When evaluating Software-Defined WAN, what aspect do you think is the most important to look for?

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it_user715773 - PeerSpot reviewer
Apr 2, 2018

Update: With the acquisitions that have taken place in the recent six to eight months, the market is consolidating. VMware is going to give Cisco a run for the Cloud access market using SD-WAN.

SD-WAN is a key component of not only an Intelligent WAN, but access to what we use WAN for... which are your applications. Your applications in many cases are headed to the Cloud.

VMware now has Velocloud, giving VMware a strong solution from end to end into Cloud.
Cisco with Viptela , give Cisco a strong play when integrating with ACI and Cloud.

There are many good vendors, but how many can go end to end in a Secure solution.

SD-WAN is without a doubt the key to the WAN and CLOUD access for the foreseeable future.

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it_user715773 - PeerSpot reviewer
Aug 8, 2017

SD-WAN, when done correctly, provides Secure Access to Multi-Cloud services, reliable and higher availability of network connectivity, optimized and faster application performance and it allows any company to use any transport circuits they want... without being locked into any one Carrier.

Secure SD-WAN is WAN freedom of choice.
Secure SD-WAN gives you application visibility
Secure SD-WAN greatly improves access to any Cloud service you use

With SD-WAN done well, your business runs better.

it_user524055 - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User
Sep 30, 2016

1: Commitment to your SD-WAN vendor
2: Centralized policy and configuration manager

While you won't need feature-rich, easy-to-use management tools on day one, be sure your SD-WAN vendor has what you need when you are ready

3:Aggregation platform
4:Routing functionality and resilience
6:Multivendor interoperability

Automation features could come in very useful, especially if you have a very large network. For example, you might find that the QoS requirements for the regular workday differ dramatically from after-hours when backups are run. Manually changing the QoS before and after each workday is not a good strategy -- but automation could make it a breeze.

8:Big data

The SD-WAN system will have access to vast amounts of data about your network and your traffic. A benefit of a single-vendor, proprietary system is that it should be relatively easy to implement data mining. Big data capabilities can help you spot trends and plan for future network expansion before users start complaining about current network capacity.

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