Citrix SD-WAN

The software-defined evolution of WAN
  • Reduce network costs
  • Boost network and app performance
  • Rapidly provision new sites
  • Protect data in motion
  • Optimise Office 365 / Azure performance
  • Improve employee experience
  • Speed up network administration

About Citrix SD-WAN (Software-Defined WAN)

Software-defined WAN eliminates the need to access individual edge devices and infrastructures by separating out WAN control and management of network connections, security, policies, app flows etc. to easily accessible centralised software.

The 5 main benefits

Reduced
Costs

Citrix SD-WAN enables the bonding of internet connections, allowing you to greater utilise cheaper internet (e.g. broadband, mobile etc.) in lieu of expensive, difficult to scale MPLS connections.

Improved Performance

Citrix SD-WAN improves user experience and boosts application performance (particularly SaaS) by using dynamic path selection to automatically prioritise and route traffic down the best available network.

Bolstered Security

Citrix SD-WAN protects data in motion using IP-SEC encryption and rotating keys and can split application traffic across multiple links to prevent it from being understood by eavesdropping hackers.

Rapid Scalability

New offices can be up and running in minutes rather than days thanks to centralised software that allows zero-touch provisioning and administration of branch and remote sites.

Supercharged Office 365

Citrix SD-WAN has been designated "Works with Office 365" status. As such, it is able to optimise Office 365 and provide drastically improved performance. Read more

Citrix SD-WAN in detail

Bonded Internet Connections

Citrix SD-WAN can combine connections from multiple internet connections including:

  • Broadband (e.g. DSL/Cable)
  • MPLS
  • Mobile (e.g. 4G/LTE)
  • Satellite

Businesses no longer need to rely on expensive and difficult to scale MPLS connections in order to create a stable and secure corporate WAN. Inexpensive and bandwidth-rich broadband can be used, either in place of or in parallel to existing MPLS connections. Companies we are working with have been able to achieve network cost savings of approximately 40-50% following Citrix SD-WAN implementation.

By bonding connections within your new virtual network you can aggregate bandwidth and provide extra resilience. Traffic can be routed to backup links in the event of a primary link going down, with failover happening in milliseconds to preserve optimal user experience.

Dynamic Traffic Routing

Citrix SD-WAN combines software intelligence with your centrally set policies to dynamically redirect traffic as needed in order to maintain the following:

  • Service quality
  • User experience
  • Priority
  • Security
  • Uptime (failover)

More sophisticated than traditional WANs, Citrix SD-WAN can switch traffic automatically and seamlessly to the best available network. Specific applications or devices can be prioritised for bandwidth dedication e.g tills and card machines in a retail environment.

Thanks to Citrix SD-WAN's intelligent routing and prioritisation companies will benefit from significant performance improvements and an enhanced user experience.

Secure and Efficient Connections

Citrix SD-WAN mitigates many of the inefficiencies and bottlenecks that traditional WANs can cause. Frequently, these legacy WANs route all traffic via a data centre regardless of the final destination of the traffic. This can needlessly slow down application performance leading to reduced user experience and productivity.

Developed for digital workspaces, Citrix SD-WAN offers the reliable and secure connectivity required by the huge variety of applications that today’s workforces consume (e.g. legacy / on-premise, cloud, web and mobile). It achieves this by using mechanisms such as deep packet inspection, steering permitted traffic directly to the Internet or cloud security services via next-gen firewalls, bypassing the data centre.

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Optimise Office 365

Give employees the reliable Office 365 performance that they need to be at their most productive by eliminating common WAN inefficiences. Benefits include:

  • Allow local breakout of Office 365 traffic for all your branches simultaneously and route it to the nearest Microsoft front door (5x faster uploads, 10x faster downloads)
  • Reduce latency and improve user experience
  • Integrate with Citrix Workspace for greater visibility, security and control

Data in motion is further protected using IP-SEC encryption, rotating keys and by splitting traffic from designated applications. With traffic splitting, data can’t be understood by eavesdropping, even if a hacker manages to gain sight of one of your network segments.

The balance of security and performance that Citrix SD-WAN affords can significantly boost the speed of adoption of increasingly pivotal SaaS applications.

Centralised Control & Provisioning

Citrix SD-WAN removes the need to physically provision and manage SD-WAN devices by centralising all network control functions in an easily accessible cloud service. Branch SD-WAN devices can be remotely setup by network administrators.

Discovery and setup of new devices within your SD-WAN network is made possible by Zero-touch provisioning (ZTD). Accessible over a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol from any point in a network, ZTD can help companies get new branch or remote sites set up and running within minutes.

Consolidation of branch devices provides further cost savings, particularly for enterprise level companies. Citrix SD-WAN devices incorporate a router, management console, and even a firewall.

What's wrong with MPLS?

MPLS has long been the backbone of corporate networks as it offers reliability and security. More recently, however, businesses are starting to realise a certain rigidity to MPLS that proves a hindrance to digital transformation. Just some of the issues businesses are finding with MPLS are:

  • High costs
  • Long contracts
  • Slow provisioning
  • Admin heavy

Citrix SD-WAN is a far better proposition for today's modern digital workspaces but that's not to say that MPLS can't still play a role. MPLS can be run in parallel to any new SD-WAN architecture or even within a virtual overlay on a legacy WAN. So there's no need to divest all your current infrastructure in order to strike up an SD-WAN.

All the benefits
of Citrix SD-WAN

  • Greater app reliability (reduced congestion)
  • Reslience and reliability (instant failover)
  • Quality of service (prioritised traffic)
  • Faster deployment (zero-touch provisioning)
  • Reduced costs (bonded connections)
  • Simplified admin (centralised console)
  • Easier monitoring and troubleshooting (analytics)
  • Simpler infrastructure (fewer single-function devices)
  • Intelligent traffic routing (dynamic path selection)
  • Integrated security (3rd party solution support)

Exclusive to Citrix SD-WAN

There may be several SD-WAN vendors but only Citrix SD-WAN boasts all of the following benefits:

  • Failover in milliseconds: Invisible to the eye failover provides unparalleled user experience and system / network up-time. Your end users won't even be aware that an issue was encountered.
  • Extensive Azure integration: Citrix works extremely closely with Microsoft when developing all of their solutions. This level of integration ensures your apps and infrastructure hosted in Azure will run like clockwork.
  • Out of the box LTE support: Citrix SD-WAN devices support LTE connections without the need for additional hardware. This helps you to further consolidate your companies branch devices.
  • Unparalleled app support: Only Citrix SD-WAN can detect, classify, and accelerate over 4500 applications. The built in Application Control Engine and Deep Packet Inspection are unique and standout features.

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