Wide Area Networks
The Wide Area Network (the WAN) is essential for connecting people and systems, making it possible for everyone to work together and share information.
WANs first emerged in the 1970s and ‘80s with the deregulation of the communications industry and the rise of client-server computing. Back then, most people worked in office locations using locally hosted files and applications. Virtually no one used a WAN to carry voice and video communications or to connect to regularly used cloud services.
But today, WANs are undergoing a major transformation as they are being called upon to simultaneously handle more demanding traffic loads and deliver a better user experience.
According to Cisco (a partner of JCT Solutions), overall business IP WAN traffic will double from 2017 to 2022, a compound annual growth rate of 9 percent. IP WAN traffic will reach 5.3 exabytes per month by 2022.
As more users and processes become dependent on WANs, the quality and consistency of the end user experience is more critical than ever. Any interruption in network performance can be felt throughout the organization.
Options for Choosing the Right WAN
Fortunately, there are a wide range of options for getting greater performance from today’s WANs:
Ethernet and MPLS: More WANs are being based on high-capacity Ethernet and MPLS links. Organizations looking to support voice, video and latency-sensitive cloud services need to consider these options.
VPNs over the public Internet: The options for using virtual private networks (VPNs) running over the public Internet have expanded in recent years, delivering connectivity options at less cost and with a far faster ramp-up than traditional private line solutions.
Overlays and SD-WAN: There are also a wide range of network service options to shape traffic and adapt to the demands of different applications. Software-defined WANs (SD-WANs) provide a different approach to WAN management that increase adaptability to today’s higher demands.
Unfortunately, with all of these options, finding the right WAN solution increases the pressure on already stretched network management teams.
That’s where JCT Solutions can help. We represent today’s top providers of networking solutions including Cisco, Extreme and HP. We work closely with a wide range of organizations and businesses across New Jersey and New York, implementing networking solutions and providing ongoing managed services.