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Research Firm Attributes Q2 SD-WAN Surge to Router Replacement

October 11, 2019 / David Ramel

Noting a surge in the software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) market, research firm IHS Markit claimed the disruptive technology was entering a "router replacement phase." In our discussions with vendors, it has become apparent that most recognize SD-WAN as a mainstream technology," said IHS Markit analyst Josh Bancroft. "As a result, larger enterprises have begun to refresh their legacy, router-centric WANs with SD-WAN. Vendors are capitalizing on the refresh opportunities with customers that have large bases of aging router equipment." The firm said the SD-WAN market -- including appliances and control and management software -- rose 23 percent in the second quarter of this year.