target audience: TECH SUPPLIER  Publication date: Jan 2023 - Document type: IDC Survey Spotlight - Doc  Document number: # US50049523

Top Features of a Modern, Enterprise-Grade SD-WAN: Integrated Security, Network/App Performance and Assurance, and ML/AI-Enhanced Automation

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This IDC Survey Spotlight highlights a data point from IDC's annual Worldwide Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) Special Report Survey, conducted in November 2022. Survey respondents included more than 1,000 enterprise IT practitioners who manage enterprise wide area networks (WANs). Survey topics included trends in WAN transformation, SD-WAN deployment preferences, SD-Branch and SASE architectures, multicloud networking and interconnect, and SD-WAN partner preferences. The question featured in this IDC Survey Spotlight asked respondents what the top features of a modern, enterprise-grade SD-WAN were. The responses highlight key trends driving innovation in the SD-WAN market, including integrated security, network and application performance and assurance capabilities, and integrated machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) automation.

"The SD-WAN market continues to rapidly evolve as enterprises across the globe prioritize transforming their wide area network to ensure high-quality digital experiences across multicloud environments," says Brandon Butler, research manager, Enterprise Networks, at IDC. "As vendors and organizations consider investments and deployment priorities for next-generation SD-WANs, trends such as integrated security, observability, and advanced automation tools leveraging ML and AI are at the forefront of cutting-edge SD-WAN architectures."


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