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Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) is gaining traction and market share, with more and more enterprises adopting it as a better way to manage hybrid, cloud-connected networks. For IT professionals, SD-WAN is an innovative way to orchestrate application delivery, accelerate application performance, and unify network connectivity across hybrid networks. When implemented correctly SD-WAN can also improve network management, increasing business agility and reducing time to revenue.
With SD-WAN solutions on the rise, it’s worth taking a look at what key industry analysts have to say about this emerging technology. What can it do for your business? What should you look for if you’re considering making the change? And is it here to stay or will it soon be replaced by the next big thing? Here’s what the key analysts who’ve weighed in on SD-WAN have to say.
“Software-defined WAN solutions are highly appealing for their efficiency, flexibility, and security benefits. Our survey showed that although still emerging, software-defined WAN solutions are integral in shaping the future of WAN management.” – Forrester Analyst
As a global leader in market research, everyone turns to Forrester to learn which technology and trends we should be adopting next. And here it is—Forrester predicts that SD-WAN is integral to the future of WAN management. In this Technology Adoption Profile Report, Forrester explores hybrid networks in the cloud era, finding that while hybrid topologies have the potential to increase network capacity and reliability, they’re often too complex, delicate, and expensive to maintain. The report explains why 90% of network managers are looking to evolve their wide area network (WAN). And it covers what networking technologies are necessary to compete in the digital age, and what capabilities you should look for in a software-defined solution. Download the Forrester Technology Adoption Profile for the inside scoop.
“To successfully serve the growing demand for cloud-based digital business initiatives, infrastructure and operations leaders must fundamentally rearchitect the WAN. Those who do not will inflict an expensive, subpar user experience on internal and external customers.” – Mark Fabbi, Neil Rickard – Gartner
Gartner takes a slightly different approach, focusing on business agility and efficiency in the digital age. With recurring WAN service costs representing 21-25% of the cost to support a typical end-user environment, Gartner finds that traditional WAN fails to deliver the application performance and agility businesses need to stay competitive, and predicts emerging SD-WAN solutions will change the game.
The Gartner report explores how leveraging new technologies including SD-WAN can enable enterprises to become more agile while also driving down networking and IT costs, how to align your WAN strategy and architecture with your business and application requirements, and how to make the most of current market trends plus innovations in WAN optimization. To learn more about driving digital business efficiency and agility with SD-WAN, download the Gartner Report.
IDC addresses both the challenges and opportunities that come with “digital transformation” in the cloud era. For enterprise IT professionals, networking requirements associated with cloud computing are requiring a new approach to WAN architecture and infrastructure. And, like Forrester and Gartner, IDC finds that SD-networking has emerged as a way to accommodate cloud applications and services while also delivering the business agility and responsiveness that traditional networking approaches lack.
IDC reports that new technologies including SD-WAN are “coming to the rescue” and enabling enterprise IT teams to meet cloud computing challenges, and embrace digital opportunities. For guidance on how to transform your WAN architecture, download the IDC Report.
As these reports show, SD-WAN is making waves as an important new networking technology. While these analysts do address key requirement to look for in an SD-WAN solution, when you’re ready to deep dive into your organization’s unique needs talking to an expert can really help. Riverbed offers consultations to discuss what kind of custom SD-WAN solution would work best for your network and how to best implement it using your available resources, plus what kind of ROI you can expect. Contact us now to talk to an expert.
Ready to learn more? Check out How to Pick an SD-WAN Vendor for tips.