Software-defined WAN technology is branching out. More specifically, SD-WAN, coupled with evolving network architecture, is advancing a concept called software-defined branch, or SD-branch. The SD-branch strategy is the next stage in SD-WAN’s maturation, which has redefined how enterprises are connecting their branch sites to corporate- and cloud-based data centers.
Among other benefits, SD-branch aims to simplify how branch offices communicate with remote servers. Today, branch networks are crammed with components — routers, firewalls and other appliances — required to send traffic back and forth. SD-branch would eliminate those separate devices in favor of a single conduit, said Roopa Honnachari, industry director for business communication services and cloud computing at Frost & Sullivan.
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