Network stability and security has been a core focus for many companies over the past few years, and that's expected to continue.
Software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) in particular has stood out as a worthwhile investment into infrastructure. As with many new technologies, it's rapidly evolving each and every year. Here are three trends experts suggest keeping an eye on moving forward:
1. Cybersecurity to see improvements
From the cloud to on-site servers, data breaches remain a top concern for organizations integrating new solutions. SD-WAN provides peace of mind here through its intuitive features, like traffic segmentation, application firewalls and centralized management, Tech Target reported.
"Considering that the security threat vector continues to become more aggressive, and that the migration of enterprise apps significantly enhances the cyber attack surface for any enterprise, the need for comprehensive 'multilayered' security is likely to become critical in the future," a report from the International Data Corporation (IDC) said.
The IDC believes the SD-WAN is uniquely positioned to mitigate many threats thanks to the ease with which IT staff are notified and can respond to attacks in real-time. As such, any option your company is evaluating should boast a suite of cyber security tools.
2. Devices gain support
Nearly 43 percent of the U.S. workforce has reported that they've worked from home in some aspect, according to a Gallup poll. Pair this off-site access to the network with the flood of mobile device users also logging on when they're in the office, and you'll quickly recognize that SD-WAN needs better mobile support.
You can't micro-manage everyone to get them to download the latest version updates. It's a reason why experts believe some vendors will begin offering client-less SD-WAN connectivity, Forbes reported.
3. Artificial intelligence makes an appearance
Machine learning algorithms are a hot commodity among the data science community, but industry analysts believe it could be adapted for SD-WAN too, according to Forbes. The software would effectively be able to predict the network's peaks and valleys in terms of bandwidth consumption and traffic, allowing companies to better allocate resources.
This type of technology may still be a while away from mass production, but expect its development to make waves this year.