Cloud-delivered security and data protection solutions company Barracuda Networks has released key findings from a new global research report, Security, Connectivity, and Control: The Challenges and Opportunities of SD-WAN.
Commissioned by Barracuda, the study surveyed IT leaders and networking and security professionals to learn how widespread SD-WAN deployments are, how organisations are deploying them, and what benefits and challenges they’re seeing.
The report includes data from more than 900 respondents in the Americas, EMEA, and APAC.
Respondents come from companies ranging from 1,000 to more than 5,000 employees across multiple sectors, including healthcare, finance, education, manufacturing, public sector, and retail.
Overall, the study indicates that SD-WAN deployments are increasing to address networking challenges resulting from the explosive growth of WAN traffic due to high demand for cloud applications and services.
Security remains a top concern for an overwhelming majority of IT leaders as they consider upgrading to an SD-WAN solution.
Barracuda network security VP Klaus Gheri says, “These findings show that as IT professionals increasingly turn to SD-WAN to address their networking challenges, they’re looking for solutions that provide security, simplicity, and cost savings.”
Gheri says that despite its success, SD-WAN education in the EMEA region leaves a lot to be desired.
Less than a third (32.7%) of those surveyed felt that they totally understood SD-WAN, falling far behind the US (57%) and APAC (41%).
Whilst this may be more to do with hubris than reality, it’s seemingly leading to a lack of internal skill and understanding to deploy SD-WAN, which is highlighted by more than a third (34%) of EMEA respondents as the main issue following its deployment.
For those who haven’t yet deployed the technology, a lack of internal skill is cited by three in ten (30%) as their biggest barrier, with a quarter (25%) not knowing enough about SD-WAN.
Highlights of the report include: