Choosing the right product to address your unique needs is just part of what it takes to implement SD-WAN successfully. For maximum ROI, be sure to avoid making these common mistakes!
Don’t expect to get rid of MPLS entirely
Just about every article, ad, and blog post on SD-WAN will make a reference to “eliminating MPLS,” yet industry reports show the MPLS market continuing to grow and surveys indicate that early adopters continue to use their MPLS service. MPLS = Multiprotocol Label Switching
Take caution when sourcing SD-WAN from ISPs
Because the decision of which WAN to use is now in the hands of a company who benefits financially when some choices are made versus others…it’s worth it to look at alternatives before making the final decision.
Be sure to involve your security teams
More than likely, your networking team is leading the charge to implement SD-WAN. While this makes complete sense, you should insist that your security team, whether in-house or out-sourced, is also brought into the project as early as possible.
Avoid paying too much
Now that the market has evolved, many providers include SD-WAN capabilities as part of their security or networking platforms, giving today’s customers the opportunity to pay less overall.
Account correctly for indirect costs
Costs associated with managing multiple vendors, building manual reports across an enterprise, and ensuring compliance across a complex network architecture can quickly exceed the initial outlay of cash by many multiples.
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