Editor’s Note: We remain SD-WAN skeptics due to no standards and hence no vendor or carrier interoperability.
The three primary drivers fo the ONUG Fall 2016 conference: Silo organization structure has run its course. It’s in our best interest to create a market for next generation analytics. Cloudification of technology is the tool to allow organization transformation.
SD-WAN grew out of the needs of attendees from the first ONUG meeting in 2012. Co-founder and ONUG Co-Chair Nick Lippis predicted that 2017 will be the year of SD-WAN.
Results of an ONUG Fall poll indicated that 50% of the ONUG Community are in limited to large-scale SDN deployment. In addition, 64% of the ONUG Community are already in the SD-WAN deployment stage. Of those piloting, 97% said they will move to the deployment phase within the coming year.
With the support of ONUG and others, the use case for SDN in the WAN evolved into its own industry. Led by companies like CloudGenix, Viptela, and VeloCloud, new opportunities arose to simplify the management of WAN connections between branches. Central controllers orchestrated the task of deployment to the point where anyone could connect the device via phone call instead of a plane ticket. Circuit configuration was no longer the stuff of days gone by and instead became something handled remotely by the best people.
SD-WAN also allowed more services to be built on top of traditional WANs. Now, traffic could be encrypted end-to-end. Analytics could provide solid numbers about traffic patterns, which could then be used to provide intelligent decisions about application routing patterns. And even the metrics collected could be used with service providers to ensure service level agreements (SLAs) were being met.
The conversations about SD-WAN on Day 1 weren’t so much about explaining how it works as they were about providing justification to start the proof-of-concept trials. ONUG constituents like Kindred Healthcare and Gap are quickly rolling out massive SD-WAN deployments to reduce costs and simplify management. The success stories of SD-WAN are highlighting the next wave of adoption in enterprises down the food chain.