If you’re in networking and on the ball then, at minimum, you’re definitely keeping an eye on SD-WAN. As searchSDN.com clearly states in this Techtarget e-publication, “It’s an exciting time to be in networking—if you’re prepared. Brace yourself as software-defined networking hits the enterprise WAN.” It’s the network’s next sea change.
Other notable quotes:
“The software-defined WAN appears poised to catalyze a sea change in the enterprise space, transforming WANs from inflexible and expensive to agile and cost-effective.”
“The latest technology trends, including cloud computing, software as a service and BYOD (bring your own device), have dramatically changed the requirements for the enterprise wide area network, or WAN.”
“Even before challenges arose from BYOD and the cloud, WAN connectivity was challenging for IT professionals.”
“SDN technologies allow IT to prioritize key applications and assign specific quality of service and latency parameters.”
“One interesting SDN WAN application is the ability to offer continuous availability between remote data centers.”
“Some of the challenges of WAN SDN include the difficulty of linking SDN control across dissimilar environments, multiple protocol types and limits of public networks.”