Masergy Report: Continued Growth for SD-WAN

Published On: August 31, 2020Categories: Buzz, Uncategorized

Masergy, a Dallas-based SD-WAN and cloud company, has announced the results of its 2020 SD-WAN Market Trends Report. For the third year, the study shows that SD-WAN adoption continues to grow with an ever-increasing interest in managed and co-managed offerings to navigate through the complexities of integrated network and security solutions. The timing of the survey during the global pandemic uncovered the challenges posed in a work-from-home environment with security and business continuity rising as top priorities.

The study analyzes responses from IT decision makers in global enterprises across a variety of industries. Findings reveal that security and network infrastructure are the top two areas of focus to ensure business continuity and enable remote work.

According to the report, enablement of remote work and collaboration tools are now top IT investments with 44 percent of respondents prioritizing the support of their homebound workforces.

Nearly two-thirds of survey participants report they are investing more in network infrastructure than they did last quarter, and SD-WAN adoption trends have continued to rise with each study. This year, 56 percent of respondents said they are piloting, installing, or upgrading SD-WAN installations. In 2017, that number was 35 percent.

Security remains an overwhelming focus with 91 percent of survey participants expressing interest in services that converge SD-WAN and security – also known as secure access service edge (SASE) solutions.

Multi-cloud connectivity ranks as the top SD-WAN capability (66 percent) as IT leaders look to address the challenges of cloud application performance and communications continuity.

Enterprises are shifting more toward wanting a managed SD-WAN solution with 45 percent opting for a fully managed approach, and 29 percent opting for co-managed, while just 25 percent prefer a do-it-yourself approach.

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SD-WAN is a key enabler for UCaaS, CCaaS, and a host of other modern services. These capabilities have gained additional importance as a result of Coronavirus and the ongoing trend towards WFH business environments.

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