Peplink’s answers to SD-WAN trends in 2020

Sometimes it is good to stop and have a look to see if the equipment you are using is still up to date with the latest trends.

Back in December 2019 Networkworld published this article about SD-WAN trends to look out for in 2020.
We are well into 2020 now, let’s have a look at how Peplink complies with these predicted trends.

Vendor viability

Doyle Research expects several marginal SD-WAN vendors to either exit the market or be acquired and warned IT executives to carefully evaluate the mid-term viability of their SD-WAN solutions.

Peplink was founded in 2006 and the company been growing since, establishing itself as one of the leaders in SD-WAN technology.
In 2018 Peplink was recognised by Gartner Magic Quadrant for its WAN Edge Infrastructure.
In 2019 Peplink launched several 5G ready products and completed their regional warehouses set up in the US and Europe to improve channel efficiency and reduce inventory risk for their distributors.
They even calculated in that a potential global Coronavirus outbreak could disrupt their supply chain and they increased purchasing from different countries to avoid potential component shortage.
Those are some of the key indicators that should give any IT executive enough confidence to buy Peplink products.

Peplink is going from strength to strength – disrupting and challenging the industry it is currently an active leader in.

Accelerating cloud onramps

Enterprises continue to increase their use of multiple infrastructure as a service platforms (IaaS) such as Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, Oracle and others.

Peplink has got this covered.
Fusionhub, the virtual SpeedFusion appliance from Peplink, runs on nearly all mainstream virtual machine software including Amazon Web Services, VMware, Citrix XenServer, Oracle VirtualBox, and Microsoft Hyper-V.
Peplink has recently also launched its SpeedFusion Cloud, which consists of a number of SpeedFusion endpoints hosted by Peplink in datacentres around the world.

The Speedfusion cloud allows anyone owning a Peplink router to establish a VPN connection to the SpeedFusion cloud which will allow you to combine several WAN connections in one single bonded connection, or to quote Peplink: “ The SpeedFusion Cloud will connect your device to the nearest endpoint for unbreakable connectivity.”

Cloud First as an enabler of strategic growth requires reliable connectivity.

Improved support for SaaS

During 2020, SD-WAN suppliers will continue to improve their automation of policies designed to deliver appropriate QoS to critical SaaS applications without IT intervention.
IT can set specific policy, security, and compliance criteria within the SD-WAN management portal for each SaaS service.  Some SD-WAN products have specific business relationships and tight integration with leading SaaS platforms, especially Microsoft’s Office 365.

Peplink routers support DPI traffic steering which can be used to intelligently send traffic to specific WAN links within a SpeedFusion connection.
While the above applies to traffic in the SpeedFfusion tunnels only, you can also control outgoing traffic in outbound policy and firewall rules by a region or SaaS (for example Microsoft Office365) using InControl and apply these rules to your WAN traffic.

Peplink is CONTINUOUSLY improving SaaS traffic monitoring and routing.

Built-in security

SD-WAN products should offer robust visibility into applications, protocols, and devices for auditing and compliance. SD-WAN platforms now provide automated policies as to which traffic should traverse specific network links and the ability to whitelist and blacklist traffic from specific locations.

The ability to automatically switch WAN connections depending on network conditions can be configured in using InControl, which allows the network to make routing decision depending on performance or location.
Outbound policies and firewall rules, access control lists to allow or block traffic are configurable using InControl too.

Peplink Technologies are secure by design.

Enhanced security partnerships

During 2020, SD-WAN suppliers will improve the depth of their strategic security partnerships. IT buyers should expect SD-WAN functionality to be integrated with their favourite network security products. These partnerships should provide a single-pane-of-glass console with centralized orchestration and management. Security or IT personnel should be able to easily distribute security policies to remote branch locations. Network security management will become highly automated and include analytics to warn against attacks.

That single-pane-of-glass console with centralized orchestration and management is InControl.
InControl allows you to Manage and Monitor the network security policies for all, or a combination of your network devices.

InControl2 provides deep logging and visibility.

Management, automation and orchestration

SD-WAN is becoming an integral to IT infrastructure, so it must seamlessly scale to hundreds or thousands of locations and play well with existing network- and application-management platforms. During 2020, SD-WAN providers will continue to improve management and automation with:

  • Capabilities to easily set application performance priorities and let the network make routing decisions.
  • The ability for IT administrators to quickly change locations, add or drop ISPs, onboard new applications or connect IoT devices
  • Dashboards that can graphically illustrate the health of the network and the performance of key applications.

Using Peplink’s Cloud-Based SD-WAN Network Management Platform InControl, network Management and Configuration processes can be automated, pushing configuration updates to hundreds of devices in your network.
You can generate useful reports on all aspects of your network. On a single screen, you can push configurations to any and all of your endpoints. If you need to dig deeper, you can remotely access the web admin of any device on your network.

Conclusion

Peplink is more than ready to meet today’s and tomorrow’s SD-Wan trends and requirements!

Erik de Bie
Erik de Bie joined Slingshot6 in 2020 after working for Peplink as a Technical Consultant. Over the years he has supported network engineers working for big global brands as well as every shape and size and type of managed service provider, reseller and end user.

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