SD-WAN

Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) has the power to transform the way you work. An advanced WAN architecture developed to achieve optimal application performance. Discover how SD-WAN can improve your business.

 

How can SD-WAN improve your business?

 

What is SD-WAN?

Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) is an advanced architecture developed to simplify the branch office networking and achieve optimal application performance by leveraging a centrally controlled and managed wide-area-networking virtualisation.

Compared to conventional Wide Area Networks (WANs), SD-WAN delivers improved network agility and cost reduction. Software-Defined WAN originates from Software-Defined Networking (SDN), whose main function is to abstract the network hardware and transport respective characteristics from the applications that use the network.

What is the difference between SD-WAN & WAN?

Similar to server virtualisation which abstracts the root physical hardware from the logical virtual servers that run on it, WAN virtualisation is where a logical WAN connection (to either the Internet or between branch offices) can use multiple underlying connectivity technologies (like xDSL, MPLS, cellular and fibre) at the same time, but presents this connectivity to users and applications as a single direct-to-Internet or secure site-to-site connection.

Smarter WAN
SD-WAN is capable of monitoring area-network health and quality, then using those metrics to make intelligent decisions on traffic flow in an application.

The Benefits of SD-WAN:

  • Real Time Streaming like VoIP and video data can be transported via the lowest latency link.
  • Intelligent failover and active/non-active configurations can be used to guarantee reliability even when a WAN link fails.
  • For additional agility, extra WAN Connections can be added if and when required.

There is no need for human intervention, as all traffic within the respective application is directed automatically by the pre-defined software rules set on the machine.

Advanced Management & Monitoring

You can provision, monitor and manage your Branch Office from your central-hub by using a SD-WAN controller which gives network administrators full-access control over their WANs and remote devices through a single interface.

Intricate VPN configurations, which connect hundreds of branch offices, can be designed and deployed automatically, whilst giving you real time view of WAN performance of all offices.

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Air-tight VPN

SD-WAN uses encrypted VPN to provide branches with secure, local network access to cloud managed resources. SD-WAN improves VPN speeds and over-head costs of each of these offices by fusing multiple connections into a single logical WAN connection.

SD-WAN also provides the ability to offload public Internet traffic at the network edge, reducing traffic sent through the VPN.

Peplink SD-WAN

Peplink SD-WAN supports not only branch office and datacentre connectivity, but mobile, outdoor, and body worn applications too.

Through the power-of-Peplink you can extend your enterprise wide-area-networking to vehicles, temporary business sites, and create personal area networks over 3G/4G and Wi-Fi as WAN connectivity which can be completely managed and monitored from a central-hub and is capable of using multiple WAN links at the same time.

Buy SD-WAN Products

You can purchase SD-WAN routers from
our online store to be delivered, next-day to your site. 

 

Hire SD-Wan Routers

We offer selected SD-WAN routers
for rental, along with unlimited data-options.

 

 

 

 

Why Choose SD-WAN?

Put simply, SD-WAN has the power to transform the way you work. By bonding multiple connnectivity sources together, you can increase bandwidth, reduce latency and improve reliability of your internet.  And all this is managed remotely with Peplink’s increadibly powerful SD-WAN products, backed up with Grapevine’s technical knowhow to ensure you get the best connection possible, wherever you are.

But don’t just take our word for it – see how our SD-WAN solution has transformed the way Realm Pictures work…

SD-WAN as a Service

As a trusted Peplink Partner and SpeedFusion Alliance Member, Grapevine Connect can offer our SD-WAN as a Service so that you can take advantage of Peplink’s amazing FusionHub and SpeedFusion products without having to set up your own cloud server infrastructure.

FusionHub is the virtual SpeedFusion appliance from Peplink. With FusionHub, you can establish SpeedFusion connections between our cloud server and physical Peplink devices.

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Bandwidth Bonding

  • Connect to your cloud server with the combined speed of all your WAN links. Enjoy faster internet access by using our data centres high-throughput connectivity.
  • Remote Streaming: Stream videos and transfer large files quickly, even in remote areas with limited Internet access.
  • Combine Different Sources: DSL, MPLS, 3G, 4G LTE: use them all together to increase your bandwidth.
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Session Persistence

  • Combine any type of connection from multiple ISPs to create a highly available connection between your device and your FusionHub. This connection will provide unbreakable VPN.
  • Packet-Level Seamless Failover: Even when a WAN link fails, your sessions will stay active. VoIP calls will continue without interruption.
  • Cellular Backup Connections: Set bandwidth-limited links (3G/4G LTE) to perform hot failover in case your primary link fails.
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Our Data Facility

  • Securely hosted in dual geographically diverse UK data centres with full resiliency built in as standard
  • Tier 4 aligned
  • 24/7/365 onsite security team onsite security team, secure perimeter fencing, HD digital CCTV with 90-day retention, full access control and audit trail. All security staff are SIA (Security Industry Authority) approved and registered.
  • BS 7858 (British Standard 7858 for all staff) BPSS (All staff are vetted to the Baseline Personnel Security Standard), ISO 27001.
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Features & Benefits

  • Simple and easy to understand pricing model with no hidden costs
  • Pay as You Grow Pricing. Save on initial capital expenditures. Grow your network affordably.
  • Fast setup service
  • Includes free remote support (1hr per month)
  • You have full access to your own instance that is not shared with other customers
  • Access to instance via privately hosted InControl application to ensure security
  • All instances are supplied with unlimited bandwidth limitations unless using the free solo license which offers 100Mbps.

