There’s no doubt that 5G promises an exciting future for businesses. Being able to fully leverage streaming video, augmented and virtual reality, the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) without networks restricting what’s possible means businesses can really start to unleash their creativity. This will result in new, deeper, and more engaged relationships with customers and will let businesses operate in ways that haven’t even been thought of. 

Secure software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) will play a crucial role in this evolution to 5G. The right secure SD-WAN solution will let you maximise the potential of 5G while a substandard solution could prevent you from doing so. 

This raises the question: how do you choose the right secure SD-WAN provider for 5G? 

There are four key factors to consider:

1. Security

Faster networks don’t just benefit consumers and businesses. They also make it faster for malicious actors to launch cyberattacks. This means ensuring your network is as secure as possible is prudent as you start leveraging 5G. Choosing a provider that offers an automated secure SD-WAN solution that uses AI to detect and repel attacks is the first step.

2. Control

Secure SD-WAN boasts ease of management; however, this can depend on your in-house resources. If your IT team is already stretched, you can opt for a fully managed solution that puts the entire burden of managing your SD-WAN solution on the provider. Or you could choose a co-managed model that lets you self-service as needed while still having access to support so your IT team isn’t overwhelmed. It’s important to choose a provider that gives you these options, keeping you in the driver’s seat.

3. Reliability

One of the key benefits of secure SD-WAN is its ability to prioritise critical traffic, ensuring your network stays up and running reliably. Network drop-outs, lag, and latency, can cause end users to feel frustrated with the experience and your business productivity may decline. However, some secure SD-WAN solutions include self-healing capabilities, whereby they can fix connectivity issues before they even become noticeable. Ask providers whether they offer this capability to help your organisation deliver a more consistent and positive user experience.

4. Reporting

Managing service level agreements (SLAs) and ensuring you get what you paid for is crucial. However, if visibility into network performance is low, then you may not have access to all the information you need. Ask providers if they have centralised visibility through a single pane of glass for all of your networking and security needs and deliver end-to-end visibility with comprehensive analytics and reporting.

Adopting 5G is inevitable for Australian businesses, so it’s crucial to start thinking now about how to prepare your network for the demands of the future. TPG has partnered with Fortinet, a global leader in security-driven networking, to bring you a secure SD-WAN solution that’s 5G-ready.

To find out more, download the tip sheet: Secure SD-WAN must be 5G-ready: four important considerations before choosing your provider

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