According to Gartner, by 2024, to enhance agility and support for cloud applications, 60% of enterprises will have implemented SD-WAN, compared with fewer than 20% in 2019. Are you prepared? If you aren’t sure, an SD-WAN assessment may be in order.
SD-WAN has recently been re-branded by Gartner to WAN Edge infrastructure, in which the traditional WAN architecture is changing. This is being driven by WAN edge infrastructure and the adoption of the cloud as we move further into the digital transformation. The demands currently being put on WAN are outweighing many organisations network capabilities, in which it may be time for action.
As organisations digitally transform, the WAN edge market has been evolving with the primary goal of addressing the shift from traditional hub-and-spoke WAN architectures (from branch office to on-premises data centre) to connect with more distributed cloud services and internet-based resources, as well as other corporate locations. LRQA Nettitude’s SD-WAN consulting, assessment and reporting services exist to aid your organisation make the shift seamlessly.
Does Your Organisation Need An Assessment?
The global wide-area network (WAN) edge market is crowded, and Gartner estimates that there are more than 70 vendors providing viable technology solutions, driven primarily by software-defined WAN (SD-WAN). Organisations all have different use cases and wading through all the options is time consuming.
The market for branch office WAN edge functionality continues to shift from dedicated routing, security and WAN optimisation appliances, to feature-rich software defined WAN (SD-WAN). This means it has become essential to replace routing and add application aware path selection among multiple links, centralised orchestration, and native security, as well as other functions. Consequently, it includes incumbent and emerging vendors from multiple markets (namely routing, security, WAN optimisation and SD-WAN), each bringing its own differentiators and limitations.
Through our investigation into the market and engagement with the leading vendors, LRQA Nettitude can provide insight into the choices available to your business. The solutions we’ll recommend in your SD-WAN report will be use-case specific to you and will determine which vendor solution is the best fit. This will normally mean there a few options left from the 70+ vendors you were initially facing. Once removing these pre-existing challenges, we can then help with the engagement, procurement, and subsequent delivery and management.
More About Our SD-WAN Assessments
Deciding if SD-WAN is right for your business can be confusing. You may have question like – what are your options, can SD-WAN really improve the performance of my network and reduce my network costs, and what are the business benefits for me? At LRQA Nettitude we can complete an SD-WAN assessment free of charge, it really is very simple. A short engagement is needed, in which we will install a small appliance behind your organisation’s aggregate router or behind a router at your busiest branch. We will leave that there for 5-7 days, and then a report will be produced, and we will review the report with you.
Purpose: Determine Business Application Performance and WAN Bandwidth Utilisation
- 40% of enterprises plan to deploy SD-WAN/hybrid by end of 20191
- WAN availability/reliability is the #1 concern for cloud initiatives2
- Security is the #1 concern re: enterprise WAN infrastructures3
SD-WAN Report Sections:
- Internal vs. external traffic usage
- Potential DIA application analysis
- Mission critical application categories
- High risk applications detected
- Application vulnerabilities observed
- Malware/botnets found
- Top source locations encountered
- Top bandwidth consuming sources/destinations
- Average bandwidth usage by hour