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Seven trends in place for SD-WAN technology in 2017
SD-WAN technology and deployment made leaps in 2016, with an increased number of use cases and suppliers. Check out seven trends on the SD-WAN horizon for 2017. Software-defined WAN has become a trusted technology in many organizations within the past year, with the number of installed branch locations connected via SD-WAN in the tens of thousands. Now, 2017 looks like it will be another record year for SD-WAN technology advances and branch deployments. With that in mind, here are seven SD-WAN trends to watch in 2017.
1. Move to enterprise scale. During 2017, SD-WAN will move from pilot projects to full deployments in many highly distributed organizations, like retail and financial services. As organizations migrate from dozens to thousands of SD-WAN branch locations, they will need SD-WAN technology that offers the following:
- The ability to integrate with installed WAN branch network elements;
- Zero-touch provisioning at the branch; and
- Standards to promote interoperability with multivendor deployments.
2. Mature product offerings. SD-WAN technology is rapidly moving beyond its initial functionality, like its ability to deliver hybrid WAN architectures or services. As products mature in 2017, buyers should look for the following SD-WAN capabilities:
- Improved centralized management, orchestration and administration;
- More granular analytics and application visibility; and
- The ability to work with third-party network security, as well as better built-in security.
3. Merge with WAN optimization functionality. Many organizations currently benefit from WAN optimization appliances that compress, deduplicate and accelerate certain types of WAN traffic. In 2017, SD-WAN technology will continue to subsume WAN optimization by providing built-in or optional WAN acceleration functionalities. A number of WAN optimization suppliers are now also positioned as SD-WAN suppliers, including Riverbed Technology, Cisco, Silver Peak and Citrix. Expect more SD-WAN suppliers to follow suit.