In the age of cloud computing and digital transformation, many companies of all sizes have begun adopting software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) solutions for their WAN infrastructure to help support and accelerate these initiatives.
SD-WAN enhances the capabilities of your wide area network by improving the performance of your critical applications and establishing reliable connectivity between your branch locations and to your data center and cloud assets. By supporting a wide and agile range of transport options, SD-WAN creates a consistent experience for your end-users by effectively mitigating interruptions to day-to-day network operations.
DIY, or do-it-yourself, SD-WAN implies that a company’s in-house IT staff deploys the SD-WAN solution and fully manages every aspect of it. When a company chooses a managed SD-WAN solution, they outsource the solution’s deployment and management to a managed service provider (MSP).
Let’s take a look at the differences between these two approaches to determine which one is the best fit for your organization.