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SD-WAN: How to Get out of the Starting Gate

  • CIOReview
  • 10/22/2018
  • Andrew Brown

SD-WAN’s potential to improve network performance is real - but migration to it also has its challenges. 

In 2018, the current darling of digital transformation in network circles is SD-WAN. Hype aside, SD-WAN solutions, coupled with a significant shift to Internet transport for a company’s network access, offers real promise to deliver enhanced network performance, significant savings on transport unit costs, and a more diverse portfolio of vendor options for a company’s network service spend. But to achieve this rare strategic sourcing trifecta and realize the full value of an SD-WAN and Internet transport transformation, companies must develop and execute a smart sourcing and deployment strategy.

Certainly doable, but definitely not simple.

An SD-WAN migration requires a well-developed up-front strategy, a structured process that can efficiently and effectively vet the technical solutions available and obtain the most optimal pricing the market has to offer for the solution you need, and reasonable flexibility to re-shape and revisit your strategy informed by the actual data you receive and analyze.

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