Recent research by Enterprise Management Associates takes a look at how enterprises view currently available SD-WAN products.

Shamus McGillicuddy, EMA’s research director for network management, detailed highlights of “Wide-Area Network Transformation: How Enterprises Succeed with Software-Defined WAN,” a report based on EMA’s survey of 305 WAN decision-makers at distributed enterprises.

It has found that 90% of enterprises want platforms that support more comprehensive management of SD-WAN environments. The report also found that 55% of enterprises now prefer to connect branch offices directly to the cloud, rather than route cloud traffic through a datacentre or hub.

The research also uncovered some emerging requirements that most SD-WAN vendors are neglecting. Here are some results of the survey:

90% of enterprise network teams indicated that they need an end-to-end management environment that covers WAN networking.

48% said they needed this end-to-end management environment to cover Branch site WAN infrastructure (routers, WAN optimization, and SD-WAN gateways).

43% wanted branch site security and remote user VPN to be covered.

41% of enterprises want their WAN management environment to cover branch LAN infrastructures, such as Wi-Fi and switching.

39% of enterprises want management integration with the datacentre network.

33%  identified their top challenges with the technology as “integration with existing security architecture”

28% responded about their struggle with network team skills gaps and SD-WAN product maturity.

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