Why 2018 is The Year of SD-WAN
With 2018 on the horizon, it only seems fitting that we look ahead to the technology that’s going to define it. No, it’s not virtual reality or artificial intelligence (although, these are turning the tech world on its head). In 2018, Software Defined Wide Area Networking is going to quietly change networking as we know it. And we only say quietly because not everyone is paying attention. Right now, it’s estimated SD-WAN is going to grow 69-percent year over year, making it a $2.3 billion market by 2018 and surpassing $8 billion by 2021. But, what’s propelling this technology forward so fast? Well, a few things.
The Cloud is Widespread
Today it’s not a matter of if you’re integrated into the cloud, but how well you’re integrated into the cloud. Not only are enterprises using the cloud to connect global offices and data centers, but they’re using cloud-based applications to conduct critical business.
This widespread shift to the cloud has laid the groundwork for SD-WAN implementation. IT managers are going to need the power to optimize their cloud applications, and SD-WAN will give them both more visibility and allow them to manage traffic and improve QoE.
Hybrid Networks Require End-to-End Control
Hybrid networks are quickly becoming the new standard for the enterprise because of their ability to maximize the efficiency of their global network. By integrating different technologies, lines and carriers, forward-thinking enterprises are able to achieve the highest availability, bandwidth and scalability. In turn, this also allows enterprises to integrate important technologies like the cloud, or 4G connectivity to go live to market faster in emerging markets.
While hybrid networks are giving enterprises the opportunity to maximize efficiency, they’re also proving challenging and time-consuming to manage. SD-WAN is going to change that. By acting as a virtually augmented overlay network, IT managers will be able to easily adjust elements of their global network with a few clicks instead of spending days tracking down routers and writing complicated rules and configurations. SD-WAN technology is going to give the global enterprise the kind of control they’ve been unable to realize in this increasingly hybrid IT landscape.
SD-WAN Technology is More Mature Than Ever
SD-WAN technology isn’t new, it’s just taken time to mature. A few things had to happen first, amongst them, widespread cloud adoption. We also had to wait for the market to diversify. Today, you can get an SD-WAN solution from the carriers or any of the leading SD-WAN startups. Carrier neutral connectivity integrators, like Custom Connect, can even go beyond the scope of the carriers by implementing SD-WAN over your entire hybrid network when the carriers will only apply an overlay to their own connections.
While SD-WAN is more mature, a standard still hasn’t been agreed upon. Despite this, there are still market-leading solutions that the enterprise can leverage to propel business forward.
First Adopters Will Have a Leg-Up
We see SD-WAN adoption a lot like cloud adoption in the sense that those who integrated first got a leg up. Today, the cloud rules how enterprises do business, and soon, SD-WAN will rule how global enterprises orchestrate their networks.
Learn More About SD-WAN
For more information on SD-WAN check out our blog post, What Is SD-WAN? Or check out our latest video where we talk SD-WAN with our CTO and one of our Solutions Architects. Be sure to also download our white paper on the future of networking.