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The complexities and costs of IT network management and security in retail stores has reached a breaking point. Some could argue we are well passed the breaking point already.
Today’s retail IT professional, point-of-sale (POS) reseller, or managed IT service provider (MSP) is struggling to effectively deploy, manage, and secure the network in these branch locations in an efficient and affordable way.
Branch locations of the retail enterprise are more connected than ever and reliant on always-on, secure network performance. Over the years and intensified by continual digital transformation, the retail branch WAN has come to include many siloed technology solutions – POS systems, Wi-Fi routers, cellular failover modems, firewalls, switches, digital signage, and an array of network-connected IoT devices. This “branch technology sprawl” has resulted in complex, expensive, and inflexible infrastructure.
Furthermore, securing this network for optimal uptime and protecting sensitive data in today’s world of POS intrusions has become another layer of complexity. IT organizations have deployed a variety of security point-solutions such as next-gen firewalls, VPN, intrusion detection systems, anti-virus, and data encryption. These solutions, typically from various vendors, result in both overlaps and gaps in security while creating additional cost and complexity.
Fortunately, these challenges can be solved, and SD-Branch platforms are becoming the new standard for retail IT network management and security.
Software-defined branch (SD-Branch) is defined as a single hardware platform that enables SD-WAN, network routing, security, WAN optimization, LAN and Wi-Fi functions, cellular failover, and virtualized network functions (VNF). SD-Branch converges all these functions into an easy-to-deploy platform that can also be centrally managed via the cloud.
SD-Branch is the closest thing to a “branch network-in-a-box” and offers greatly improved operational agility – driving innovation while reducing risk. To get started with SD-Branch, it is important to know the following business benefits and selection criteria.
Ready to dig deeper into SD-Branch? If you’re a retail IT manager, POS reseller, or MSP, watch this video introduction to Netsurion BranchSDO and consider scheduling a live demo.
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