Optus Fusion SD-WAN is a new service that uses Riverbed’s SteelConnect platform. It can be deployed as an ‘over-the-top’ managed service across any business network – regardless of provider or connection.
SD-WAN has been around for a while now. It started mainly as a carrier-focussed technology that has slowly permeated its way down from carriers to large enterprises and service providers and, now, smaller businesses. It makes good sense. In the same way as virtualisation has made it easier to manage compute, storage and memory, SD-WAN makes it possible to manipulate network resources so you can take adavantage of bandwidth where and when you need it.
Keith Buckley, Vice President, Australia and New Zealand, Riverbed Technology said “Gartner predicts 30% of businesses will have deployed some form of SD-WAN platform by 2019, up from just 2% today. As organisations continue to adopt more and more cloud apps and services, the network has to adapt to become more agile and intelligent".
Where is your business on the SD-WAN journey? Do you agree with Gartner's analysis? Are you an SD-WAN believer?