Gartner Research

Use a Multiprovider WAN Strategy to Improve Flexibility and Pricing

Published: 10 October 2012

ID: G00238822

Analyst(s): Bjarne Munch

Summary

Using one network service provider for a primary global WAN is expensive, so most enterprises should use multiple providers for global solutions to improve flexibility and pricing. Network managers should use these guidelines to optimize provider selections by geographic location.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Varying degrees of global Internet connectivity and widespread carrier partnerships will prevent enterprises from using just one global WAN provider
    • Enterprises' Extended Geographic Reach
    • Enterprise Adoption of Cloud Computing Services
  • Enterprises that source global WAN services from various ad hoc providers risk performance issues and inflexible solutions
  • The need for cost-effective, flexible WAN services will lead most multinational enterprises to select multivendor solutions

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