Masergy Releases 2021 State of SD‑WAN Study

SD-WAN gains traction in the digital business environment with preferences for reliable, secure, and hybrid access revealing how IT leaders find an ROI sweet spot

Avatar for Jody GilliamBy Jody Gilliam|May 26, 2021|7:30 am CDT

DALLAS — May 26, 2021 — Masergy, the software-defined network and cloud platform for the digital enterprise, today released the results of a new research study assessing where businesses are in their journey to SD-WAN and Secure Access Service Edge (SASE). The results include new potential peaks in adoption and highlight the importance of reliability, security, and a growing preference for hybrid access. Findings from the research offer new insights into SD-WAN return on investment (ROI).

Altman Solon, the world’s largest strategy consulting firm focused exclusively on the telecommunications, media, and technology sectors, conducted the research on behalf of Masergy surveying more than 300 IT decision makers (ITDMs) in U.S. headquartered businesses across more than 20 industries. Key findings from the survey include:

“This study affirms that IT leaders understand the value of SD-WAN connectivity and are leaning into hybrid access models that strike the right balance between price and performance for a ROI ‘sweet spot’,” said Terry Traina, CTO at Masergy. “This is consistent with our experience at Masergy — the appetite for agnostic SD-WAN service continues to skyrocket as companies address changing environments including flexible remote work options. Masergy’s offering allows clients to mix and match access types, including cost-effective broadband and
high-performance private connectivity to Masergy’s software-defined network which offers industry-leading service level agreements. The result is highly reliable connectivity to meet the needs of every remote user, application, and office location.”

“The survey confirms what everyone is noticing anecdotally. There’s still a lot of confusion about SASE,” said Traina. “Conceptually SASE makes sense, but turning its framework into a tactical plan can be challenging for IT leaders. This is where Masergy can help companies of all sizes design a pragmatic approach, mapping SASE against their broader network and security strategies and using a blend of both cloud and on-premise security features to build a solution that makes sense given their business needs and priorities.”

About Masergy

Recognized as a pioneer in software-defined networking, Masergy is a leading secure cloud networking platform for global enterprise businesses. Masergy leverages artificial intelligence to enable superior application performance, offering managed SD-WAN, Security, UCaaS, and CCaaS solutions. Masergy was acquired by Comcast Business in October 2021 – combining the power and scale of Comcast’s network with Masergy’s industry-leading SLAs and exceptional customer experience to redefine what’s possible for future-thinking businesses. Learn more and follow us on our Blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

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