5 SD-WAN gotchas to avoid

SD-WANs can help enterprises to manage increasingly complex and diverse network infrastructures at a lower cost, but there are pitfalls to avoid.

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Software-defined WANs (SD-WAN) are becoming key components of modern IT infrastructures. Because they use a centralized control function to securely direct network traffic over the Internet, they can deliver benefits such as increased application performance, better user experience and lower costs.

SD-WAN technology simplifies the management and operation of a WAN by decoupling networking hardware from its control mechanism. As organizations look to support a hybrid workforce and cloud-native network architectures, SD-WAN infrastructure has become an important technology for enabling flexible, agile, and optimized connectivity.

Not surprisingly, demand for SD-WAN is on the rise. The SD-WAN infrastructure market grew 27% in 2021 compared with 2020, to reach $3.8 billion, according to research firm IDC. The market is forecast to grow at a 19% compound annual growth rate over the next five years, reaching $7.1 billion by 2025. 

Deploying this technology is not without challenges, however. Here are some of the potential issues that IT and network managers might confront.

1. Limited cost savings

Enterprises expecting to cash in on the expected financial benefits of SD-WAN might be a bit disappointed.

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