5 steps to determine the optimal deployment of managed SD-WAN for your business

8 June 2020 | Chris Rezentes, Director, Product Management (Network), CenturyLink Asia Pacific

As organizations over the globe increasingly focus on enhancing network performance to provide superior customer experience, enterprise decision-makers are turning to Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) solutions to build networks for their changing business needs. A key consideration for digital businesses today is making sure that networks are agile enough to adjust to evolving business priorities in the application economy.

SD-WAN technology can help organizations configure their enterprise WAN to remove the burden of traffic management from physical infrastructure and transfer it to software to improve network efficiency. In a recent IDG survey, it was found out that 91% of enterprises who used SD-WAN technologies saw increased network speed.

The increasing shift towards the adoption of SD-WAN solutions has seen its market grow at a tremendous rate. 
The SD-WAN market is poised to grow at a 30.8% CAGR from 2018 to 2023 and reach the US$5.25 billion mark.

Rohit Mehra, Vice President at Network Infrastructure at IDC, says that this growth is fueled by two reasons. Firstly, traditional enterprise WANs are not meeting the heavy demands of today's digital businesses. And secondly, organizations are very focused on improving the application performance and customer experience through the easier management of various connection types across their WAN. He says:

"SD-WAN continues to be one of the fastest-growing segments of the network infrastructure market, driven by a variety of factors. Combined with the rapid embrace of SD-WAN by leading communications service providers globally, these trends continue to drive deployments of SD-WAN, providing enterprises with dynamic management of hybrid WAN connections and the ability to guarantee high levels of quality of service on a per-application basis."

For most businesses today, the defining question isn't if they will turn to SD-WAN solutions, but rather how and when will they manage its deployment. In this light, SD-WAN managed services have come to the fore as a possible choice that lets enterprises derive the best benefits of SD-WAN and the expertise needed to make the most out of it.

The crux of the earlier question, therefore, lies in whether enterprises will choose to go for managed, DIY, or co-managed SD-WANs. These solutions provide the knowledge required to design, implement, and manage SD-WAN networks while allowing enterprises to regulate visibility and maintain control as desired.

Frost & Sullivan, in their 2018 U.S. SD-WAN End-User Survey, discussed the current managed SD-WAN landscape to help inform IT and enterprise leaders’ choices. If you are currently deliberating on the best roadmap for your enterprise, here is a closer look at managed, unmanaged, and co-managed solutions — and how to select the right managed SD-WAN that will give you the best results.
Find out in this blog:
What is an SD-WAN, and what are its advantages?
What are the future trends in the SD-WAN managed services space?
What are the different types of managed SD-WANs?
How to choose the right managed SD-WAN for your business?

How can CenturyLink help businesses? 

CenturyLink is a tier 1 global WAN provider with extensive peering of public and private IP networks and has approximately 450,000 fiber route miles and services across North America, Latin America, EMEA, and APAC.

Staying abreast of the industry trends and the pace of innovation in the SD-WAN managed services space is very important. CenturyLink is recognized in the industry for the same and was awarded the 2019 Frost Radar® Best Practices Award for Innovation Excellence in the North American Managed SD-WAN Services Market. CenturyLink was also named the 2019 SD-WAN Service Provider of the Year, Worldwide and North America, by Metro Ethernet Forum.

CenturyLink's managed SD-WAN services afford enterprises the chance to make the most of dynamic, scalable, and flexible networking solutions to stay updated with today’s evolving business landscape. With CenturyLink's managed services, enterprises can combine these tools with the required expertise to ensure maximum business output impact and enable the networks that carry value to their most important customers.

Is a DIY or managed SD-WAN approach right for you? 
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