Gartner Research

Drive Cost and Value Optimization for WAN Services

Published: 13 October 2015

ID: G00291945

Analyst(s): Danellie Young , Bjarne Munch


Gartner's global IT metrics show an 80% difference between best and worst enterprise total annual WAN cost, which represents 9% to 10% of the total IT budget. Gartner has identified five methods that network managers can employ to decrease WAN expenses.

Table Of Contents



  • On a Per-Office Basis, Align Branch Office Access Availability With Actual Business Needs
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  • To Obtain the Best Price, Create a Competitive Bidding Process
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  • To Save Money, Create a Global Multiprovider WAN
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  • To Ensure Ongoing Expense Optimization, Include Rate Review Language and Exit Clauses in the WAN Contract
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  • Leverage Both Hybrid Internet/MPLS WANs and SD-WAN Technologies to Reduce Branch Office WAN Service, Capex and Opex Expenses
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