Although MPLS network links can be managed within a software defined WAN architecture, SD-WAN can offer a less expensive, more secure, and higher performing option.


  • Deep Network visibility
  • Intelligent Application Routing
  • Cost efficient*
  • Embedded security such as vNGFW, AutoVPN and segmentation
  • Direct cloud access
  • Single click connectivity & resource allocation


  • No analysis of data
  • No application recognition or bandwidth management
  • Cost inefficient**
  • Dedicated line, traffic is backhauled for inspection
  • Backhauled to data centre then to cloud.
  • MPLS Can have several week delay to add capacity

* Providing optimised, multi-point connectivity using distributed, private data traffic exchange and control points.
** Distributed locations are connected to a central data centre using a hub and spoke topology. In this model, all WAN traffic, dataflows and network transactions are routed and distributed centrally. In practice, this is highly inefficient and costly compared to an SD-WAN solution. Transactions, including access to cloud services or the internet, required traffic to be backhauled to the data centre for processing and redistribution.

Use case example.

One key benefit from SD-WAN is its overall lower
total cost of ownership.

Implementing an SD-WAN solution allows you to
benefit from:

  • No need for technical expertise to set up remote sites
  • Troubleshooting is no longer a time-consuming process
  • Mitigate the need for manual intervention with changes
  • Less reliance on MPLS due to leveraging cheaper internet links

Why Choose NCL?

For over a decade, we’ve developed a strong reputation amongst our customers and partners for consistently delivering services which help businesses perform optimally and securely. This is why the relationships we’ve developed over the years have become long-standing and deeply trusted.

We’re very proud to have provided continuous IT support to the MoD for over 12 years. This length of service is a testament to the trust the MoD place in our people to deliver results, time and time again. Today, we provide situational awareness of the MoD’s globally-deployed application performance while assisting in troubleshooting issues and collaborating with other delivery partners to solve problems faster.

The lessons we’ve learned in Defence are applied to our engagements with customers in the enterprise sector too, ensuring robust network and cyber management for medium to large scale organisations. We use our long-standing experience in end-to-end performance management as a foundation for all of our services, so we can better define a customer’s complete requirements and deliver a more effective solution, whatever the field of technology. Offering market-leading technology and trusted managed services from ‘Floodlight’ - our own UK sovereign SOC, we work closely with customers in Driving Digital Vigilance across industry sectors.