Applications that manage warehouse operations need to be fast, reliable and cost-efficient. A large Wholesaler had determined SD-WAN would improve the quality of service of warehouse applications and streamline operations.
The modern approach to branch routing would allow them to centrally manage 600 sites from the cloud, which would lessen the cost of maintaining legacy on-premise infrastructure. Two routers operating at each site would provide greater redundancy and better quality of service than the company’s existing MPLS circuits.
Before coming to WWT, the Wholesaler had been exploring Cisco SD-WAN (Viptela) and another leading SD-WAN solution. To move forward with infrastructure modernization initiatives, they needed a safe place to compare the products away from their production environment.
The company used the WWT Advanced Technology Center (ATC) to perform a proof of concept product comparison. WWT recreated the customer’s branch network in the ATC providing a safe environment to test the competing solutions head to head. To mimic the Wholesaler’s branch network, WWT used the following testing tools, which are available through the ATC:
WWT performed a series of test cases that included:
The Wholesaler was able to execute the proof of concept in four business days. If the company tried to conduct the proof of concept internally, it would have taken them more than eight weeks based on the time it would take to organize and build the lab, as well as coordinate vendor support and visit vendors onsite.
Additionally, the Wholesaler saved an estimated 200 hours of IT staff time needed to conduct the proof of concept, which would have pulled staff away from production-related responsibilities.
Ultimately the Wholesaler determined that Viptela was the right SD-Wan solution for them. Factors influencing their decision included Viptela’s abilities related to:
Because of WWT’s accelerated approach to product comparisons through the ATC the Wholesaler is on track to pilot Viptela before large-scale deployment.