Technology Insight for SD-WAN

Published: 14 September 2018 ID: G00369080

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SD-WAN is a mainstream technology that offers several benefits compared to traditional, router-based WANs. I&O leaders responsible for planning, sourcing and managing WANs can reduce costs and improve agility and uptime by using SD-WAN products.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • Definition
    • Description
    • Benefits and Uses
      • Agility via Improved Management
      • Cost Reduction
      • Improved Branch Availability
      • SD-WAN Uses
      • Adoption Rate
    • Risks
      • Market Confusion
      • Market Fragmentation
      • Feature Limitations
      • Vendor Lock-In
    • Evaluation Factors
      • Scale and Architecture
      • Management and Orchestration
      • Form Factors and Deployment
      • Application Centricity
      • Price
      • Visibility and Security
    • Price/Performance
    • SD-WAN Alternatives
      • Traditional WAN Architectures
      • Network Automation and/or Orchestration Tools
      • Virtualized CPE Platforms
    • Recommendations
    • Representative Vendors
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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