There are only 23 countries in the world with no active military force, ranging in size from The Vatican (absolutely a country!) to Iceland, Costa Rica and Panama. For the rest of us, our military operates very much like a large corporation, with various branches spread out, responsible for different tasks and areas and all reporting to a centralized commanding body. According to NATO, the three most basic military branches are Army, Air Force and Navy. For our purposes we are really going to generalize (sorry military buffs), but we all know that stemming out from these classic branches are numerous specialized units, squads and forces (some secret and some not), all responsible for and specially trained in different things – and all under the direct or indirect control of that same centralized commanding body.
Now imagine that these countless branches of the military (let’s use the Swiss military as an example because of their long-standing foreign policy of neutrality) lost contact with their leaders or found it difficult to impossible to communicate with the decision makers? Messages aren’t getting through, long periods of time are spent with no communication or orders or instructions are garbled and inconsistent. Even for a peacetime military, this would be an obvious disaster of a situation. It’s entirely possible (and has happened) that a military with a communication issue could easily spell disaster in varying degrees starting from simple dissatisfaction to a coup.
Applying this same concept to business, branches of businesses like finance, healthcare and even convenience stores rely on solid and regular communication to operate smoothly. While many businesses have been using WAN technology to connect their branches to a centralized network, WAN is expensive, complex, unpredictable and not directly connected to the cloud. Enter SD-WAN, one of the hottest topics in the information technology world.
SD-WAN virtualizes and optimizes WAN by linking various service providers and forming a unified pool of bandwidth resulting in better performance of applications – and going back to our military analogy, faster and better communication. SD-WAN also ensures and simplifies centralized management with better awareness of and control over elements like applications and bandwidth usage, or the smaller and more independently operating elements of a military branch. In short, SD-WAN makes branch management more powerful, granular, centralized and simple.
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