SD-WAN & SASE Virtual Summit 2020 – Some Key Takeaways

SD-WAN & SASE Virtual Summit 2020 Iricent attended the virtual version of the annual SD-WAN Summit held over three days last week (Nov 24-26). This year’s event expanded on the key topics of previous years: – Branch Access, Multi-Cloud, Edge / IoT and Mobile (5G) with very significant attention to WFH and SASE. SASE even got incorporated into the new event title – “SD-WAN & SASE Virtual Summit 2020”. In this blog we give our take on the key messages delivered in relation to what for us were the main themes at this years event: SD-WAN, SASE, Security / ZTNA, WFH and uCPE. SD-WAN SD-WAN continues its success story, has passed the tipping point and the market is maturing with one major SP reporting that only 3% of organisations have no plans to implement SD-WAN. Another SP declared that: Today, the average SD-WAN project serves about 3 in 10 company sites In 2-3 years, SD-WAN will grow on average to serve more than 6 in 10 company sites It’s not just hype – business leaders are satisfied SD-WAN is a critical technology in supporting the ambition of digital transformation and is seeing an acceleration of demand through the pandemic.             Cloud connectivity and advanced security functions are key decision criteria with increasing diversity in product and solution choices. Main use cases / target markets are Multi-cloud, IoT / Mobile and increasingly Branch at Home. SD-WAN key benefits described variously as bringing network access quality, reliability, security, scalability, ensuring application performance / visibility, automated integration with Azure, AWS, etc. SASE Business everywhere requires security everywhere. As the network boundaries expand...