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How AI Technology Can be Used in an SD-WAN Solution

June 7th, 2023 | 4 min. read

By Jordan Pioth

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If your IT team is focused on other business issues or you do not have internal resources to manage and maintain your network, it can be challenging to operate a well-run network.

In these situations, an SD-WAN solution can help your organization manage and maintain your network.

Some SD-WAN solutions use AI technology to help manage and maintain the performance of an organization’s network. This can help your organization ease the burden of managing the network on your own.

Coeo has helped improve the network performance of thousands of customers by delivering SD-WAN solutions.

We know how important a reliable and secure network is to an organization and want to provide you with information on SD-WAN so you can determine if it will improve the network performance of your organization.

By the end of this article, you will know what SD-WAN is, how SD-WAN leverages AI technology, and if SD-WAN is a good fit for your organization.

What is SD-WAN?

SD-WAN or Software Defined Wide-Area-Network, is an overlay network that is built on top of underlying network connections.

The solution is carrier agnostic so it doesn’t matter who you receive internet from and can be leveraged using any underlying internet provider.

SD-WAN is applied as a software network that is connected by encrypted tunnels. Because these tunnels are encrypted, it ensures that the data being sent is always secure.

SD-WAN appliances continuously monitor the availability and performance of each network service. This allows data to be sent over the most reliable network service.

Data traffic is then classified based on application, ensuring it is sent out over the fastest, most reliable service.

How SD-WAN leverages AI technology

An SD-WAN solution can help your organization manage and maintain its network without having to rely on an IT team to accomplish this.

IT teams are often focused on other projects within the organization resulting in network management and maintenance being neglected.

When this happens, network vulnerabilities may be exposed which negatively impacts the performance of your network.

Your organization can use AI technology through an SD-WAN solution in many ways including:

Routing traffic

SD-WAN uses multiple connections at the same time to route traffic over the fastest, most reliable, and most secure connection.

An SD-WAN solution relies on AI technology to route traffic over the best possible connection enabling data to be sent and received most efficiently.

An SD-WAN solution is also highly customizable so your organization can prioritize data to ensure that it gets sent over the fastest, most reliable connection ahead of other data.

For example, if you have an important contract that must be sent out, you can prioritize that piece of data and it will be delivered over the most secure and reliable connection.

AI algorithms within an SD-WAN solution may also pick up patterns and learn the data and connections over time and adapt to those patterns.

SD-WAN can use AI technology to improve network performance and optimize traffic routing by adapting to changes within the network and with user behavior.

Ability to identify network faults quicker

AI technology can automatically detect faults within your network automatically and alert your IT team when issues arise.

This helps you automatically identify issues within your network so your IT team is not focused on identifying network issues manually.

As a result, your IT team will have more time to focus on other important IT projects within your organization.

For example, a network cable may disconnect from your network resulting in employees being disconnected from the network and being unable to perform their work.

Your IT team may have to manually identify the source of the problem by physically checking the hardware and cables without AI technology in an SD-WAN solution.

AI technology embedded in an SD-WAN solution can automatically identify the source of the problem, saving your IT team time and getting your network back up as soon as possible.

If you would like to learn more about SD-WAN, check out our SD-WAN Buyer's Guide:SD-WAN BUYER'S GUIDE

Is an SD-WAN solution a good fit for your organization?

If your organization is struggling with network performance or security and your IT team is overworked and focused on other projects, SD-WAN may be a good fit for your organization.

SD-WAN will improve network performance and security, as well as create less work for your IT team.

As a result, your employees will be able to use the network to connect to the internet or make and receive calls over the internet much easier resulting in improved productivity and efficiency within the organization.

However, your organization may already have network reliability, excellent security, and ample IT staff to focus on the network.

In this case, your organization may not need to invest in an SD-WAN solution.

However, it may be worthwhile to check the network connectivity and perform network security tests to ensure there are no network vulnerabilities before ruling out an SD-WAN solution.

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Next steps to investing in an SD-WAN solution

Now you know what SD-WAN is, how SD-WAN uses AI technology, and if an SD-WAN solution is the right fit for your organization.

This will help you determine if your organization can benefit from using an SD-WAN solution.

No one wants to have a poor-performing network that makes it difficult for employees to connect to the internet. This can result in poor employee production and efficiency.

In addition, an overworked IT team can lead to poor production and a poor-performing network. Using AI technology in an SD-WAN solution will improve these issues and increase the productivity of your organization.

Coeo knows how important a reliable network is and has delivered thousands of SD-WAN solutions to customers.

We want you to know how AI technology implemented in an SD-WAN solution can benefit your organization.

If you would like to speak with our team to learn more about SD-WAN or network connectivity challenges or ask any questions you may have you can schedule an appointment. TALK TO AN EXPERT

Now you know how AI technology can be used in an SD-WAN solution. Read this article to learn the challenges SD-WAN can solve for your organization:

Jordan Pioth

When he's not creating content for Coeo, Jordan loves to watch sports, hang out with friends and family, and anything sneaker-related.