3 Reasons Why Organizations are Embracing SD-WAN
There’s very little question now: Most agree that SD-WAN has officially arrived in the marketplace. As we made our rounds at Cisco Live last month, you couldn’t drop into a session or listen to a presentation without the mention of SD-WAN and the impact it will have across many industries.
And it’s more than just a discussion. In a recent survey conducted by EMA Research, 30% of survey respondents reported having fully deployed SD-WAN to ensure necessary network availability. And IDC predicts that worldwide SD-WAN revenues will exceed $6 billion in 2020 with a compound annual growth rate of more than 90% over the 2015-2020 forecast period.
Organizations are embracing SD-WAN as they look to incorporate new strategic initiatives into their business, such as hybrid cloud, while working to reduce costs and innovate faster. SD-WAN offers a myriad of benefits at a time when organizations are incorporating technology into every aspect of the business, from proprietary applications to digital signage.
If you haven’t yet considered SD-WAN for your organization, here are the 3 biggest reasons it’s being embraced by IT pros:
Ease of deployment. SD-WAN allows networks to be managed through a single interface, rather than making manual changes in individual branch locations. Long gone are the days of needing tech-savvy employees to turn nobs on routers to make configuration changes. This equates to more time and resources that can spent on other tasks for the network administrator.
Universal policies. It’s not quite set it and forget it, but it’s close. SD-WAN has universal policies, providing automation to help ensure necessary network availability. For instance, if one link is overloaded or isn’t working properly, SD-WAN can seamlessly transition to backup links, automatically adapting to changing conditions. This level of automation is one of the compelling features that makes SD-WAN so attractive to customers.
Flexibility for innovation. The true benefit of SD-WAN comes in how organizations will be able to innovate while using it. In a time when there has never been more pressure on organizations to create new technical offerings faster, they won’t be slowed down when using SD-WAN. Large amounts of data can traverse the WAN with ease, automatically finding the easiest way from point A to point B. This makes sure that teams are able to concentrate on the task at hand - not why it’s taking so long to get where they need to go.
In order to remain competitive in 2016 and beyond, businesses need to embrace emerging technologies like SD-WAN. For more on SD-WAN, hear Jim Metzler of Ashton Metzler & Associates talk about SD-WAN’s impact on the industry today.