That SD-WANs will replace routing was not the most important message from last week’s Gartner webinar with Gartner vice president and distinguished analyst Joe Skorupa.
No, the biggest message came in some startling statistics. Half the market revenue is held by just two startups, which begs the question: With 30-plus vendors in the SD-WAN space, are you sure the SD-WAN vendor you’re considering has the cash for the long haul?
No more routing
Back in September, we wrote about the argument for replacing routing with SD-WANs. It’s a message we’ve been thinking about for some time, listening to the frustrations of many of our enterprise customers. It’s also a trend that Skorupa’s market data supports—and for good reason.
For years, software has been replacing what was formerly the province of dedicated hardware. Watches, calculators, even phone infrastructure and seismometers are all being subsumed into software-directed multipurpose platforms. SD-WANs are going to do the same to conventional routing.