SD-WAN – FortiOS 6.2


SD-WAN is a software-defined approach to managing Wide-Area Networks (WAN). It allows you to offload internetbound traffic, meaning that private WAN services remain available for real-time and mission critical applications. This added flexibility improves traffic flow and reduces pressure on the network.

SD-WAN platforms create hybrid networks that integrate broadband and other network services into the corporate WAN while maintaining the performance and security of real-time and sensitive applications.

SD-WAN with Application Aware Routing can measure and monitor the performance of multiple services in a hybrid network. It uses application routing to offer more granular control of where and when an application uses a specific service, allowing better use of the overall network.

Some of the key benefits of SD-WAN include:

  • Reduced cost with transport independence across MPLS, 3G/4G LTE, and others. l Improve business application performance thanks to increased availability and agility.
  • Optimized user experience and efficiency with SaaS and public cloud applications.

SD-WAN has 3 objects:

  • SD-WAN interface

Also called members, SD-WAN interfaces are the ports and interfaces that are used to run traffic. At least one interface must be configured for SD-WAN to function; up to 255 member interfaces can be configured. See Creating the SD-WAN interface on page 105.

  • Performance-SLA

Also called health-check, performance SLAs are used to monitor member interface link quality, and to detect link failures. They can be used to remove routes, and to reroute traffic when an SD-WAN member cannot detect the server. They can also be used in SD-WAN rules to select the preferred member interface for forwarding traffic. See Performace SLA – link monitoring on page 114.

  • SD-WAN rule

Also called service, SD-WAN rules are used to control path selection. Specific traffic can be dynamically sent to the best link, or use a specific route. There are five modes: l auto: Assign interfaces a priority based on quality. l manual: Assign interfaces a priority manually. l priority: Assign interfaces a priority based on the link-cost-factor quality of the interface. l sla: Assign interfaces a priority based on selected SLA settings. l load-balance: Distribute traffic among all available links based on the load balance algorithm.

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