Increasing complexity of network infrastructure and performance tasks (36%), closely followed by the need to cut network costs (34%) and the need for better management of network infrastructures (34%) are among the key reasons for enterprises to consider SD-WAN, according to a research by Sapio Research.
Increasing pressure on both company resources and budgets as IT team look after more complex network infrastructures is driving companies to examine SD-WAN’s potential. Exactly half of companies questioned say that deploying and managing networking infrastructure is time-consuming. Interviewees estimate that these upkeep tasks take up 36% of their overall IT budget. One third of the survey (33%) admit that they had used ‘as a Service’ models from external providers to keep on top of maintenance tasks.
According to the research which is commissioned by Teneo, one in five of global companies has implemented an initial SD-WAN technology project with almost half (48%) investigating them in a more limited form, such as a proof of concept at some sites. The survey questioned 200 senior IT and networking managers (100 in the US and 100 in the UK) at companies with worldwide operations, with revenues ranging from £100 million ($127 million) to £30 billion ($38 billion) in size. Researchers also found that just under one third of interviewees (32%) has yet to examine SD-WAN’s potential, although 27% say they might do so at some point in the future.