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Realization of transformation via SD-WAN | head of information department

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The big trend with regards to information technology over the former eighteen months has been secluded working, the transformation required to enable an appropriately lofty-performance, secure, and efficient computing environment. This trend is expected to persevere for the foreseeable coming, even following office environments are fully reopened, thus CIOs are encouraged to rethink the network, and this is driving a unused and growing interest in SD-WAN solutions.

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“SD-WAN technology helps enable advanced next-generation network architectures for enterprises, particularly the aptitude to dynamically manage and secure multiple WAN connection types via a centralized policy console,” said IDC’s Senior Research Analyst, Network Infrastructure, in a 2020 report. Incorporating security functions natively built into SD-WAN platforms continues to make this technology an significant investment priority for big, distributed organizations. “

Watch this exclusive CIO interview with Cisco’s Director of A/NZ Enterprise Networks, Robert DiNicolo

Given this level of interest, Dell’Oro Group research shows that SD-WAN technologies are expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 24 percent over the next five years, and will exceed $4 billion by 2025. Accelerated investment noted by Dell’ Oro is why Cisco has made SD-WAN one of its cornerstones to accomplish transformation and facilitate partner growth.

“We have forged partnerships with ultra-rapid cloud providers and SaaS providers which means we can extend our SD-WAN to and across the backbone of cloud providers, giving us access to low latency paths, from branch to cloud, and even from branch to branch,” Cisco’s director of A/NZ Enterprise Networking, Robert DiNiccol, said in an exclusive video interview with ARN. “So if you’re an organization with an international footprint, you can decrease transit times from Australia to Europe, from 600ms, all the way to 200ms, across cloud providers and their lofty-speed cores. So, we’re talking about some lovely big performance improvements. Here which will eventually lead to a better and more consistent user experience.”

DiNiccol added that building SD-WAN solutions that deliver next-level efficiency for enterprises was the primary motivation for Cisco’s acquisition of ThousandEyes final year. ThousandEyes is a network specialist with an internet and cloud intelligence platform that helps IT teams predict, visualize, and control operational behavior by providing deep insight and insights into the digital delivery of online applications.

“I think this will really be a game-changer, because it means we can see what is happening in the network and at the application layer beforetime enough to decrease any impact on the user,” DiNiccol said.

Explain the benefits of SD-WAN

While SD-WAN is a relatively mature technology now, following it was first introduced to the market in 2013, there is still a learning curve that CIOs confront in demonstrating the value of the technology within an organization. As the CIO pointed out, three of the main considerations for CIOs when looking at SD-WAN still focus on understanding what they can get from the technology, and then promoting that as an opportunity for inner stakeholders.

  • Learn what you’re trying to accomplish by understanding and identifying SD-WAN business outcomes prior you begin certification.
  • Consider available inner resources and expertise, as SD-WAN is not “set and forget” and requires constant monitoring to accomplish results.
  • Embrace managed services as a way to support inner teams and deliver incremental improvements over time.

According to De Nicolo, CIOs have a distinguished opportunity here to express the value of SD-WAN as a recurring opportunity to build coming workplaces for themselves. “There is a path for organizations to reach their end goal by putting in place the building blocks they can build on over time, leveraging existing investments, where conceivable, to drive cost efficiencies,” DiNiccol said. “Then they have a clear structure with powerful ties to business goals that really preserve them on the right track.”

One final reason CIOs are rushing to embrace SD-WAN, though, is that it helps them address the biggest persistent concern organizations confront with distributed networks: security. With CIOs always being called upon by the CEO and board of directors to qualify what they’re doing to protect critical assets in the unused secluded working realities, working with a partner like Cisco on SD-WAN can deliver for them.

“This is one of the main reasons the Secure Access Services Edge – SASE – was really born,” said DiNiccol. “Changes in the way we work means that the data center is no longer really at the heart of what we do. Today the user needs to be at the center. So, SASE is an approach that really focuses on SD-WAN convergence and cloud edge security for the purpose of providing users with security and quality A consistent experience, regardless of their location or the apps they join to.”

We’ll hear a lot more about SD-WAN in the coming years, as CIOs and businesses look to take newly distributed hybrid work environments, and look to turn them into a competitive advantage. The first step for many of them will be to drive secure efficiency across the entire networking environment, and thus SD-WAN can be considered as a foundation for coming innovation.

For more information on Cisco SD-WAN solutions, click here.

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