When software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) was first introduced, it seemed the technology would fit in specific instances, providing opportunities for a limited number of startups. As broadband use has increased and several other factors have come into play, the rate of SD-WAN adoption has increased, and the pace of growth now demonstrates the potential for billions of dollars in networking services.
The demand for SD-WAN answers many of the challenges facing enterprise network managers in the current technological environment, and it delivers that solution with what is often beneficial in terms of both operating expenses and capital investment. There are several factors that most clearly demonstrate the rise in SD-WAN adoption:
Rising broadband costs: The sheer increase in data being transmitted through the network, including the introduction of Internet of Things (IoT) devices that regularly relay data back through the network, is putting more pressure on the broadband budget. Traditionally, enterprises have relied on multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) links as network pathways, but while MPLS is highly reliable, it can be costly and is cumbersome when it’s time to set up connectivity for a branch location. SD-WAN allows enterprises to leverage other pathways through the network.
Cloud migration: The draw to the cloud is fueled by a variety of benefits, including better performance, agility, lowered costs and improved productivity. The need to replace network connectivity that backhauls transmissions through a WAN to a corporate data center is made more glaring as enterprises require direct connectivity to cloud solutions in the internet.
Branch expansion: As enterprises accelerate growth through new branch locations, the need for SD-WAN adoption becomes clear. An SD-WAN solution makes it possible for branch locations to be provisioned and configured from a virtual network overlay at headquarters, with connectivity completed in minutes, rather than days or weeks. When troubleshooting is necessary, network technicians can identify the problem from their desk, rather than travel to the branch location, saving valuable time and resources.
Software agility and speed: Each cloud solution comes with different network priorities, and SD-WAN adoption allows for the flexibility to answer each of these demands. SD-WAN gives enterprises the ability to plan network solutions and use software-based policies to answer each requirement.
It’s clear that SD-WAN is safe from any designation as a niche market. It’s a network solution that offers network optimization while lowering connectivity costs, answering a myriad of enterprise challenges.
To learn more about how SD-WAN operates in specific business environments and relieves typical network headaches, contact us at Wanify.