The difference between SD-WAN and MPLS

This topic is often how the SD-WAN discussion starts.

A network migration to SD-WAN (software defined wide area network) may deliver cost savings, performance improvements and better security.

According to our partners Fortinet, the short answer is that SD-WAN offers better visibility, availability, enhanced performance, and more freedom of action. It’s why the industry has seen interest in SD-WAN rising over the past few years.

Fortinet list the following benefits of SD-WAN over MPLS:

  • SD-WAN delivers potential cost savings.

    By reducing the amount of traffic that needs to traverse the MPLS links, one may utilize commodity internet, reducing MPLS costs.
  • Secure SD-WAN from Fortinet provides better protection than MPLS, because the solution is delivered as an integrated function within a next-generation firewall appliance.

    A wide array of security tools, such as IPS, firewall, WAF, web filtering, anti-virus, and anti-malware are simultaneously deployed, as these are natively part of the NGFW firewall / SD-WAN device.
  • SD-WAN delivers better network performance, utilizing diverse links and paths based on application or traffic type, for example.

    SD-WAN is application-aware, and can thus prioritize traffic accordingly, based on bandwidth, latency and other requirements.

Click here for more information on Fortinet’s Secure SD-WAN solution, or get in touch to discuss a SD-WAN solution that’s right for you and your business.

Our other partner, Aruba Networks, have made this short video which succinctly describes SD-WAN: