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Buyer's Guide For SD-WAN Managed SD-WAN Services for Digital Transformation

White Paper Published By: Masergy
Published:  Nov 04, 2019
Type:  White Paper
Length:  11 pages

Digital transformation is reshaping the business landscape faster now than at any other time in history. While it once took decades to disrupt a market, natively digital companies have disrupted their industries in just half a decade. Digitization is creating new winners and losers at an unprecedented rate. Organizations that adopt a digital strategy will leapfrog the competition, while those that do not will risk becoming irrelevant within five years. 

One important step in becoming a digital enterprise is gaining agility—that is, having the ability to take advantage of market opportunities faster than the competition. Although achieving business agility has become a top goal for IT and business leaders, it cannot be realized if companies lack an agile IT infrastructure to enable it. This is why businesses spent an estimated $14 billion on technology in 2018 to make IT more agile, according to ZK Research.

However, one part of IT that has yet to evolve and lacks flexibility is the enterprise wide-area network (WAN). Evolving the WAN must be a top priority for every IT and business leader because organizations are only as agile as their least agile IT component which, today, is the WAN. In addition to digitization, several other factors are driving the evolution of the WAN, including the following:

Cloud computing continues to skyrocket. More applications and workloads are heading to the cloud. Today, the cloud is the fastest growing segment of enterprise software, and ZK Research predicts that cloud services will grow from $103.9 billion globally in 2018 to more than $196.7 billion in 2023 (Exhibit 1). The surge in cloud  traffic is driving significantly different traffic patterns over enterprise WANs.

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