Gartner Research

Drive Cost and Value Optimization for WAN Services

Published: 06 October 2014

ID: G00270514

Analyst(s): Danellie Young , Bjarne Munch


Gartner IT metrics show around an 80% cost difference between best and worst enterprises related to IT budget for data networking, which represents 9% to 10% of the total budget. Gartner has identified five ways network managers can decrease networking costs when negotiating a new services contract.

Table Of Contents



  • Align Availability Objectives With Site Topology
    • Recommended Reading
  • Create a Modular RFP to Ensure More Providers Can Participate and Create a Competitive Bidding Process
    • Recommended Reading
  • Include Benchmark Language and Exit Clauses in the WAN Contract
    • Recommended Reading
  • Use a Multiprovider WAN for Global Services to Reduce WAN Costs
    • Recommended Reading
  • Leverage Hybrid Internet/MPLS WAN to Maximize Internet Offload and Reduce WAN Cost
    • Recommended Reading

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