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The rise of software-defined wide area networks (SD-WAN) is driving profound transformation in the way enterprises connect to multiple branch offices and remote sites. According to IDC1, the SD-WAN market will grow at a 40.4% CAGR from 2017 to 2022, to reach US$4.5 billion.
This rising popularity stems from the technology's ability to modernize and simplify complex hybrid networks without needing an overhaul of the existing infrastructure. This is good news for many enterprises currently encumbered by networks that have become a mix of different connectivity and connection types, added on from different service providers over the years.
Digital businesses in Asia Pacific (APAC) running such hybrid infrastructures are increasingly challenged by cost, scalability and manageability issues.
Many IT organizations lack the practical expertise and IT resources needed to modernize their networks, making in-house deployment of hybrid connectivity and SD-WAN both difficult and risky.
They turn to a technology leader with broad experience in network provisioning and security management for 24/7 tech support, to resolve issues across the enterprise WAN, and to access a comprehensive set of services readily available, including:
These managed solutions come with centralized management, allowing the organizations to scale their networks more easily, and providing them with better control of deployment for secure and affordable network connections.
Agility and flexibility are two areas where traditional networks fall short in meeting growing digital business demands. The delivery of new applications across all connected locations can be both complicated and time-consuming-as incompatible network configurations can lead to further difficulty in troubleshooting.
Partnering with trusted MSPs has helped them accelerate their SD-WAN initiatives and alleviate implementation challenges. For example, a logistics management company, Koch Trucking, partnered CenturyLink to deploy CenturyLink Managed Hybrid SD-WAN for the upgrade of its hybrid network across more than 30 sites.
With CenturyLink assisting the integration of Koch's MPLS connectivity and broadband transport pipes, the SD-WAN upgrade quickly gained the desired efficiency and performance-with embedded security, centralized control and visibility additionally enabled across all locations. The outcomes are improved productivity at multiple sites in multiple locations, and the flexibility for Koch to expand its business with whatever connectivity options are available at a new site.
This is where the security services embedded within the SD-WAN solution come into play.
The financial services sector, for example, faces additional pressure to be compliant with the latest regulatory and security regulations. As regulators release and update policies more frequently, banks must minimize business and security risks as they implement a network upgrade.
In many cases, the best option is to partner an established networking and cybersecurity provider with both SD-WAN capabilities and a complementary security portfolio. Such providers would also have professional services to advise on ways to bridge prevailing security gaps during the upgrading exercise.
In short, having a managed solution partner for your SD-WAN implementation brings with it the full backing of hybrid networking specialists—from certified expertise and industry best practices, to advanced networking tools and myriad resources.
This is an important consideration because with a partner like CenturyLink, you are supported by more than 15 years of experience in managing, monitoring and accelerating the performance of business-critical application environments.
As a leader in applying best practices and proven methodologies, our network and infrastructure performance monitoring is complemented by real-time and end-user analytics, to deliver end-to-end application services as you become unhindered by inflexible legacy network solutions.
The advent of SD-WAN will change the way your network responds to business needs.
When the future of your network is anchored on the versatility of a software-centric architecture, you are optimized for fast and secure connectivity from your head office to all operational sites—no matter at which physical location or on any cloud.
The availability of managed/co-managed SD-WAN solutions further reduces the risk and complexity of WAN modernization by ensuring better service quality, faster deployment, fewer errors, improved security, scale and cost-efficiency. This is a real necessity in today's age of digital transformation, because your business is only as strong as your network connections.
Are you ready to upgrade your hybrid network with SD-WAN? See how CenturyLink SD-WAN can transform your network and accelerate your application and digital business success.
1 Source: IDC: Worldwide SD-WAN Infrastructure Forecast, 2018–2022
2 Source: IDG: Modernizing the WAN to Drive Digital Business, 2018
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