Security and SD-WAN, a Doubleheader for MSSPs
As more and more businesses owners look to optimize their costs for business connectivity and continuity over wide-area networks (WANs), the demand for disruptive and cost-effective solutions, such as SD-WAN, are on the rise. The software-defined wide-area network market is already experiencing this surge, according to research from IDC that predicts the market will exceed $4.5 billion in 2022.
Additionally, as we move further into 2019, the cloud is no longer a differentiator for businesses — it’s a necessity. Predominantly small- to-medium-size businesses (SMBs) rely on cloud and SaaS applications for improved mobility, agility and productivity. This trend isn’t only limited to storage, infrastructure and business applications, but also stretches to network connectivity and communications, as more and more businesses are operating with connections between multiple locations. The remote workforce is also playing a key role. As a matter of fact, Strategy Analytics estimates that by 2023 the global mobile workforce will account for 43 percent of the total workforce.
As we see more applications migrate to the public cloud, hybrid WAN architectures are preferred over traditional hub-and-spoke approaches, as it minimizes issues related to application performance latency. Annual expenditures for internet service continue to grow year-over-year as performance and bandwidth requirements grow, and companies are looking for smarter ways to stay within budget without affecting network performance. Flexible work options based on integrated unified communications with bring your own device are also driving the need for solutions such as SD-WAN that can deliver transport efficiency and productivity at reasonable costs. Early adoption of SD-WAN has been fueled by low-cost connectivity, with increased performance, visibility and reliability. These also continue to be the primary motivators for the SMB and midmarket segments, which will further increase the adoption of SD-WAN in 2019 and beyond.
These evolving business-connectivity needs are creating massive opportunities not only for vendors providing differentiated SD-WAN solutions to carrier services, but also for the MSPs serving the SMB market. Managing network connectivity and security can be daunting for business owners, as it often requires specialized staff and skill sets. As cloud services make connectivity easier, they also increase the need for cybersecurity and introduce new complexities around data control and security. Being the trusted advisers for a customers’ infrastructure, IT and security needs, MSPs can further bolster their portfolio by converging the network infrastructure deployment, management and monitoring services along with an added layer of security. By leveraging disruptive technologies, providers can offer these capabilities from a single solution.
Just like data and applications where MSPs assume the life cycle management approach – starting from installation, all the way to management and maintenance that is layered with differentiated security services – SD-WAN combined with network security solutions enables MSPs to offer life cycle management of network packets and WAN communications. This starts with deployment, remote management and monitoring, layered with security services. It enables new recurring revenue opportunities for MSPs, allowing them to not only deliver effective and reliable connectivity services, but also differentiates those services with packaged security offerings — all bundled together as a simple solution for their customers. But profitability is key, which requires …