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Survey: Bright SD-WAN Outlook Driven by Cost Reduction, but Security Lags

February 04, 2020 / David Ramel

Cato Networks published its fourth State of the WAN report, finding that the outlook for software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) is bright for 2020, driven by organizations seeking to reduce WAN costs. Most respondents (66 percent) will have some kind of SD-WAN deployed by the end of 2020," the company said. "What's more, 40 percent of MPLS respondents will have converted to SD-WAN. That was just one takeaway from the Tel Aviv company that touts its security-infused SD-WAN-based offering as a convergence of SD-WAN and secure access service edge (SASE). Another highlight details why organizations are turning to SD-WAN: "Most respondents (56 percent) consider SD-WAN to reduce WAN costs. Network agility as it applies to sites -- whether in the form of faster site deployment or increasing bandwidth -- is also popular.