The Future of Unified Communications Needs SD-WAN
SD-WAN is a way to automate a wide-area connection that increases flexibility, reduces capex, and opens up new opportunities for enterprises to access the cloud and support IoT. UC-as-a-Service (UCaaS) is predicted to grow to USD 28.69 Billion by 2021, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 10.6% from 2016 to 2021.
The SD-WAN market is maturing. CIOs and IT professionals are being incentivized on several levels to look at new SDWAN solutions that can lower both capex and opex, increase organizational and management flexibility. It allows enterprises to integrate their communication systems, increasing efficiency and often saving on capex and opex.
Software-defined wide area networks (SD-WAN) play a major role in ushering in this adoption. According to Allied Market Research, one of the major factors for a company trying to adopt UC is the proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT), which adds more devices for enterprises to integrate and manage. Another factor is the increase in the market for cloud solutions. SD-WAN helps leverage these factors into a UC solution, creating a communication network that can be seen and managed behind a single pane of glass.
UC services provide a platform upon which you can manage your communication services in a seamless fashion. Workers can communicate in real-time and collaborate successfully, without having the manage all these different communication lines independently. It’s dynamic, it’s on one pane of glass, and it’s crucial as enterprises are moving into cloud-native platforms and the device-rich environment of IoT.
Unlike clunky, expensive MPLS, SD-WAN can be deployed easily and configured automatically. It is quickly becoming the way for businesses to operate and offer a full range of services for the clients and employees regardless of location.
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