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SD-WAN Tide Is Turning... And It's Not All Good News!

  • No Jitter
  • 10/4/2017
  • Mark Sheard

As large, established vendors and managed service providers jump in, costs are sure to rise.

A short while back we were talking about new exciting, disruptive providers like VeloCloud and Viptela breaking the mold in network services with software-defined WAN, or SD-WAN, technology releasing a whole new world of simple-to-manage, low-cost networking. Things are changing.

Let's be honest, SD-WAN is great, and many of the SD-WAN alternatives could provide serious enhancement to the enterprise networks that have long relied on the once-revolutionary technology that is Multiprotocol Label Switching, or MPLS. Like many technologies, MPLS had a lengthy gestation period but when this networking technology took hold it did so with a vengeance. We have every reason to think SD-WAN will do the same, as the next great (possibly greater) evolution in networking technology.