Enterprises considering adoption of software defined-wide area networks (SD-WANs) should learn from the experiences of earlier implementers. A new survey of more than 100 IT decision makers (ITDMs) who have taken that path reveals that SD-WAN implementations have occurred faster than expected and outperformed expectations of key capabilities that are critical for driving digital transformations.
SD-WAN is one of the fastest growing segments of the network infrastructure market, according to market research, with a compound annual growth rate projected at more than 30% through 2023. The advantages of the technology are fairly widely understood: quicker to implement, more flexible, and less costly than legacy WAN options such as MPLS. The survey indicates that speed of implementation meets, exceeds or far exceeds in almost all cases.
The survey of those that have implemented SD-WAN, conducted by IDG with Comcast Business, indicates that priorities have shifted away from cost issues, with almost 90% of survey respondents expressing confidence the technology will enable their digital transformation initiatives. Users have experienced better than expected results of implementing SD-WAN, with 50% of respondents indicating that their expectations exceeded or far exceeded in delivering key benefits.
To learn more about how SD-WAN implementations are faring, download the full IDG report: SD-WAN Implementations Are Beating Expectations.