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The Software Defined Wide Area Network (most commonly known as SD-WAN) is the use of specialised software and cloud networking to optimise the movement of data across WAN lines. This technology has seen widespread application throughout the world of business as technology has continued to evolve. Essentially, in the old days every time you opened a new office, your business would have to set up an entire suite of hardwired point-to-point connections (most typically VPN links). This kind of move, be it an expansion or simple relocation, has always been prohibitively expensive, entailing a distribution of resources to handle everything from workers, to equipment, to everything in between. Enter software services and cloud technologies—absolute game changers.
SD-WAN (the Software Defined Wide Area Network) is the term used for the application of specialised softwares and cloud technologies to move data on an organisation’s established WAN network. Business tech has been evolving non-stop, and this is the next step in business communications the world over. In days past, anytime you had need to change locations, set up a new office, or move out of an old one, you had a ton of costs associated with it—among the most burdensome were the expenses of shuffling hardware and hard-lines: installing, removal, maintenance, Cloud technologies and software services upended that game entirely.
In terms of sweeping deployment, Australia is well ahead of the game in comparison to other global markets. As we all know, one of the biggest challenges companies have encountered is ensuring security and networking power throughout our vast rural areas. SD-WAN optimises connectivity by utilising multiple open channels simultaneously, while our proven software assures the strongest and fastest connections, every time. You can then apply your own business rules to prioritise specific traffic and data flows according to your own most effective strategies. For all these reasons, SD-WAN is increasingly critical to the skilled management of next-generation, hybrid, and cloud networks.
Australia is well and truly ahead of the global game in this department. This is partially due to the specific and unique challenges we’ve faced in ensuring both connection and security for our extensive rural areas. SD-WAN fits the need perfectly, as it utilises several open channels simultaneously, utilising the fastest and most secure for the data traffic. In terms of next-gen, hybrid, and could networking, SD-WAN is the gold standard.
Viability in Scope
According to a sweeping Future of Networking survey, which received comprehensive responses from over 100 high profile IT decision makers in Australia alone, SD-WAN is recognised for several powerful benefits, ranging from increased application performance, raising network monitoring and visibility, decreased costs (including both infrastructure and talent pool costs!), to unified connectivity across the entire operating network.
One of the most viable aspects of SD-WAN, and among the chief reasons for its growth in the world of business, is its dynamic applicability—SD-WAN is capable of managing multiple connection types at once: everything from broadband, to MPLS, to LTE. Whatever connection a given business is utilising, properly applied SD-WAN can step in and optimise its utility and efficiency across the spectrum.
There have been several prominent surveys sweeping the nation in the last year or so, many of them dealing with Australia’s technological position and state of readiness. One of them swept up over a hundred decision-makers in IT. By all reports, SD-WAN is well-noted for some exceptional benefits: network monitoring, lowered costs, consistent security, and increased connectivity. In the big picture, Gartner estimates that up to 25% of global users will be using SD-WAN to manage their WAN within two years—as evidenced by a 59% annual growth of SD-WAN vendors. In all, Gartner goes so far as to predict that SD-WAN will become a $1.3 billion market as soon as 2020. Others even go even farther. predicting that (given the trending paths of 2017) SD-WAN will reach a global market share of over $8 billion by 2021.
In the big picture, Gartner estimates that up to 25% of global users will be using SD-WAN to manage their WAN within two years—as evidenced by a 59% annual growth of SD-WAN vendors. In all, Gartner goes so far as to predict that SD-WAN will become a $1.3 billion market as soon as 2020. Others even go even farther. predicting that (given the trending paths of 2017) SD-WAN will reach a global market share of over $8 billion by 2021.
Because of this booming forecast, companies in Australia are flocking to SD-WAN in droves—and no wonder, as this advanced functionality allows for rock-solid connection between even the most remote branch office locations. The technology becomes even more useful as more and more Australian companies and skilled workers are opting toward remote career paths. When working remotely, there are very few things more vital to the success of both company and professional than reliable data connections and secure networks.
Having been solidly established in Australia as a leader in digital and communication technologies for years, we at EDV continue our mission of providing the highest quality of service and cutting-edge technology for our ever-expanding community of clients.
Given the outlook, it’s no wonder Australian companies are flocking to SD-WAN in droves. The tech also perfectly complements the swell toward increased numbers of remote professionals and long-distance workers by supporting an entire suite of potential, from BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) functionality to secure company connections from across the world. It seems clear that Australian business isn’t going to be falling behind the trends anytime soon.