By 2020, the software defined networking in a wide area network (SD-WAN) industry, which was worth about $225 million in 2015, will develop into a $6 billion industry, according to the IDC. This dramatic explosion of the SD-WAN market is due to a rise in bandwidth needs, coupled with calls to reduce IT spend.
This tension between dwindling budgets and increased need is driving investments in SD-WAN technologies because of the cost savings, reduced network complexity and improved performance this approach to SDN offers.
Below are a few IT challenges easily addressed via SD-WAN.
Ever increasing IT complexity: As IT environments become more technologically advanced; they also become more complex. IT leaders and CIOs are being called on to deal with all of these changes, while also delivering new services and improved performance. One of the chief benefits of SD-WAN is its ability to manage multiple types of connections, which simplifies the enterprise network and reduces network complexity at the same time.
Managing multiple sites: Let’s imagine your business has several branches and you’ve decided to roll out teleconferencing to all the different branch offices. In the past, this would have required an on-site technician to visit each branch and make the necessary changes to network configurations. Managing a WAN using software allows a business to handle all issues via a single interface, making it easier to make any changes they might be needed.
Handling security concerns: In 2016, a survey from Versa Networks revealed that organisations are struggling to adequately secure their WANs. This is particularly problematic at branch locations. With software solutions on the market that integrate both SD-WAN and security, organisations can enjoy increased agility without the risk.
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