No more do changes to such require the assistance of a specialist. The user can do it for him or herself. Businesses can now do on their own stuff they before could not like setting up teleconferences, or setting up links, or managing bandwidth. It will be exciting to see where the technology goes from here. Some strongly believe that it will replace routing completely. In fact, it looks like all hardware is going to be replaced. We mentioned how this was a fairly common practice right now. It has increased in the past few years and soon, well, hardware just won’t be needed.
And this isn’t just this area of computers. It includes every computerized gadget from watches to calculators, from phone infrastructure to seismometers. But for computers, the big hardware change is the loss of routers. And most consider this a good thing since just one router can cost a lot of money. And the constant professional maintenance of all hardware, in general, is another money factor. Right now there is around 2,000 business who are using SD-WAN and these businesses have a combined total of more than 50,000 branches who use SD-WAN.
But routers are not expected to completely disappear from the business sector for quite a few years yet. Half of the business sector is expected to be using SD-WAN in 2020, with the other half still using routers. But although this is a growing trend, businesses should still be very wary about choosing a vendor for using SD-WAN through. Since it is so young, there are really new SD-WAN startups that end up doing being able to support their products. Your company may end up being the unfortunate recipient of a failed entrepreneurial endeavor.
But the change to those to SD-WAN for those who manage a large WAN account makes sense. You and your company just need to take every step of the change very seriously and carefully think through every step of the procedure. There are places online that will guide you through this process. You also want to make sure your WAN network is already working well. An SD-WAN can only work well if the WAN network is working well. All of the trouble is worth it. Once your company has it, you will wonder why in the world it took you so long to make the switch. One general direction is for certain: Up.