Getting Started with SD-WAN2018-03-16T17:57:51+00:00
With so much industry hype around SD-WAN, it can be difficult to know where to start. Coevolve has been working with clients since 2014 assessing and deploying next generation technologies such as SD-WAN. Across all our client projects, we always start by focusing on the business requirements, rather than the technology itself.
What is SD-WAN?
SD-WAN is a practical example of Software Defined Networking (SDN) technologies. It is a new approach to delivering cloud-first networks that offer the agility, flexibility, cost and performance that are required for today’s applications. SD-WAN allows enterprises to transition away from a device-centric and circuit-centric environment to a network-wide overlay that is abstracted from the underlying infrastructure.
The goal of SD-WAN is to use multiple physical WAN links of any sort to carry business traffic without the need for complex configuration and network engineering. Implementing SD-WAN can involve many decisions to understand the optimal new design, develop the business case and to deploy to industry best practices.
Enterprises are adopting SD-WAN to deliver improvements in cost, reliability, visibility and security in the WAN.
Industry-wide interest in SD-WAN
It seems like everyone is talking about SD-WAN recently. The topic has seen very rapid growth in overall interest:
Industry analysts including Gartner, IHS, IDC and others have made increasingly bold predictions for the growth of the SD-WAN market. In less than 12 months, we have seen SD-WAN transition from early-adopter environments to mainstream offerings. It is now part of almost every WAN refresh discussion in the industry.