Multi Branch Network

What is a Multi Branch Network?

Multi Branch Network refers to the element used to distribute information from and among remote sites, stores, branch offices and data centers.

Multi-site companies of all sizes, school systems, retailers and other distributed organizations of all types are branch networks that operate. However, as network complexity and security problems grow, many branch networks feel increasing pressure.

Complexity of Multi Branch Networks

Branch networks have never seen higher expectations for connectivity that is always active than they are today. At the same time, when sites go directly to the internet, they face new security risks. Digital transformation efforts are driving locations that used to have a single network, low speed to place multiple networks, higher performance (especially for retailers with in-store wifi, video kiosks and sales stations) to handle new media and interactive cloud-based applications such as Office 365. These all combine to make the branch network a difficult task for even the most skilled IT teams.

As business grows, the need for new sites often requires a speed of deployment that is not fully supported by traditional infrastructure and incurs unwanted costs to meet minimum bandwidth requirements. Traditional WAN technologies such as MPLS are quickly becoming obsolete and expensive when managing modern branch networks.

Bandwidth requirements and costs only increase with the adoption of cloud computing. With the accessibility of cloud applications and SaaS, increased IoT devices, and increased employee and consumer devices, network bandwidth can be quickly pushed to capacity. The increasing popularity of video and sound technology ensures this trend does not slow down in the near future. Branch networks with traditional WAN technology can take a long time to provide and are difficult to use.

Management and Consolidation

Enterprise-oriented NetData solutions enable organizations to bring network operations and management into one console. With a consistent display everywhere – from data centers to remote sites and branch offices – IT can better understand exactly what’s happening across the network to increase security and cut response time. In addition, the ability to manage several types of connections, provide bandwidth quickly and bring up new sites at a lower cost, and it’s easy to see why more and more branch networks are switching to NetData.