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Assessing the Strengths and Weaknesses of SD-WAN Technology

Published: 16 October 2019


SD-WAN promises to modernize the organization’s network by supporting intelligent, secure and distributed connectivity that enables cloud, edge and IoT initiatives. This research helps I&O technical professionals assess SD-WAN technology against their WAN architectural requirements.

Included in Full Research

  • SD-WAN Technology Description
    • Characteristics and Benefits
  • WAN Modernization
  • SD-WAN Connectivity Architecture
    • Anatomy of a Typical SD-WAN Solution
    • SD-WAN Connectivity Elements
  • Navigating SD-WAN Vendor Implementations
    • How SD-WAN Solutions Differ
    • What to Look for in an SD-WAN Solution
  • Deployment Models
    • SD-WAN as a Service
    • SD-WAN Over-the-Top Overlay
    • SD-WAN as a Managed Service
  • Security
    • Physical or Virtualized Distributed Security
    • Security as a Service
  • SD-WAN Use Cases
    • Application-Based Routing
    • Hybrid WAN
    • Distributing Secure Direct Internet Access
    • Extending SD-WAN Connectivity to IaaS and SaaS Environments
    • SaaS Optimization
    • Multicloud Connectivity
    • IoT and Edge
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


Mohini Dukes

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