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latest intelligence WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN EVALUATING YOUR SD-WAN OPTIONS E nterprises currently face challenges regarding the price, performance and flexibility of traditional wide area networks (WANs). Aggressive growth in the adoption of public cloud services (28.6% year-over-year growth in 2017) is forcing organisations to look elsewhere for a more effective network solution to address distributed traffic across remote sites and branch offices. Some of the specific issues organisations face with their traditional WANs include: • High total cost of ownership (TCO) • Lengthy provisioning cycles | Issue 01 • Performance degradation with the growth of cloud traffic • Inadequate redundancy and resiliency • Lack of application-aware connectivity To better manage WAN investments, enterprises are adopting a new approach for their distributed branch office networks. Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) offers improved performance, agility and operational flexibility plus significant cost savings. But not all SD- WAN solutions are created equal. Traditional WAN performance comes at a premium because it is almost entirely limited to expensive circuits like PRESENTED BY multiprotocol label switching (MPLS). At the same time, the rapid increase of cloud applications being used across distributed organisations has caused a sharp uptick in network bandwidth demands. As these performance needs increase, traditional WAN infrastructures become dramatically more expensive, complex to deploy and difficult to manage. u DOWNLOAD WHITEPAPERS AT: WWW.INTELLIGENTCISO.COM/ WHITEPAPERS 15