One of the most common questions that enterprises asked QOS Networks at the NRF Retail Show in January was, “What is SD-WAN?” You may already know the answer to be “software-defined wide area network.” Nonetheless, the fact of the matter is that more enterprises are adopting the technology to address business needs. The IDC forecasts that the SD-WAN market will reach $8 Billion in 2021 as enterprise branch network requirements accelerate.
The IDC cites three big reasons why:
- Digital transformation. More organizations are using the power of Big Data and the cloud to enhance customer experiences and financial performance.
- Public SaaS applications. The increased adoption of SaaS disrupts MPLS prominence because SD-WAN allows for “dynamic connectivity optimization” and path selection.
- Growing acceptance of SDN. General acceptance of software-defined networks can shift the paradigm in favor of SD-WAN.
VeloCloud: The Forefront of the SD-WAN Landscape
SD-WAN addresses some of the main challenges of current network infrastructures: expensive, bandwidth, branch complexity, and rigid architecture. It creates business agility by simplifying network policy configuration and management. It enhances network performance by intelligently leveraging multiple paths, including broadband connections. VeloCloud stands at the forefront of this technology as the only cloud-delivered SD-WAN. Their technology focuses on automation and simplicity, enabling integration with existing networks.
“SD-WAN is all about simplification of networking to the distributed points of an enterprise.” -Sanjay Uppal, VP & GM at VeloCloud.
VeloCloud emphasizes that simplicity with a video that demonstrates how it can take as little as 2 minutes to deploy their solution. This ease of use makes reconfiguring and optimizing a network more achievable. Imagine the implications for improving the connections to remote and pop-up sites. Aside from manufacturing and retail, this also makes it more realistic for organizations in the healthcare industry to improve their network connectivity, which can have direct impact on peoples’ lives. The company’s marketing collateral does a good job as a giver rather than gatekeeper of information, giving product and industry insight necessary to inform consumers on the best choice for their needs.
The VMware acquisition of VeloCloud makes sense as it gets more involved in networking: “the company appears to be an excellent fit as one of the primary use cases is delivering virtualized services, VMware’s bread and butter, to branch offices, which may be spread out geographically, and to mobile users accessing those services from outside those offices.” Backing from this company gives VeloCloud the room and resources to bring its solutions and innovations to a wider audience. Their technology also has implications information technology infrastructures to handle globalization and the ever-increasing dependency on connectivity for business performance and survival.
However, professionals cite how the cloud isn’t currently designed to last as the infrastructure foundation for the growth of Big Data and IoT. More IT professionals are pointing towards moving away from the cloud and into “the fog,” even down to “the edge.” Nonetheless, VMware’s acquisition of VeloCloud is paying off because it is a “key element of VMware’s edge strategy,” because “VeloCloud will enable systems deployed in edge locations to be connected to other parts of a company’s infrastructure.” A DIY edge without the DIY work. SD-WAN is a solution that addresses current problems with the future in mind.