ATC Lab Services Helps Mega-Scale Retailer Test SD-WAN Vendor Solutions
The Advanced Technology Center (ATC) Lab Services Team helped design, build and execute a proof of concept (POC) with a Mega-Scale Retailer that was interested in a global technology refresh of their retail stores and distribution outlets. The ATC Lab Services Team and Retailer evaluated SD-WAN solutions from four vendors against a standard test plan created in conjunction with the Retailer's priority use cases.
A Mega-Scale Retailer was looking to test out SD-WAN solutions to drive ROI from MPLS circuit savings with their ISPs. They were prevented from doing so, however, due to the time and costs associated with procuring and staging a test environment in addition to constraints on their IT staff. A proof of concept (POC) to compare leading SD-WAN vendors likely would have taken the customer 6-12 months to execute on their own.
SD-WAN solutions from the targeted vendors needed to show how easily traffic could be recognized and segmented into business critical and non-business critical data. More importantly, the SD-WAN solution needed to be easily configurable for steering of this critical and non-critical data over MPLS connections and internet connections.