2018 was hailed as the year of software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN). Blogs were abuzz proclaiming the life-changing benefits of the networking technology, stating that no one solution had made such an impact in years.
Sniff, sniff -- do you smell that? It’s the fertilizer for the roses.
Just to be clear -- we believe SD-WAN is great, too. But, much of the information being fed to businesses is laced with marketing hyperbole and promises that may be challenging depending on the individual environment. It takes reading serious, unbiased and vendor-agnostic material to be able to navigate the saturated market of SD-WAN.
To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of 2018’s (often brutally honest) blogs:
1. Best blog if you’re frustrated with your current WAN provider: Why SD-WAN Won’t Kill MPLS
Industry expert, Mike Fratto, delivers an unabashed blog that calls out vendors for preying on the frustrations of enterprise dissatisfaction with MPLS. Fratto lists out four reasons why switching out current services for SD-WAN to solve connectivity problems is a misguided message.
2. Best blog if you’re interested in the SD-WAN journey: Industry Voices—Raynovich: How SD-WAN could reconfigure enterprise services
Curious about how we arrived at SD-WAN and what the current market looks like? The FierceTelecom blog delivers an easily digestible recap and brings the reader to present day to detail what the major players in the market are excelling at.
3. Best blog for delivering the truth about SD-WAN security: The 5 Biggest Mistakes in SD-WAN Security
“SD-WAN security is essential; there's no denying that fact. The problem is that many organizations, through ignorance, carelessness, or misguided advice, are leaving their SD-WANs vulnerable to misuse and attacks.” Technology journalist, John Edwards, doesn’t bury the main message with this compelling opening on SD-WAN security.
4. Best blog about balancing SD-WAN adoption and complete context: SD-WAN Monitoring: The Context Conundrum
Considering moving to a software-defined network? That comes with its own set of benefits and challenges. The blog from DZone packs a punch by justifying SD-WAN’s strength and follows up with a quick list of SD-WAN technology challenges that readers need to stay aware of.
5. Best blog if you want to know how Quality of Service (QoS) of MPLS and SD-WAN differ: SD-WAN vs. MPLS: The quality-of-service comparison
QoS is often top of mind for IT leaders when debating SD-WAN vs. MPLS -- especially when it comes to using internet links for SD-WAN connectivity. The blog from TechTarget reviews the differences and ends on a note that suggest it might be best to use a hybrid WAN afterall.
6. Best blog to warn you about the mistakes made by early adopters: It’s time for SD-WAN to grow up
While the promises of SD-WAN are undoubtedly appealing to most enterprises, it’s not all bells and whistles. In this blog, Network World contributor Jason Viera uncovers the often-missed considerations drawn from hard lessons learned by SD-WAN early adopters.
Here at Edgeworx, it’s not about selling you just an SD-WAN box -- it’s our goal to build a network that supports your business initiatives. In the end, infrastructure isn’t the technology you use, it’s the way you exact the obstacles in your path. To learn more about how our consultants can help, call +1.647.793.4731.
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Happy Holidays and a Healthy and Prosperous 2019 !