After nearly four months of the pandemic, companies are beginning to question the importance of SD-WAN solutions for remote workers. According to a new Accelerate report, half of UK companies consider the technology “less important”.
Instead, companies are leaning towards a single cloud (opens in a new tab) SASE service model that combines SD-WAN features with cloud security. According to Accelerate, companies believe that WAN optimization works well enough and would prefer centralized security and a single public access point.
Disadvantages of SD-WAN
Respondents who do not plan to implement SD-WAN stated that it does not support employee access (despite the fact that most organizations using SD-WAN say they do exactly that) and that it was too difficult to find a suitable technology partner or qualified person in … House.
Commenting on the results, Accelerate chief technology officer Darran Clare said the shift to SASE architectures was “natural”.
“We also see concrete evidence that WAN optimization is far from dead, and such services can play a key role in improving the performance of cloud-hosted applications where latency is a prime concern,” he said.
“While most SD WAN and SASE vendors advertise WAN Op capabilities, such claims should not be taken bluntly as the scale and depth of application optimization can vary considerably.”
For most of the companies surveyed in the report, key challenges include managing the performance and support of remote workers. Almost half reported problems with bandwidth, infrastructure capacity, and increased numbers of distributed and unmanaged devices.