Cloud-Managed SD-WAN: Simplifying Multi-Site Networks


In the era of digital transformation, businesses with multiple sites face unique challenges in network management. The complexity of ensuring secure, efficient, and reliable connectivity across various locations can be daunting. Cloud-managed Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) emerges as a pivotal solution, offering a streamlined approach to overcoming these obstacles. This blog post explores the role of cloud-managed SD-WAN in optimizing multi-site network management, highlighting the Mako System as a prime example of this technology in action.

The Challenge of Multi-Site Network Management

Managing networks across multiple sites traditionally involves a complex mix of hardware, software, and manual configurations, often leading to increased costs, security vulnerabilities, and management headaches. Each site’s network needs to be individually configured and maintained, requiring significant time and expertise. Moreover, ensuring consistent security policies and performance standards across all locations adds another layer of complexity. This is where cloud-managed SD-WAN solutions like the Mako System come into play, offering a more efficient and secure way to manage distributed networks.

How Cloud-Managed SD-WAN Addresses These Challenges

Cloud-managed SD-WAN solutions revolutionize network management for multi-site businesses by centralizing control and simplifying deployment. With the Mako System, for example, network devices are managed via a cloud-based application, eliminating the need for local configuration. This approach not only reduces the potential for human error but also significantly lowers the risk of security breaches. The Mako System ensures that all private traffic is protected by encrypted VPN Cloud SD-WAN tunnels, providing a secure and reliable connection across all sites without the need for expensive MPLS installations. One of the key benefits of cloud-managed SD-WAN is its scalability. As businesses grow and evolve, adding new sites or adjusting network requirements can be seamlessly managed through the cloud-based management system. This flexibility is crucial for businesses looking to expand without being hampered by network infrastructure limitations. Additionally, the Mako System offers automated software and firmware updates, ensuring that the network remains secure and up-to-date without manual intervention.

The Mako System: A Closer Look

The Mako System exemplifies the advantages of cloud-managed SD-WAN. Designed specifically for distributed enterprises, it provides a PCI-certified, carrier-independent networking solution that is both scalable and cost-effective. The system comprises the Mako Central Management System (CMS) and a range of managed network devices, all controlled through a single pane of glass interface. This setup allows for real-time configuration changes and monitoring, offering businesses unparalleled insight into their network’s performance and security. By leveraging the Mako System, businesses can ensure high availability and reliability across their sites. The system’s Fast Failover feature, for example, automatically switches between terrestrial and cellular broadband to maintain uninterrupted connectivity, a critical capability for today’s always-on business environment. Furthermore, the Mako System’s emphasis on security, with features like encrypted SD-WAN tunnels and PCI DSS certification, provides peace of mind for businesses handling sensitive data.

Embracing the Future with Cloud-Managed SD-WAN

The shift towards cloud-managed SD-WAN is not just a trend but a necessary evolution in network management for multi-site businesses. The Mako System offers a glimpse into the future of networking, where complexity is reduced, security is enhanced, and scalability is inherent. For businesses looking to streamline their network management and secure their communications across multiple locations, exploring cloud-managed SD-WAN solutions is a step in the right direction. In conclusion, the challenges of managing networks across multiple sites are significant, but they are not insurmountable. With cloud-managed SD-WAN solutions like the Mako System, businesses can achieve a level of efficiency, security, and flexibility previously thought impossible. As we move forward, the adoption of these technologies will be key to staying competitive in an increasingly connected world. For more information on how the Mako System can transform your network management, visit our solutions page.

About Mako Networks

Founded in 2000, Mako Networks develops technology to deliver simple, secure, PCI-certified networks to distributed enterprises, such as gas stations, convenience stores, retail chains, quick-service restaurants, health clinics and more. Mako Network's innovative edge security solution is deployed in 22 countries by some of the largest multilocation companies in the world. The All-in-One Mako System provides effortless, nonstop secure networking using proprietary cloud-managed plug-and-play devices that offer speed to deployment and instant scale with no onsite IT required. The Mako System also supports a range of in-demand services, such as SASE, SD-WAN, Cellular Failover, Next-Gen Firewall, Cloud VPN, Wi-Fi and Voice services. The Mako System is sold as a combination of hardware and managed services or as an "as a service" subscription from Mako Networks or its authorized partners. Mako Networks is a global organization based in the United States with offices in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit

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