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Why communications service providers need to implement SD-WAN

Lee Doyle, Principal Analyst, Doyle Research | Sept. 16, 2015
Software defined wide area network (SD-WAN) solutions could and should enable CSPs to increase the value of their managed services for business customers.

CSPs can offer customers managed, secure hybrid WAN services – a key benefit for organizations wishing to outsource complex WAN management to a business partner. CSPs market the reliability, security, and traffic handling benefits delivered via SD-WAN technology. A number of leading CSPs are already working with SD-WAN solutions (e.g. Verizon and SingTel) and many more are investigating the technology.

CSPs can drive the adoption of SD-WAN by reducing the risk of introducing new technology, assisting in the migration to hybrid WAN (i.e. a mix a MPLS and Internet circuits), and by providing professional and support services. By leveraging SD-WAN to deliver new, valuable services to their business customers, CSPs can avoid the likely disintermediation to their managed service business via the inevitable increased used of Internet circuit for business traffic.


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