The study, which questioned 300 UK based IT decision-makers across the education, financial services, and retail sectors, found that the education sector (47%) is the most concerned about security issues, followed by retail (43%) and financial services (36%).
For IT decision-makers, the following priorities were revealed for the next 12 months:
·Network security 61%
·Improving cloud performance 44%
·Improving application performance (44%)
·Increasing network agility (41%)
It is reassuring to see businesses prioritizing increased security, application performance, and increased cloud usage, all of which SD-WAN technology can help to address. The goal of the study is to dispel the urban myths surrounding the technology currently in the market and educate customers of its benefits in supporting business growth.
The study also finds that businesses understand the role SD-WAN can play in their digital transformation, with 74% of respondents believing the technology is crucial to enabling the process. It is also seen as the future of connectivity, with 77% of respondents believing it will ultimately take over the WAN landscape in the future.Tom Adams, Director of Product Marketing at Cogeco Peer 1, said: “There are clearly a number of perceived risks around SD-WAN that are preventing UK businesses from realising its benefits. It is time for the technology industry to come together and educate UK businesses about the potential SD-WAN brings. If the industry doesn’t unite, there is a danger that businesses will be left behind and unable to remain competitive.”