With enterprise IT environments becoming increasingly complex, Nokia’s Nuage Networks has updated its SD-WAN proposition to capitalise on the confusion.
The SD-WAN 2.0 offering is claimed to be an end-to-end network governance solution to manage multi-cloud environments, with complete visibility and control from a single management interface. Nuage Networks Virtualized Network Services (VNS) platform is promised to help customers deliver and orchestrate enterprise IT services across data centres, public cloud services, SaaS provider clouds and enterprise branch sites.
“The industry is on the cusp of a big shift towards SD-WAN,” said Sunil Khandekar, CEO of Nuage Networks. “Unlike other vendors that either have basic connectivity solutions, use proprietary hardware or need to cobble together multiple platforms to address enterprise IT needs, we purposefully developed our VNS offer on a single platform to give our customers a powerful, seamless and consistent set of capabilities across the entire network.”
SD-WAN is seemingly becoming more popular with enterprise IT departments, with IDC forecasting the worldwide market for SD-WAN infrastructure growing compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 40.4% from 833 million in 2017 to more than 4.5 billion in 2022.
“Network challenges are coming to the fore as organizations worldwide embrace multi-cloud as a means of achieving digital-transformation objectives,” said Brad Casemore of IDC. “Indeed, IDC finds that enterprises are thinking more comprehensively and holistically about how their networks will support the full spectrum of multi-cloud – from on-premises datacenters to IaaS and Saas public clouds and out to the branch offices and remote locations that constitute the intelligent edge.”
Nuage Networks claim first-generation SD-WAN solutions have been limited in scope to automating and managing connectivity of branch offices, which are underserved by IP-VPN services. However, with more businesses migrating to the cloud, the need to provide seamless WAN connectivity also increases. This means connectivity between customer premises equipment at branch and regional sites, as well as to private data centres, SaaS providers and public clouds. It is quickly becoming an increasingly complex tapestry.