New to SD-Branch? 8 Things POS Resellers and MSPs Need to Know
The complexities and costs of IT network management and security in retail stores have reached a breaking point. Some could argue we are well past the breaking point already. Today’s point-of-sale (POS) resellers or managed IT service providers (MSPs) are struggling to effectively deploy, manage and secure the network in these branch locations in an efficient and affordable way.
Branch Technology Sprawl
Branch locations of the retail enterprise are more connected than ever and reliant on always-on, secure network performance. 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 for providers and end users alike.
The Future of Retail IT is SD-Branch
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.