AvidThink Research Brief – The Enterprise SD-WAN Dilemma
To DIY or Not to DIY

"The decision on whether to DIY or not to DIY is a business decision . While the technology underlying each SD-WAN provider is certainly a component, the complete package around the technology offered by the SD-WAN vendor or MSP is what each business needs to evaluate."

Executive Summary

SD-WAN remains one of the hottest emergent IT solutions due to its ability to deliver fast, dependable, and secure enterprise WAN connections over relatively inexpensive, less reliable circuits . Unfortunately, like most hot IT technologies, SD-WAN is besieged by an excess of providers peddling SD-WAN labeled products with varying sets of features . Inevitably, buyers end up confused and then struggle to make the decision to use SD-WAN to displace or supplement traditional circuits. One of the biggest decisions an IT professional will make is the decision to take on the SD-WAN deployment themselves as a DIY project or go with an MSP. This research brief discusses the key pros and cons across both options in an effort to demystify the decision making process, providing the reader with a mind-map to make the right choice.


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