SD-WAN and analytics: A marriage made for the new normal

Reliance on SD-WAN analytics grows as customers move toward cloud, security services

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Analytics have moved from a nice-to-have feature to a must-have, particularly in the growing land of SD-WAN where it’s increasingly important to digest large volumes of data quickly in order to respond to threats and changing network conditions.

“Now, for SD-WAN to do its ‘thing’, and deliver on its automation and intelligence attributes, it needs insights in real time, and these are typically delivered by the visibility and analytics tools that many solutions now offer – either as integrated options or via third-party or eco-system partners,” said Rohit Mehra, vice president, Network Infrastructure for IDC.

That’s even more critical now as SD-WAN deployments serve an ever increasing remote workforce. Recent IDC surveys say that 95% of businesses will be using SD-WAN technology within two years, and that 42% have already deployed it. IDC also says the SD-WAN infrastructure market will hit $4.5 billion by 2022, growing at a more than 40% yearly clip between now and then.

“With the rapid increase in use of cloud services including video and IoT applications, which have only been accelerated with the ongoing global pandemic, wide area networking and remote connectivity stays a mission critical need for enterprise IT,” said Mehra. 

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