Citrix South Africa’s Brendan McAravey discusses the benefits of SD-WAN


South African businesses need to be prepared for the app-savvy customer of the future. This new customer demands always-on attention, but today most businesses are locked into 12 to 24 month contracts with ISPs with limited bandwidth. In addition, connectivity issues are commonplace. This calls for a solution where companies can interchange between multiple connectivity platforms (should there be a failure on the primary link).

Enter SD-WAN. According to IDC, the software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) industry is set to grow at a remarkable rate from the paltry $225 million of 2015 to a $6bn industry by 2020. Software-defined WANs were originally deployed by businesses as a means to connect across multiple branches through the internet with the cloud at its centre.

SD-WAN is particularly ideal for businesses during peak seasons. A case in point is the recent Rio Olympics, where television stations deployed Citrix NetScaler SD-WAN to counteract unpredictable networks. According to Brendan McAravey, Country Manager for Citrix South Africa, “The Citrix NetScaler SD-WAN portfolio provides outstanding delivery of business applications—to any device and any location—with unmatched security, superior L4-7 load balancing, reliable GSLB, and 100 percent uptime. With this solution, businesses can select the connectivity channel of choice and provide first-world connectivity despite third-world challenges.”

As South Africa’s connectivity bouquet grows and we transition to a 5G future, businesses are considering the overall benefits of SD-WAN. “This offering makes sense for growing businesses, where all functions may be managed centrally and business owners can select the ISPs of choice to ensure 100% uptime,” concludes McAravey.

Watch the video below to see Tech IT Out’s interview with McAravey.

Video interview conducted by Darryl Linington

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