Successful businesses require secure networks to connect employees and keep confidential information safe. Depending on your needs, a virtual private network (VPN) or software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) may be the right solution. Each has unique advantages, so understanding them fully will allow you to invest in the right option for your short- and long-term goals. Here’s a helpful guide to get you started.

What Are the Benefits of a VPN?

A VPN is a software that creates a security tunnel when a user deploys it, blocking those outside the network from seeing their activity. The software also encrypts transferred data so public servers can’t decipher it. It’s convenient for remote employees who need to transfer files to in-office staff safely.

While VPNs are secure, they only connect two endpoints, so your organization might require multiple running simultaneously. Many commercial options connect to large international servers. Since offered speeds can vary depending on how much traffic each server experiences, look for one that actively locates servers with less traffic for a fast, reliable connection. Also, choose a service that works with multiple operating systems and devices. This ensures VPN coverage whether you’re on a Mac®, PC, smartphone, or tablet.

What Are the Benefits of an SD-WAN?

sd-wanSD-WAN is a sophisticated network program that monitors traffic and chooses the optimal path for data transfer. Unlike VPNs, it transfers media over broadband internet, mobile networks, and other telecom pathways. The intelligent design prioritizes data as needed, ensuring traffic doesn’t slow down the network.

SD-WAN operates over the cloud, so it can handle large amounts of data without slowing down. The software actively transfers activity to another network when there’s a service failure, eliminating downtime. 

 

To secure these and other cybersecurity services for your network, contact Mojo Tech. Based in Long Island, NY, this company has IT consultants nationwide to serve clients across the U.S. They maintain a large network of providers and connect customers with a range of customized solutions. Visit their website to explore the full scope of their services, or call (631) 604-4318 to schedule a consultation.