As interest in software-defined wide-area networks (SD-WAN) continues to rise, enterprises are coming face to face with the challenge of planning an SD-WAN migration that will serve the company today and into the future, forcing them to deal with a number of unknowns.
The uncertainties include how fast the company will grow, whether new sites will be required, and what revenue and cash flow will look like. Existing and emerging security threats must be considered as well. About the only certainty is that cloud services will continually factor into the equation.
Challenges inherent in network future-proofing
Network planning in this kind of environment requires a degree of future-proofing, meaning implementing a network that is comprehensive and agile enough to accommodate new requirements without compromising on service quality or total cost of ownership. But doing so comes with considerable challenges.