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How is SD-Wan different from managed SD-Wan in terms of service?

How is SD-WAN different from managed SD-WAN in terms of service?
Written by Medhaavi Mishra

SD-WAN technology is available in different business models, such as SD-WAN as a Service and Managed SD-WAN. But how do different consumption models differ?

Software-defined WANs provide distributed organisations with branch offices the ability to improve application performance by intelligently routing traffic across multiple WAN circuits such as MPLS, Internet, and wireless 4G and 5G.

Various vendors and service providers offer SD-WAN technology with different business models and usages, including Appliances, Software Licences, SD-WAN as a Service, and Managed SD-WAN Services. Each purchasing model has specific advantages and disadvantages.

After some time, the concepts of managed SD-WAN services and SD-WAN services will likely blur as more technology players come into the competition.

Managed services

When it comes to briefing managed network service, it is simply outsourcing networking applications and services to a managed service provider or even, in some instances, to communication service providers. With managed SD-WAN as services, the internet service provider supplies the hardware, software, networking & transport services required to deliver the right application or service — such as connectivity to multiple branches with optimum SLAs that our service level agreements for good performance.

The managed service providers cover the monitoring, securing and managing of the WAN service. Pricing is generally done either for a year or for multiple years in the form of an agreement that can be very complex based on the number of sites, link speeds, locations, & related SLAs.

Managed network services in India are a popular method not just for IT organisations but enterprises too, to outsource the headache or stress of providing connectivity to their branches and data centres. SD-WAN technology has enabled various CSPs, cable providers, MSPs, and system integrators to expand their managed WAN service offerings.

Major CSPs like AT&T, Spectra, CenturyLink, Comcast and Verizon are adding this SD-WAN technology to their business services.

SD-WAN as a service in India

Software as a Service (SaaS), is a software distribution model where applications are hosted by a third party and made available to customers over a network. SaaS is a technology delivery model, typically offered as a monthly subscription.

With SD-WAN as a Service in India, the end customer is commonly responsible for monitoring, managing, & modifying her SD-WAN service via a cloud-based management portal. The end customer may need to contract with one or more of her CSPs for the WAN connectivity services to her branch offices.

SD-WAN-as-a-Service customers can take advantage of the latest features that can be easily upgraded via the cloud. Consumers pay for the features they use and have the option to increase or decrease functionality.

Managed SD-WAN as a service 

When you choose managed SD-WAN as a service, you get the following benefits: 

● Trust the Expertise of Others: Smaller organisations often don’t have the IT resources to handle the installation and management of SD-WAN itself.

● Savings measures: Because of the bandwidth cost of Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), a protocol-independent routing technology, enterprises are looking for alternative solutions in their corporate WANs. As more companies move to mobile and cloud, MPLS will no longer meet the company’s WAN needs.

● Other IT resources: We will prepare the necessary equipment, and our experts will support you from installation to completion. Integration with other network services: Managed SD-WAN providers offer consolidated billing and bundles of different types of broadband connections.

● Integration with public cloud services: Connect to public cloud services such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

Now, you can choose the one that fits your needs in every aspect. 

Most businesses and organisations today rely on Internet networks & applications for communication & collaboration. Success in both the short & long term requires good business relationships.

Investing in Internet applications for reliable communication is critical as it speeds up collaboration and communication. Without the internet, business organisations would not be so productive. According to some reports, 75% of businesses believe they lost sales due to unstable internet connections. 

What is an internet leased line?

An internet leased line in India is a dedicated data connection with a fixed bandwidth. It sanctions small, medium & large businesses to connect to the internet securely, reliably and highly efficiently with maximum download capacity, resilience and uptime.

Features of internet leased lines.

● Symmetry: The leased line is symmetrical, so download and upload speeds are the same.

● Indisputable: Leased line connections are non-conflicting and cannot be shared with other users. 

● Point to point: Connect his two points of ISP and business.

Type of internet leased line

1. Optical fibre dedicated line- It involves the process of sending light from a dedicated fibre optic line to a fibre optic cable to create a symmetrical data link. Few leased lines use fibre optic cable for all routing, but most leased lines use fibre optic cable for the most part. Fibre optic leased lines are faster than other types.

2. DSL Leased Line- A Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) provides a low-bandwidth leased line. DSL connections are asymmetric and contention compared to leased lines which are symmetrical and contention-free. You can choose SDSL, an asymmetrical alternative to DSL that offers faster upload speeds.

3. MPLS Leased Line- Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPSL) is a technology for summarising and transferring data from X to Y. You can apply labels and make forwarding decisions based on those labels.

Available leased line options are Fiber Ethernet or Ethernet Access Direct, & Ethernet in the First Mile & Ethernet over Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC).

How do leased lines work? 

A leased line is a leased line between two communication points. Always on and rented for a monthly fee or according to service provider terms. A leased line is exclusive, assigned, and dedicated. In other words, the associated bandwidth is intended for private and business use only.

They differ from traditional telecom technologies that use and reuse circuits by switching. It sets up a continuous tunnel between two communication points, allowing a continuous flow of data.

Why are dedicated internet lines expensive?

Internet dedicated lines are for exclusive use by tenants, so they are more expensive than other connection services, such as ADSL and SDSL.

Spectra’s internet leased lines are one of the most reliable sources on which one can count. Wait no more; raise your request today and get the best quote.

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Medhaavi Mishra