Unified communications (UC) has been a market in the making for nearly two decades now. Despite the gap between hype and adoption, over the past couple of years, UC has seen a sharp increase in interest consequent adoption. The catalyst for this resurgence has been the growth of UC as-a-Service (UCaaS) where companies can buy and access all their UC apps from the cloud.
TCO = CapEx (Capital Expediture) + OpEx (Operating Expnditure)
IT departments strive for cost-effective collaboration and connectivity.
In particular businesses expanding across the globe must find effective ways to maximise the benefits of network deployment, reducing scaling costs.
1. Re-evaluate network costs
According to IDC, the SD-WAN market is expected to reach $1.19 billion, as enterprises are looking to solve global network challenges created by the increase in mobile users, globalization, and especially the migration of mission-critical applications moving to the cloud.
However, is SD-WAN a good option to replace MPLS Connectivity?
Yes! Let me tell you why:
- MPLS is expensive
- MPLS takes months to deploy
- MPLS is not designed for cloud and SaaS connectivity
MPLS networks have been the standard configuration for enterprise networks for years. Despite its qualities, MPLS is often expensive, having long deployment times and not addressing cloud or mobile traffic. Furthermore, staffing issues are also a less positive factor due to its necessity of managing security policies on site with the constant upgrade and update of appliances.
SD-WAN eliminates the challenges of MPLS networks by bringing the software defined networking (SDN) to the WAN: improving management and increasing cost savings when compared against MPLS.