SD-WAN adoption is high among Middle East enterprises; report
Organisations agree that SD-WAN will be a critical part of their network infrastructure within the next five years
Riverbed Technology revealed that software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) adoption in the Middle East is following the global trend as almost 50% of enterprises are exploring the technology.
The regional survey also discovered that 78% of organisations agree that SD-WAN will be a critical part of their network infrastructure within the next five years.
Elie Dib, senior managing director, Middle East, Turkey and North Africa, at Riverbed Technology, said: "SD-WAN represents the future of networking and is a rapidly growing technology trend. It is an approach that can solve the complexity of hybrid clouds and networks, improve efficiency and flexibility, and enable organisations to easily shift workloads and deploy new applications and services including into the cloud."
The survey also found that loss of critical services; user, network and application vulnerabilities; as well as increased and costly IT complexity are currently the top three challenges that organisations face with their WANs. Middle East respondents believe the top benefits include: increased application and network visibility and security (56%); and reduction in complexity of network configuration and increased utilisation of resources (50%).
The need for SD-WAN is also being driven by budget constraints as cost-effective delivery of apps (65%) and the ability to scale network bandwidth without increasing cost (52%), are the top criteria impacting WAN investment decisions, according to results from the survey.
"IT budgets are being spread thin across a host of new technology domains, not to mention on the upgrade and maintenance of existing investments. Network teams are expected to deliver increased performance and agility with fewer resources and this requires unified control and management of both traditional and hybrid-cloud networks," added Dib.
"With the lack of IT resources in the region, SD-WAN provides the ability to reduce complexity and minimise administration overheads which becomes especially appealing. Our Riverbed SteelConnect solution, for example, effectively enables the replacement of thousands of manually configured routers with virtual network design based on zero-touch provisioning and easy change management. IT teams need to continue to convince senior management to invest in SD-WAN and they can do this by clearly outlining the business benefits," concluded Dib.