Simple Pricing

SD-WAN as a Service

  • One-off Licence Fee of £95 per-peer (remote device)
  • No Speed Restrictions
  • 1-month rolling contract with 30 days terms
  • Single Fixed Public IP included

Note: Data overages are billed at £0.45 per Gb 

SD-WAN Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I know I need SD-WAN?

If you have a business with multiple office sites locally or abroad all tapping into a singular private network, then SD-WAN could definitely be of great benefit to you.

Is SD-WAN better than MPLS?

Aside from the superior security that SD-WAN offers, another main benefits of SD-WAN over MPLS is that it utilises broadband and 4G which is far less expensive than MPLS

What is the difference between WAN & VPN

A wide-area-network (WAN) is your Cable or DSL connection to the Internet, whereas a VPN is a secure tunnel between two respective networks that facilitates private traffic from applications to flow from one network to another. VPNs are delivered over a WAN or over a LAN.

What is the difference between WAN and SD-WAN?
Wide-aera network (WAN) is the term that is used to define a connection to an internet source such as a broadband modem, cellular network or satellite connection. Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) is a revolutionary way to approach the simplification of branch office networking and assure optimal application performance by using centrally controlled and managed WAN virtualization.


Unlike traditional WANs, SD-WAN delivers increased network agility and cost reduction. Software-Defined WAN has its roots in Software-Defined Networking (SDN), the underlying principle of which is to abstract the network hardware and transport characteristics from the applications that use the network.
 

What does SD-WAN stand for?
Software-Defined Wide Area Networking
Is SD-Wan secure?
SD-WAN is Secure VPN. By using encrypted VPN, branch offices gain secure, local network access to cloud resources. SD-WAN makes these branch office VPN faster and more affordable by combining the bandwidth of multiple connections into a single logical WAN connection. In addition, SD-WAN provides the ability to offload public Internet traffic at the network edge, reducing traffic sent through the VPN.
What are the benefits of SD-WAN?
SD-WAN enabled networks are capable of monitoring WAN health and quality, then using these measurements to make intelligent decisions on application traffic flow. This arrangement has several key benefits:

  • Real time services like VoIP and video can be sent via the lowest latency link.
  • Intelligent failover and active/active configurations can be used to guarantee reliability even when a WAN link fails.
  • WAN connectivity can be added as and when required to provide agility.

Best of all, once configured, all traffic is managed automatically by the software defined rules set on the device – no human interaction is required.

How does SD-WAN help network security?

The SD-WAN layer covers the security of the data as it travels across WAN links. Peplink’s patented SpeedFusion technology provides a significant advantage on this layer. Once the SpeedFusion tunnel is formed, sessions are broken down to packets and sent separately across available WAN-to-WAN connections. Because each connection is encrypted separately, potential hackers would need to obtain the key to every connection.

With Peplink, each secure WAN-to-WAN link is established through a Diffie-Hellman key exchange. The produces randomly changing data encryption keys to protect data with a 256-bit AES cryptographic algorithm. 256-bit AES would take the worlds fastest supercomputer millions of years to crack.

Is SD-Wan a VPN?

SD-WAN is Secure VPN

By using encrypted VPN, branch offices gain secure, local network access to cloud resources. SD-WAN makes these branch office VPN faster and more affordable by combining the bandwidth of multiple connections into a single logical WAN connection. In addition, SD-WAN provides the ability to offload public Internet traffic at the network edge, reducing traffic sent through the VPN.

Is SD-Wan the future?

Yes! If your organisation is not using SD-WAN yet then, why not? SD-WAN is not just for those global organisations, it can bring real benefits to any business or even home user. Benefits such as 100% uptime, enhanced security and bandwidth bonding are all features and benefits that are here and now.

Can SD-Wan reduce costs?

By using SD-WAN, costs can be reduced as you do not need to be tied to a specific connectivity provider. SD-WAN allows you to pick and choose various different types of connectivity ranging from ADSL, FTTC, FTTP, Cellular & Satellite. There is no longer a need to pay exorbitant MPLS prices.

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Grapevine Connect are experts in SD-WAN

 

  • Accredited as a Peplink Certified Gold Partner
  • We can install, manage and maintain SD-WAN systems
  • All project are handled in-house
  • Friendly, knowledgeable in-house support team

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