IDG Study Says SD-WAN Can Make IT Executives Confident in Future Preparedness

February 12th, 2018

Respondents Indicate that “Future-Proofing” is Possible with SD-WAN

In the age of digital transformation, IT executives have serious doubts about their network performance living up to future enterprise expectations, but hybrid networking solutions or hybrid WANs including SD-WAN are boosting their confidence. That’s the conclusion in a new Market Pulse survey recently released by IDG Research Services.

Why the doubt and uncertainty? It’s increasingly the norm for innovative, data-intensive applications and workloads to tax legacy WANs. As software as a service becomes the standard for how business gets done in every industry, IT also faces greater challenges in application service levels all while keeping costs under control. The study found that nearly half of IT professionals have low confidence levels in their current network abilities and WAN architecture. Managing both cost and increasing complexity, in fact, rank among the top connectivity challenges over the next 12 months for IT executives, according to the study.

The need to “future-proof” the WAN is well documented in the report, and 40 percent of the respondents indicate that this is possible with hybrid networks that leverage SD-WAN.

Clearly, this presents an opportunity for enterprise IT leaders. CIOs, CTOs, and IT managers can use SD-WAN to make their corporate network more dynamic, helping alleviate the strains they’re facing today and in the future.The survey proves that few CIOs are willing to “rip-and-replace” their existing networks with SD-WAN. Therefore, the solution lies in deploying a hybrid WAN where both MPLS and SD-WAN coexist to serve business critical bandwidth-hungry applications while optimizing their performance.

In this manner, SD-WAN helps make IT executives more confident in their organization’s future preparedness. Credit goes to features such as the ability to automate the process of assigning network paths across both MPLS and public Internet connections based on workload demands, and to utilize different transport options, basing cost and performance choices according to application. Another value lies in SD-WAN’s ability to simplify network management, a benefit cited by 49 percent of survey respondents. Network visibility and control clearly get a boost with SD-WAN’s central point of management.

The study concludes, “This is why the use of SD-WAN is rapidly increasing, as it offers the necessary agility, control, and efficiency essential to delivering a platform for supporting a dynamic organization.”

It’s evident that most executives are already on the hybrid SD-WAN wagon. Out of the 69 percent of survey respondents that are actively researching, piloting, or have SD-WANs in production, more than half are using the technology right now.

The full report explains more about how SD-WAN can be an asset to the future of your business, plus it provides additional information including:

  • A checklist for evaluating SD-WAN vendors
  • Deployment approaches for innovators and value-based buyers
  • IT executives’ most important WAN goals and SD-WAN capabilities
  • Why SD-WAN is the “go-to” technology

Download SD-WAN: Meeting the Demands of Digital Business

Jody Gilliam

With 15+ years of experience developing content-focused marketing strategies for technology companies, Jody crafts thought leadership articles and develops research ideas to support Masergy’s marketing initiatives. Her background in journalism serves her well, as she works closely with industry analysts and Masergy’s top leaders to publish engaging content. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English and communications from Southwestern University and her master’s degree in digital marketing from the University of Denver.