage and backup in the cloud, Unified Communication-as-a-Service (UCaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) are just a few examples of the great migration to the cloud. SD-WAN offers significant advantages over a traditional WAN infrastructure because it moves away from the conventional hub and spoke network design. In the hub and spoke designed WAN, traffic is backhauled through the enterprise data center, and it relies on private circuit MPLS links. On the other hand, SD-WAN allows for a network overlay with multiple links to form a unified pool of bandwidth. SD-WAN supports MPLS plus other reliable and cost-effective connectivity sources like cable, DSL, and wireless 4G LTE. A software-defined network is ideal for supporting the delivery of cloud-based services because it efficiently routes data traffic across a WAN by choosing the access connection for optimal performance.

Let’s take a look at how and why 4G wireless connectivity complements SD-WAN and how you can help customers leverage it to reduce costs and increase flexibility – making money for you at the same time!

  1. Ideal for traditional ‘branch’ deployments and more – SD-WAN is ideal for branch deployments because it includes centralized management across branches with the ability to select the optimal connection for each application. These capabilities are important because the term ‘branch deployment’ can cover a myriad of deployments. Besides traditional branch offices, businesses may need fast, reliable connectivity for fleet vehicles, pop-up stores, mobile facilities, surveillance cameras, or digital signage and kiosks, for example. Because SD-WANs combine MPLS quality and lower cost internet, including wireless, regardless of the deployment organizations can keep their applications connected and running smoothly. SD-WAN also provides the ability to select network technologies on a site-by-site basis, helping achieve the optimal balance of performance, security, and cost.
  2. Zero-touch deployments – SD-WAN coupled with 4G LTE wireless also simplifies deployment. IT organizations don’t have to dispatch IT staff to a remote location to deploy an SD-WAN router at a new branch, or to provide connectivity for an Internet of Things (IoT) device, like a remote sensor at a plant, for instance. Instead, using an SD-WAN router and wireless connectivity, an office manager can plug in the new router, and they have connectivity!
  3. Cloud-based management – Because SD-WAN technologies are software-defined, management is also done remotely through the cloud. These cloud-based platforms give teams the ability to provision, troubleshoot, and manage connectivity and applications on the network from a web-based interface. Network managers and have peace-of-mind knowing they have a single pane of glass for device management and SD-WAN control.
  4. Smart traffic routing – SD-WAN can optimize the best path for network traffic, leveraging smart-traffic routing, policy-based traffic prioritization, filtering, and traffic shaping. A software-based based platform enables teams to keep an eye on all connected endpoints across the network.

SD-WAN is one of the fastest growing network solutions because of its benefits around reducing costs, increasing flexibility, and centralizing control across the WAN. It aggregates multiple connections, including 4G LTE wireless, to steer application traffic leveraging diverse wireless bandwidth when needed. Talk to Broad Sky Networks about how you can help your customers leverage the power of wireless within their network for diversity, flexibility and peak performance!

Broad Sky Networks Named to the Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing US Companies for Second Year in a Row

We are excited to announce that Inc Magazine has named Broad Sky Networks to its annual Inc. 5000 list for the second year in a row. The list, considered one of the most prestigious in the nation, recognizes companies achieving substantial growth between 2014 and 2018. We are honored to be back on this list this year alongside so many other forward-thinking technology companies.

“We’re thrilled to be included in the list again this year, said Mike Mudd, Broad Sky Networks’ CEO. “Over the past few years, we have been actively building a portfolio of best-in-class solutions that support the Internet of Things (IoT). Alongside the technology, we’ve focused a lot of attention on partnerships and channel enablement to help identify opportunities where we can help businesses in nearly every industry. I believe it’s the combination of these things that have helped us achieve such fantastic growth over the last four years.”

Broader adoption of wireless solutions

Across the industry, we’re seeing advances in technology and application engineering that are making wireless solutions more robust and reliable. This, coupled with faster connection speeds and higher capacities, is driving higher adoption rates by businesses that have moved applications to the cloud and uptime is critical. Our multi-location solutions and pooled pricing packages help simplify the management and pricing of wireless for customers that have multiple locations across the country.

Increased Channel Partner enablement

We’re 100% channel focused and dedicated to our valued channel partners and master agents. Last year, we started our monthly partner webinars to help educate the channel on the world of 4G/LTE, satellite, IoT, and wireless solutions for primary, backup, and business continuity. Throughout this endeavor, partners have been able to get a better understanding of how to identify and sell wireless solutions to their customer base. On-demand webinars can be found on our Vimeo channel.

Expansion of Broad Sky leadership

Ron Ireland, a veteran in the industry and channel, was named President of Broad Sky Networks in January. The addition of Ron has been invaluable as he has worked with the rest of the leadership team to strengthen our channel program and go-to-market strategy. His leadership complements the fantastic group of dedicated employees that work tirelessly day in and day out to move the company forward. You can read more about Ron and his role at Broad Sky Networks here.

We’d like to extend our sincerest thanks to our customers, channel partners, master agents, and employees for placing their trust in us. Without you, we wouldn’t be where we are today!

For complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region and other criteria, visit https://www.inc.com/inc5000/list/2018.