If you look at the Gartner Hype cycle, SDWAN (products) has started to descend into the ‘Trough of Disillusionment.’ IT leaders have read and listened to the hype, considered the technology for their environment but can’t see or understand the positive impact its going to have on their network. Most tech sites and blogs have a very positive view of SDWAN. Its cited as the technology that’s going to change the networking industry.
So, why are we headed into ‘the trough?’
Let’s face it. The marketing around SDWAN has been focussed on cost savings. In the US or for organisations with international sites where private connectivity is notably more expensive, the cost argument plays out. But in the UK, customers are choosing not to lose the SLA for a small cost reduction.
The argument about inexpensive CPE also falls flat. Yes, the ‘tin’ may be cheap however the licensing model isn’t. Once the licensing, required for SDWAN, is added in the cost is very much comparable, if not more expensive.
With SDWAN being an untested product, and with relevant use cases lacking, it’s not surprising the position on the hype cycle.
Early adoption or wait and see?
There is no question that, like public cloud disrupted infrastructure, SDWAN is a transformational technology that will disrupt the static networking industry. There are benefits to SDWAN other than cost savings; rapid site and low touch deployment, improved application performance and policy management are all achievable. The questions organisations should be asking are: when to and why to adopt?
The answer: to make an informed decision you need to take a data driven approach. If your network isn’t supporting your organisations strategy – why not? Understand your pinch points – performance, reliability, speed of change – and then you can make an informed decision as to whether the functionality of SDWAN can solve your problems.
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