Among in-house, managed, and hybrid approaches to SD-WAN, how do you know which one is right for a business?
In a large enterprise, network architects often work so thoroughly on choosing the right configuration that it makes sense for the in-house team to continue to manage the network needs including any SD-WAN solution.
For a smaller company, managed services are often the best choice for handling SD-WAN. Employees may not have the depth of network expertise to maintain the SD-WAN, or they may simply prefer to outsource it to managed services so that they can focus on IT strategy or other aspects of a digital transformation plan.
Both options have their benefits, but a hybrid method often goes overlooked.
In a mid-size organization, the decision may be more clouded. In-house technicians may have seen the benefit of being able to handle some aspects of SD-WAN management themselves. In this case, there’s a third option in which a do-it-yourself approach is combined with managed services for a hybrid solution. In this situation, managed services handle some aspects of installation and management, while the company customizes it for optimization.
The hybrid approach is ideal for companies that are ready to deploy SD-WAN but don’t feel completely comfortable handling all aspects of it. In a hybrid solution, the company retains the control of such aspects as setting compliance rules, provisioning of new connections on the network and creating policies around applications. IT teams appreciate the ability to make some changes without the involvement of the managed services provider.
In many situations, the decision whether to do SD-WAN in-house or through managed services comes down to whether they can execute the deployment and management of the network. In general, it’s the bigger enterprises that have the staff available to manage SD-WAN. Smaller companies tend to outsource the service.
Another reason that a company may opt for managed services is bundling. Some companies are choosing SD-WAN in combination with other technologies they’re prioritizing as part of an overall technology strategy. It improves their cost savings to include managed services for SD-WAN as part of the investment. Some companies may also value the direct connection that managed services providers have to the public cloud, which may be hard for individual companies to secure.
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