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Research Firm Attributes Q2 SD-WAN Surge to Router Replacement

Noting a surge in the software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) market, research firm IHS Markit claimed the disruptive technology was entering a "router replacement phase."

"In our discussions with vendors, it has become apparent that most recognize SD-WAN as a mainstream technology," said IHS Markit analyst Josh Bancroft. "As a result, larger enterprises have begun to refresh their legacy, router-centric WANs with SD-WAN. Vendors are capitalizing on the refresh opportunities with customers that have large bases of aging router equipment."

The firm said the SD-WAN market -- including appliances and control and management software -- rose 23 percent in the second quarter of this year.

The report indicated the usual suspects continue to dominate the SD-WAN market: VMware, Cisco and Aryaka.

Worldwide SD-WAN Vendor Market Share
[Click on image for larger view.] Worldwide SD-WAN Vendor Market Share (source: IHS Markit)

Going forward, IHS Markit, now a part of Informa Tech, identified an increasing number of remote and mobile workers as a primary factor driving further growth.

"In the future, we anticipate further deployments of SD-WAN appliances in the homes of remote employees, with either compact or more traditional appliance form factors being used," Bancroft said. "Bonding LTE and broadband links ensure session failover for unified communications (UC) users. It also promotes the security of sensitive patient data through security policies that can be established at the device level by healthcare providers in orchestration portals."

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