How Are Software-Defined Wide Area Networks (SD-WAN) and Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) Transforming Network Services

The growing demand for advanced connectivity and seamless data transmission is positioning network services as indispensable pillars of tomorrow’s digital economy. This is pushing network service providers to pivot growth strategies while adapting to changing customer priorities, rising competitive intensity, and disruptive technologies. Now, Software-Defined Wide Area Networks (SD-WAN) and Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) represent a paradigm shift in network operations, offering lower operating costs, increased security, higher efficiency, and better overall performance. This is also prompting providers to upgrade traditional infrastructure, while focusing on higher bandwidth, lower latency, and enhanced security solutions that support tomorrow’s artificial intelligence (AI) workloads and high-speed data applications.

Frost & Sullivan’s recent Enterprise Network Services webinar delved into the fascinating realm of Leveraging Software-Defined Wide Area Networks and Secure Access Service Edge for Growth. This engaging discussion explored competitive strategies, technology differentiators, growth opportunities, and best practices in colocation services to help industry incumbents optimize and scale their network services.

Here, the following growth experts collaborated to share their views on disruptive technologies in the Enterprise Network Services ecosystem: Stephen Thomas, Senior Industry Director, ICT, Enterprise Network Services at Frost & Sullivan; Leandro Agion, Industry Director, Information and Communication Technology, Enterprise Networks Services at Frost & Sullivan; and Amrit Singh, Industry Principal, ICT Enterprise Network Services at Frost & Sullivan.

Gain valuable perspectives from these experts by clicking here to access the recorded session of this webinar.

  • Embracing the Technology Evolution in SD-WAN and SASE: SD-WAN and SASE technologies are rapidly evolving, offering flexibility, agility, and automation to the network. This transformation is pushing network applications beyond traditional boundaries, necessitating robust growth strategies that factor in connectivity readiness, technology implementation, and compliance. How will your IT teams strategize to accelerate SD-WAN and SASE implementation across different business functions in your organization?
  • Catalyzing Transformation in Network Services: The evolution of network services from conventional setups to software-defined and cloud-based solutions has paved the way for AI-ready networks. This transformation demands rethinking network architectures, focusing on connectivity, infrastructure, and location planning for AI processing and low-latency applications. Which growth opportunities will help you maximize the ROI potential on your network investments?
  • Navigating Challenges to Support SD-WAN and SASE: Providers feel the pressure to overcome barriers such as ensuring sufficient bandwidth, embracing advancements in network hardware, keeping pace with the need for higher speeds, and adopting the latest security technologies. Which best practices will help network service providers deliver robust connectivity and security for high-bandwidth applications?
  • Designing Innovative Network Solutions: To prepare networks for AI workloads, scalability, high-speed connectivity, and advanced security measures are emerging as crucial factors. Existing infrastructures feel the pressure to adopt robust network management tools, innovative network designs that incorporate AI-driven optimizations, and integrated edge computing to support low-latency, real-time processing. How will your organization leverage NaaS to enhance network agility and meet dynamic business demands?
  • Fostering Collaboration in the Network Services Ecosystem: Successful businesses prioritize collaboration in their network services ecosystems, integrating offerings from IT infrastructure developers, cloud service providers, and cybersecurity experts, thereby implementing best practices in data transmission, orchestration, and workflow management. How will you identify the right partnership strategies to integrate cutting-edge network technologies that support your organization’s growth goals?
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