Gartner Research

SD-WAN: CSPs Must Seize the Internet Opportunity

Published: 04 April 2018

ID: G00344125

Analyst(s): Naresh Singh , Gaspar Valdivia

Summary

Software-defined WAN is fostering adoption of the internet as the primary connectivity access service for corporate VPNs. Technology strategic planners at CSPs seeking growth from enterprise networking services need to evaluate opportunities and risks for internet-based WAN services.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • SD-WAN Adoption Is Making It Easier for the Enterprise WAN Architecture to Include Direct Internet Access for Small and Branch Offices
  • Low Cost Broadband Has Gained Popularity as WAN Connection, but It Is Not Always a Predictable Alternative for WAN Edge Connectivity
  • Sourcing Internet Access From Multiple Local ISPs Often Means Enterprises Must Address a Great Deal of Incremental Complexity (in Both Management and Security)

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