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Surfing the Network Transformation Wave: What Drives CIOs to Consider SD-WAN

Feroz Zaveri, Director, Customer Acquisition and Success, APAC, Aryaka Networks | Dec. 6, 2016
Here are the top four crucial reasons why CIOs should consider implementing SD-WAN for their companies/ enterprises.

This vendor-written piece has been edited by Executive Networks Media to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favour the submitter's approach.


Businesses of all sizes today, find themselves in the middle of one of the biggest and most disruptive technology revolutions. Technologies related to Cloud, SaaS, and Mobility are set to revamp enterprise IT, and how organisations work with data and applications.

This changing trend is noticed with companies moving from hosting mission-critical and real-time applications on-premises to adopting Software as a Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) models. The performance of these applications has a tremendous impact on productivity and business execution. And as a result, the role of global network connectivity has undergone massive transformation.

It is becoming increasingly clear to CIOs and IT managers that their legacy networks are not suited to the demands of this new 'marketplace', many are stepping up their game by turning to Software-Defined Wide Area Networks (SD-WANs).

Surfing the Network Transformation Wave

According to a recent report by IDC, SD-WAN revenues are estimated to exceed $6 billion in 2020, pegging a growth rate of over 90 % over the 2015-2020 forecast period.  This exponential growth comes from the industry's need for SD-WAN and the opportunities it opens up for businesses - predicated on the growth of cloud, need for simplified branch office networks, and the business imperative of reducing MPLS costs.

This view is also supported by a recent survey on Trends in Data Center Networking by research firm ESG that highlights the need for a comprehensive solution that is cost effective, secure, and able to address high availability as the main reason driving CIOs and IT managers to consider adopting SD-WAN based connectivity solutions.

Within Asia Pacific, the potential for SD-WAN is immense as Internet quality and speeds have improved significantly within the region, and IT leaders are keen to reduce their dependence on MPLS. CIOs in APAC are focusing on agility, cost effectiveness, security, and application performance as their main priorities to improve effectiveness of their global networks.

So the question to ask here is 'What is the most compelling reason for your organization to adopt or consider SD-WAN?'

The answer is...there are several of them.

Here are the top four crucial reasons why CIOs should consider implementing SD-WAN for their companies/ enterprises:

Agility in Deployment: Legacy network technologies like MPLS are extremely rigid and slow to deploy. Setting up a new site can take as many as 60-120 days in many regions of the world, considerably impacting business expansion initiatives. Companies that want to implement SD-WAN solutions should consider one that can deploy global network connectivity solution in the shortest time possible.


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