Of course SD-WAN vendors have been telling resellers that it is a technology that the channel needs to get involved with as it starts to ramp up for a year or so, but it looks like now they have the backing of IDC.
IDC is expecting SD-WAN infrastructure and services revenues will see a compound annual growth rate of 69.6 percent to hit $8.05 billion by 2021.
The buzz-phrase of digital transformation is behind the move along with a rise of cloud-based SaaS business applications and a wider acceptance of SDN in general.
IDC’s vice prez of infrastructure Rohit Mehra said that “SD-WAN is not a solution in search of a problem.
“Traditional WANs were not designed for the cloud and are also poorly suited to the security requirements associated with distributed and cloud-based applications. And, while hybrid WAN emerged to meet some of these next-generation connectivity challenges, SD-WAN builds on hybrid WAN to offer a more complete solution.”