Business executives and IT leaders are always looking for the next big thing to propel their enterprise performance. Enter SD-WAN, a technology that's been taking the wide area network industry by storm for the last few years.
If you haven't heard of software-defined wide area networks, fear not. The market for these solutions is currently exploding, but there's still time to learn what this technology can do for the network that connects your company's branch offices or store locations.
As TechTarget contributor Jessica Scarpati explained, SD-WAN is a new approach for provisioning and ensuring the peak performance of your WAN, the asset that underpins your business's most critical applications.
"It aims to replace traditional branch routers with appliances that use virtualization, application-level policies and network overlays to make several consumer-grade internet links behave like a dedicated circuit," Scarpati wrote.
"SD-WAN provides more control and visibility for the IT team."
Explained another way, SD-WAN provides more control and visibility for the IT team, enabling important network traffic to be prioritized according to current WAN conditions as well as unique policies created by your network administrators.
This description only scratches the surface of SD-WAN capabilities and benefits, many of which are encouraging widespread adoption of the technology. In fact, according to recent estimates, the SD-WAN market is poised for considerable growth as businesses in an array of industries better support their critical applications with these solutions. Currently, the market is on track to experience more than 90 percent growth per year through 2020, reaching an eventual value of $1.3 billion, SDX Central reported. Overall, software-defined solutions are expected to account for more than 70 percent of the growth in the WAN optimization sector.
But what key capabilities and advantages are spurring this growth?
Well, dream no more, because this is exactly what an SD-WAN solution is capable of. The technology continually monitors every path across the network, and only sends important data traffic associated with critical applications across the best path. Best of all, SD-WAN solutions can make split-second decisions about data traffic, so even if an outage takes place at the same time that your employees are trying to access important business apps, performance is still guaranteed.
As the market expands, so too do the available choices for today's enterprises. Cisco has been a leader in the SD-WAN market since the beginning, and the Cisco Intelligent WAN represents the gold standard in software-defined wide area network solutions.
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