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SD-WAN Is Causing Disruption in the Enterprise WAN Edge

Published: 16 June 2017

ID: G00326501

Analyst(s): Bjarne Munch


I&O leaders responsible for network planning should use SD-WAN in their next evolution of WAN architecture. However, the constantly increasing number of suppliers entering this market with innovative and disruptive products and services makes vendor choice risky, but the reward is substantial.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Many infrastructure vendors have launched SD-WAN products with different functional, operational and financial propositions, making it challenging for I&O leaders to select the best vendor and product to meet their needs
    • Routing Vendors
    • Pivoting WAN Optimization Vendors
    • Pivoting WAN Virtualization Vendors
    • Pivoting Security Vendors
    • Pure-Play SD-WAN Vendors
  • Many providers have launched managed SD-WAN services with different service scopes, geographic reach, and business models, making it challenging for I&O leaders to select a provider and service best able to meet their needs
    • Carrier-Managed WAN
    • MSP and System-Integrator-Managed WAN
    • Cloud-Managed WAN
    • WAN Overlay

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