13. Nov
Into the fast lane with SD-WAN Our software defined wide area network guarantees high performance and flexibility

At Porsche Informatik, we provide cloud-based applications and services. To do this, we rely on innovative networking technology that not only guarantees impressive performance, but is above all stable, secure and scalable.

A software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) uses software to combine different network technologies, with the physical infrastructure and the control mechanism being separated from each other. This allows us to flexibly switch between lines and providers and for intelligent, self-learning routing to decide which application or data packet should take which data line.

 

These are the advantages of SD-WAN:

  • Greater flexibility: new locations can be connected very quickly, as LTE lines are available flexibly. With SD-WAN, we are also in a position to react very quickly to increased bandwidth requirements.
  • Cost reduction: the hybrid approach allows us to combine, or even replace, expensive MPLS lines with more cost-efficient internet connections.
  • Availability: more redundant connections and independence from a single provider increase the overall availability of the connected locations.

 

How we are implementing this technology

We intend to use the CloudGen Firewalls from Barracuda to operate our SD-WAN solution for all our locations around the world. Barracuda, with its Traffic Intelligence Features, is quite a pioneer in the field of SD-WAN, the “Porsche” among the SD-WAN providers.

Depending on demand and availability, a mix of MPLS, internet and LTE connections are used.

Based on the application, latency and utilisation of the line, the firewall decides via which link the connection is to run or whether the traffic should be split across both lines.
This means that all lines are used and no individual line gets overloaded. The flexible management allows us to react quickly to changed requirements or new applications.

 

The use of SD-WAN will help us to address the current challenges associated with cloud-based services. We have now integrated 400 locations across Austria into our solution and due to the great success of this operation, we will soon be launching the international roll-out.

Michaela Alker

has held a wide variety of posts in the Infrastructure division in her 15 years with us. She is currently responsible for Communication and Knowledge Management within the Infrastructure & Common Platforms department. Furthermore, she is supporting our company in a strategic realignment in her role as a Change Agent. She is also the spokesperson for the Change Agents.