The world of Software-Defined is changing how we approach problems and find solutions. The Digital Transformation age is pushing the envelope for improved and lower costs for network resources. For Silver Peak, a leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Wide Area Networks optimisation, they are well positioned to address this problem.
With network resources being scrutinised heavily, the focus on WAN has become intensified as it provides essential connectivity for network services for branch offices and remote sites. The increased bandwidth requirements and usage, as well as increasing cloud-based applications have played right into the hands of the SD-WAN and by default, Silver Peak.
Over a relaxed media lunch, Tricia Png, Regional Director, Silver Peak, shared the adoption of SD-WAN has been tremendous over the past 3 years. From having 200 customers in 2016 to having 600 in 2017, the market is expected to grow exponentially in the coming years.
“Software-Defined WAN is relatively a new technology. If you trace it back, it was commercially available 3 years ago, so up to last year, we are pretty much on an adoption phase. In the last 12 months, we’ve seen a big pick up.”
Being in the industry for 3 decades, she shared that she’s seen the ups and downs and the ‘very flat’ times in the industry, but now is a very exciting time where there’s real adoption and need for the technology.
She shared that Software-Defined is basically decoupling software from hardware and a shift towards virtualisation.
“You want to build flexibility and you want to be able to cut cost. Think about it, any vendor with hardware appliance is all bundled together, you can’t separate it. When you have software and hardware separated, it opens up a whole world of opportunities. If you look at it, Software-Defined WAN is nothing more than decoupling software control from the hardware. In other words, I can run my software whether it’s for wide area network or application.”
She shared that her experience with vendors is to lock in customers. While the customer is looking for freedom of choice, Software-Defined gives the option of freedom to the customer. Especially when committed to global deployment.
“Some places like Latin America or Africa, for shipping hardware the challenge is logistics, or the customs and a lot of other factors. I have a lot of customers that run a hybrid environment data centre.”
She explained that the customer can run the VM virtually and puts the software on their VM and at the branch it’s easier and cheaper for them to drop a box using zero touch provisioning.
The ability to mix and match platforms gives many companies full flexibility they require when it comes to having the right tools for the job. With SD-WAN, the advantages are clear. The whole discussion of having to deploy to branch offices becomes a thing of the past. Setting up a WAN platform will do the job. Furthermore, the programming for daily tasks can be programmed from the data centre and activity at the branch need not even be manned. It will be fully automated and virtualised. With more connectivity at the edge and IoT being the mantra of the day, SD-WAN’s seem to be the key to making it possible while keeping the costs at a minimum.