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.