Why Not Test Drive a Managed SD-WAN Solution? June 03, 2021 Shahid Javed SD-WAN false Now you can pilot an SD-WAN network tailored for your operations—and it’s risk-free! Agencies with multiple locations—often struggle when it comes to their networks. Some challenges include: Integrating new tools, apps, and cloud-based services with legacy network technologies Having sites located in different areas with access to vastly different telecommunications infrastructure and broadband capabilities Lacking resources to research, plan and implement network solutions Missing expertise to lead complex and comprehensive network upgrades Any of that sound familiar? If so, you’re not alone. Even large agencies with large IT teams face these hurdles. But perhaps the greatest challenge for distributed agencies is the degree of uncertainty associated with all aspects of the upgrade process. The Industry’s Best Kept Secret That uncertainty, the worry over not getting the right solution or being stuck with a costly solution that doesn’t deliver on promises, causes many agencies to sit on the sidelines without moving forward with network plans until they’re absolutely forced to do so. But sitting on the sidelines isn’t the right choice. Hughes has a dedicated team of Solution Architects and Engineers to design, deliver, and implement Managed SD-WAN proof-of-concept pilot programs that are tailor-made for prospective customers—fully demonstrating a network’s capabilities and allowing the customer to try it at their sites, and validate the results, before they ever buy an SD-WAN platform. These small-scale Managed SD-WAN pilot deployments, which typically involve 3 to 5 sites, show how a solution will work in the actual environment. Since the proof of concept is customized to meet real-world challenges, it is then easier and faster to scale up across the entire agency once the pilot ends. Key findings from the pilot can also be integrated into final plans, adapting and improving the solution based on the pilot results. Most important, as is the case with any test drive, the customer is under no obligation to proceed and there are no costs associated with the pilot. It is truly a free sampling of the solution—one that the customer can experience for 60 to 90 days. How to Take Your Own SD-WAN Test Drive The Hughes small-scale pilot approach follows the exact same process as our larger Managed SD-WAN engagements. In this way, customers get to experience the full benefits of managed services. Following are the high-level steps involved: Conduct discovery session—The process begins with an initial discussion where the dedicated Hughes team learns about specific pain points and goals. We also assign Project Management resources to establish regular meetings and touchpoints, set project schedules and deadlines, and track progress. Define the project test plan—With an understanding of wants, needs, and resources, the Hughes team defines test criteria and determines what success looks like. This includes identifying pilot sites. Design the solution—Our Solution Architects, Engineers, and networking product experts collaborate to design a comprehensive managed service solution. Because SD-WAN solutions often come with peripheral solutions, like wireless access points and VoIP phones, it can be a complex process to deploy a range of networking products that span LAN to WAN. This is where our multi-domain expertise is critical for integrating the different technologies. Deploy the solution—This step covers all aspects of installation, addressing the edge, circuits, security profiles, networking policies, backhaul connections to data centers, field support services, and production. It’s all the elements associated with getting the Managed SD-WAN solution up and running; which typically starts with a lab site, co-located with personnel who can validate applications (often at the Agency HQ), and progresses to the additional production sites. During the design phase, our team recommends which sites are ideal for testing, based on goals, and infrastructure issues such as cabling, circuits, and cell connectivity. But in all instances, we overcome the challenges. Take the wheel—With the pilot in place, the customer can experience the solution first hand. Moreover, it’s an opportunity to see how Hughes can simplify network complexity, reduce strain on the IT team, validate architectures, and ensure that the solution meets specific needs. And with Hughes there to support the pilot and any future deployment, the IT team is also freed up to address the agency's needs and consequently become more agile. As a discovery phase, the pilot provides the chance to iterate the solution in the smaller test environment so it can be scaled into production more quickly if desired. When you consider the test drive is a no-risk, cost-free option, isn’t it time you considered taking your own Managed SD-WAN solution for a spin? 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