Where have all the global network aggregators gone?
One of the key selling points of SD-WAN is the ability to use a variety of network transport options. Enterprises can select MPLS, dedicated Internet access, business broadband, or wireless broadband, for example – whatever makes the most sense, technically and economically, for each site that needs connectivity. Cultivating a mix of suppliers can allow enterprises to significantly reduce transport costs as well as improve the flexibility of their networks.
The growth in SD-WAN deployments over the last four or five years created a sweet spot for Internet transport aggregators, which, frankly, had struggled to break into the enterprise market when it was dominated by traditional MPLS providers.
Consolidation in the market means IT teams need to strengthen their procurement practices, and TC2’s Mark Sheard has penned an article discussing how SD-WAN can reduce network transport costs for enterprises – but only if there’s enough competition among network access providers.
Read it here.