By Jim Hilbert, Chief Revenue Officer
The advancement of cloud, SaaS, and mobile computing have created disruptions for enterprises of all sizes. The largest technology revolution is reshaping the way enterprise IT and their organizations work with data and applications.
Mission-critical applications are at the forefront of the cloud and SaaS-based trend. Companies are moving away from hosting applications within their corporate data center and moving everything to an external location. Business productivity and execution rely on the performance of these mission-critical applications. Global connectivity is transforming businesses because of this trend.
For many CIOs, it is becoming clearer that their legacy networks are not equipped for the demands of modern connectivity. Many are turning to SD-WANs to step up their game for this new “marketplace.”
IDC Expects $6 billion in sales by 2020
SD-WAN revenues are expected to be over $6 billion by 2020, according to a recent report by IDC. This increase over 2015-2020 projects a growth rate of more than 90%, and indicates the need for advancement in WAN technology today. The opportunities it opens up for businesses are based on the growth of cloud, the requirement for simplified branch office management, and business initiatives to reduce MPLS costs.
However, the main question to ask is, “What is the most compelling reason for your organization to adopt or consider SD-WAN?” There are several answers to this question.
Here are the top four reasons why CIOs are considering an SD-WAN deployment:
Legacy network technologies like MPLS are not flexible, and in some cases, deploying a new site or location can take 60-120 days, drastically impacting business expansion and productivity. Enterprises that are considering an SD-WAN deployment need to look at providers that can enable global connectivity in the shortest time possible.
SD-WANs helps businesses reduce costs in the form of bandwidth savings compared to MPLS. A global SD-WAN, provided as a fully-managed service, will ensure CIOs can save on network maintenance and management costs, while at the same time freeing up IT resources to focus on more strategic business initiatives.
It is critical for organizations to ensure their networks are secure and in compliance within each geographical region, especially with their business applications moving outside the corporate firewall and into the cloud. An SD-WAN, where the provider owns the network, has the ability to deliver a multi-layer security model with enterprise-grade network security, physical security, and access control.
Because they rely on the public internet (in the absence of MPLS) for connectivity, most SD-WANs today fall short in delivering fast and reliable application performance. In some cases, SD-WAN-based hybrid architectures use MPLS for performance, but this can result in legacy network shortfalls such as long deployment timelines, high cost and lack of optimized cloud access support. Conventional SD-WANs that do not rely on MPLS must depend on congested public networks, which are known to deliver poor application performance due to high packet loss and fluctuating latencies.
Your Business is Only as Good as Your Network
Regardless of whether a business has cloud or on-premises applications, performance is only as good as the network. Enterprises have taken the step towards SD-WAN during 2016, but 2017 will prove to be the year that they will seek the best-suited SD-WAN solutions for their connectivity needs. The right SD-WAN solution can make all the difference for CIOs and IT managers as they’re focusing on building a network designed for modern data and application delivery.
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Jim Hilbert is a passionate and seasoned sales leader focused on customer success in the high technology industry for the past 30+ years and is the Chief Revenue Officer at Aryaka. Jim served as SVP of Global Sales and Business Development for FireHost, a leader in secure cloud hosting. Before FireHost, he led the East Area efforts for Rackspace, delivering hybrid cloud solutions.