SD-WAN and VPN connections are mission-critical for enterprises, customers and users. It is vital to validate that they:
- Work at provisioning time
- Continuously work without intermittent or more constant failures
- Minimize time to resolve any issues
Netrounds validates and automates all three above named phases. Active measurements are used in Layer 1 – Layer 7 to validate the network services that are consumed by end-users and customers.
The life-cycle phases of the SD-WAN and VPN service is addressed in the following actions:
- Provisioning time: Netrounds performance advanced service activation testing, including QoS classes, throughput tests, stateful TCP tests, and higher-level services like simulating VOIP calls. This generates an automated test-report.
- Continuously monitoring the SD-WAN/VPN: with second resolution you will get real-time SLA monitoring of the complete topology from an end-user perspective. SLA alarms are generated at any violation.
- When issues occur Netrounds can perform white-box testing and sectionalize the network and isolate where the issue is and what exactly the issue is.
In SD-WAN environments the SD-WAN vendor has basic validation to cover the links, however these do not normally cover the services consumed by end-users such as DNS, VOIP, and video. They are also fairly limited to basic measurements on the network layer. Netrounds adds the following to an SD-WAN network:
- Ensuring the service works in the network service the customer is using
- Inclusion of any network functions and applications outside the SD-WAN vendor
- Advanced full-mesh test and monitoring
- Bandwidth tests
Netrounds covers flexible use-cases and topologies as illustrated in the figure below: