Software-defined networking (SD-WAN) underwent some fairly interesting changes in 2020. HPE acquired SD-WAN market leader Silver Peak, CloudGenix was bought by Palo Alto Networks, Juniper Networks bought 128 Technology, VMware acquired Nyansa, and Ericsson trundled off with Cradlepoint. Secure access service edge (SASE) technology continued down its own evolutionary path, a development that has bolstered the potential and capability of SD-WAN significantly. The two combine to create a far more agile and secure solution to the business that’s juggling remote working and an increasingly globalised workforce. In fact, a recent Forrester analysis pointed out that SD-WAN is the remote office in a box, but only if the investment into the technology is not a plug and play affair, but rather a long-term focus on skills, process, metrics and procedures that leverages automation and orchestrated service-chaining.
This article published over at ITWeb is a deep dive into why any organisation should care about SD-WAN: Definitive networking, by software