The Asia-Pacific region has been a late adopter of this technology, but that has not slowed down the pace of adoption.
According to Global Data, the Australian uptake of SD-WAN has been relatively quick, with more than 60% of Australian IT companies having adopted it.
According to this report, one in three Australian IT companies will be migrating to SD-WAN in the next 12 months.
So, why have companies in the region suddenly woken up to SD-WAN?
Well, the simple answer to this question is that SD-WAN is much better than a traditional WAN system.
Companies are quickly starting to realize the obvious and long-term business benefits this technology holds. We currently live in a cloud-centric world, where the adoption of a cloud-first strategy by companies, has resulted in an unseen explosion of WAN traffic. This results in management complexity, application performance issues and network vulnerability. As a result, companies aiming to enhance enterprise connectivity and transform their IT networks are adopting SD-WAN like never before.
Gone are the times when you had to make use of multiple devices to perform multiple network functions, leading to appliance sprawl, which eventually resulted in poor management of the network. With, SD-WAN you can now transform complex IT to simple IT or lean IT.
These are the four main reasons, why companies are adopting SD-WAN in the region:
- Better network security
- Better application performance
- Better network visibility
- Reduction in your OPEX/CAPEX
Challenges in migrating to SD-WAN
Some of the challenges, companies could face are:
- Managing current MPLS network- some organizations that have been using MPLS networks might find it difficult to manage them while transitioning to SD-WAN. Many organizations deploy SD-WAN as a hybrid network where MPLS is retained where required and introducing Broadband/4G LTE wherever necessary. The beauty of SD-WAN is that it can leverage any combination of transport services to connect users to their applications. It can also connect branch users directly to the internet over broadband, through a technology called Internet Breakout.
- Selecting the right SD-WAN solution- this is the most crucial aspect of migrating to SD-WAN. To get this right, you need to understand the business requirements of the organization and also have a clear idea of what the organization seeks to achieve through the implementation of such a technology. These need to be communicate well
According to GlobalData, 20% of enterprises are interested in purchasing SD-WAN from an ISP, whereas 10% indicated the the purchasing directly from the vendor as their preferred choice
So, this is where Sprint Networks can step in and help your make a decision and see that it reaches fruition. We have tried and tested all the SD-WAN vendors out there and we can confidently recommend a solution based on your organizational requirements.