What is SD-WAN? Future, challenges, benefits of SD-WAN technology

Last updated:November 2018

Editor's note

A software-defined wide area network, known more commonly as SD-WAN, distributes network traffic by using SDN technology to automate and prioritize routing to and from branch offices and data centers. SD-WAN can introduce elements of complexity to network management, but in this era of increasing network traffic and a demand for speed, SD-WAN is a valuable tool. For example, it allows enterprises to prioritize business-critical traffic to travel over faster, more secure connections or to set failover options for downed links. This Priority Report gathers a range of SD-WAN information and covers key topics, including what SD-WAN technology is, the challenges and benefits of SD-WAN, managed SD-WAN services and the future of SD-WAN.

1SD-WAN advantages and disadvantages

Before adopting SD-WAN technology, it's important to learn all about SD-WAN benefits, as well as concerns that come with it to determine if it's the right choice for your organization.

2SD-WAN: Where to begin

SD-WAN technology has many different aspects to it, such as upgrades, vendors and its effects on network functions. Learn which SD-WAN benefits work for your organization and what to look for before buying.

3Managed SD-WAN services

SD-WAN technology is available in many different forms and models, and among these are managed SD-WAN services. Discover what these services provide, tips for how to get started and how they compare with other SD-WAN technology services.

4The future of SD-WAN

The future of SD-WAN is being shaped by changes and advances in multi-cloud, SD-branch and automation. See how these trends will impact SD-WAN technology and what trends could benefit your organization.

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