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Globe SD-WAN Technology: A Perfect Fit For The Retail Industry

23 Apr 2018

Globe SD-WAN Technology: A Perfect Fit For The Retail Industry

The retail industry is faced with the herculean task of meeting the evolving demands of customers, especially in the age of social media. Everyone wants to keep up with the fashion trends and try out the latest products available at their favorite stores and share them instantly with their family and friends.

But this will prove to be a challenge since not everyone lives in an urban city such as Metro Manila, where the newest trends and products are immediately available. What about those located elsewhere in the country?

Retailers will have to rely on the speed of technology to immediately deliver their newest products to different branches throughout the country or deliver directly to customers for orders processed through online and mobile transactions.

Globe Telecom’s latest Software Defined-Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) technology is well-suited to the needs of the retail industry because it makes managing store branches easier and simpler, and it ensures that all applications perform at optimum levels at all times.

“Software-defined wide area networking will find a home in many areas where agility and flexibility are important to large scale and geographically dispersed networks. One industry fit for this solution is retail,” says Peter Maquera, Globe Senior Vice President for Enterprise Group.

SD-WAN has a plug-and-play configuration that simplifies the process of connecting branches. Individual branch policies can be set at headquarters and deployed across the WAN, providing enterprise-level connectivity to all branches swiftly, regardless of the transport network.

Moreover, SD-WAN enables retailers to easily manage disparate systems in one go. Retailers can control bandwidth allocation per application in all locations without the need for physical configuration in each branch, ensuring faster provisioning. SD-WAN provides quality of service for heavy bandwidth and latency sensitive applications, such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) or videoconferencing in real-time, making it easier to communicate between branches and headquarters.

For instance, if a retailer wants to conduct a staff training session via videoconference from the headquarters to its multiple branches, SD-WAN enables application prioritization to allocate the appropriate bandwidth. SD-WAN will also help retailers keep up with the latest trends in business such as engaging in e-commerce and allowing transactions via mobile phones without putting additional pressure on the company's existing data network.

“It is not enough to simply change the internet speed, an option that is also potentially expensive and can add more complexity and more security requirements to infrastructure. Having the visibility and capability to change the nature of networking is the way forward for retailers by making the network software-defined. This is the way to evolve the enterprise network to keep at pace with the demands of the business and the growing expectations of the customer,” Maquera adds.

Management of existing and new branches with SD-WAN is also simpler and faster since there is no need to rebuild or reprovision the WAN, as the bulk of the work is done using a portal from a centralized location. Given its centralized nature and remote control, using SD-WAN also means fewer site visits to carry out maintenance or updates since these tasks can be done remotely.

Globe Telecom is offering the innovative SD-WAN technology through Globe Business, its information and communications technology arm. Learn more about Globe SD-WAN and how it can benefit your organization.

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