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DIY vs. MNS: Enterprises Must Reassess Their Network Sourcing Model to Prepare for SD-WAN

Published: 08 September 2017

ID: G00333193

Analyst(s): Ted Corbett , Danellie Young


Compared to legacy technology, software-defined WAN products are often easier to implement and manage. The buying decision is more complex; I&O leaders must reassess their current sourcing models to analyze the short- and long-term impacts of do-it-yourself versus managed SD-WAN services.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • First Know Your Capabilities and Costs, Then Compare Different DIY and MNS Sourcing Options
  • Choose DIY for SD-WAN When Your IT Maturity Can Support a Self-Managed Network
  • Choose MNS When Your Enterprise Lacks the IT Capabilities Required for a DIY SD-WAN Undertaking

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