Blog entry by Jack prabha
Any recent event or article discussing trends in networking technology is sure to mention SD-WAN. If you’re not familiar, SD-WAN is a software-defined approach to networking and is currently one of the hottest enterprise networking technology trends. It provides a networking solution that lays over traditional network infrastructure to optimize and simplify the management of a wide area network.
Today it is most commonly used to connect two branch locations of an organization but can also be used to connect cloud infrastructure to other cloud or on-premise data centers. Companies of all sizes are looking at SD-WAN as the next evolution of their networking technology. This is evidenced by the fact that the market is growing by over 30% year over year.
The challenge that many companies face when selecting SD-WAN vendors is that not all SD-WANs are created equal. The term has not standardized on what qualifies as SD-WAN and what doesn’t. Further complicating things is the fact that there is not a sole SD-WAN vendor packaging all of the most common features into a single solution to rule them all.
So what does this mean for those tasked with looking into SD-WAN vendors? It means that this is not yet a commoditized offering and that organizations must approach their research with a thorough understanding of their objectives and use cases before looking at vendor offerings. As the industry begins to sort itself out, solutions are falling into a few different buckets. The following list can help identify the different offerings on the market.