Enterprises working toward digital transformation initiatives have realized traditional Wide Area Networks (WAN) cannot keep pace with business needs and have since moved to an SD-WAN. When SD-WAN is deployed correctly, it allows the network to adapt to shifting IT requirements. This is a low-cost way to enhance the capacity and flexibility of enterprise networks.
Enterprises are currently reinventing how they operate with digital transformation. They’re capitalizing on a variety of cloud-based technologies and launching products and services to customers more quickly than ever before. As more businesses update their infrastructures, traditional enterprise networks are struggling to keep up with the changes. A recent networking global survey found that 97% of organizations will have difficulty keeping pace with the changing demands of the cloud and hybrid networks. As businesses continue to update their infrastructures, many are using software-defined wide area networks (SD-WAN) to move forward in their digital transformation journey.
Digital transformation initiatives have fallen well within the realm of the traditional wide-area network (WAN). Complications with emerging market trends, shifting consumer demands, and increased competition are primary reasons why one enterprise after another has made the jump to software-defined WAN (SD-WAN). And for those that haven't, well, they most likely (or should) have this on their list of IT investment objectives. If not, there will be compromised business-critical services and network performance.
While 2021 hasn’t brought a definite end to pandemic-era IT challenges like many hoped, other technology predictions have held steady, largely propelled by the new remote working and hybrid workforce standard. Examples include the continued proliferation of internet of things (IoT) devices, the accelerated adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation technologies, and an increased interest in software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) technologies.
In the past year and a half, securely facilitating remote working has become a priority for a majority of enterprises. It’s also become clear that remote working is going to be a longer-term or permanent working model enterprises will need to support.
The cloud has revolutionized the way enterprises do business on every level. For IT, cloud brings some complexity to network operations and infrastructure management.
As software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications rise in popularity and enterprises continue to embrace digital transformation initiatives, it’s critical these applications are available at any time, from any location, and from any device. IT must also guarantee consistent network performance and superior experiences to employees and customers, while ensuring security over a rapidly expanding attack surface.
As a result of advances in digital technologies, such as software-as-a-service (SaaS) and other tools with increased traffic demands, many IT teams are now in the process of replacing outdated WAN infrastructures that can’t keep up with modern requirements. The latest solution is software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN).
With the broad adoption of cloud services and the acceptance of public clouds for use within the enterprise, routing network traffic through a central location is no longer an option. Instead, in order to improve end-user experience and minimize latency, enterprises are providing internet access from the branch and enabling direct user connectivity through SD-Branch.
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