Software Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) enables branch offices to optimize the use of local broadband connections and MPLS lines. SD-WAN uses smart routing to provide the appropriate bandwidth needed for each application, including more latency sensitive apps like Voice Over IP. With SD-WAN, the steady migration to cloud applications can be accommodated by routing traffic from a branch directly to the cloud without passing through the data center first.
Despite the benefits of SD-WAN, connecting branch offices directly to the cloud significantly increases their security risk and security management costs. Since branches are not protected by data center security, they are exposed to sophisticated multi-vector Gen V attacks. For complete network protection, enterprises must now maintain security software at a distributed network of branches where space is limited and there are minimal local IT resources.
SD-WAN uses software, implemented in the cloud or on-premises, to route traffic to cloud applications. In order to address common network problems such as packet loss, poor connection, and service outages, SD-WAN routes and manages cloud traffic from a dedicated location. SD-WAN assesses the incoming requests, and routes traffic efficiently to the necessary data center, branch, or application.
Check Point’s SD-WAN Security Solutions are dynamic, flexible, and efficient. Check Point offers both cloud-based and on-premises security for SD-WAN software solutions.