Catching the SD-WAN wave: the cost savings hype and MPLS misconceptions need more explanation

I recently had the pleasure of speaking as a panelist at an event break-out session discussing the benefits of SD-WAN. The session, “Catch the Next Wave of Cost Savings,” mirrored much of the current SD-WAN hype, and the abstract further stimulated excitement:

“With the promise of savings as high as 90%, are you ready to make the leap from MPLS?”

While the benefits of hybrid networks with SD-WAN are already proven and groundbreaking for many companies, the claims of totally replacing MPLS with SD-WAN are becoming bold and perpetuating unrealistic expectations. And it’s not just at events; I have seen white papers lately advertising 10X savings with pure SD-WAN. The issue: enterprises need help clarifying the line between hype and reality.

I believe buyers need more perspective, more context, and a voice of reason amidst all the sales talk. As our panel revealed, I think 90 percent SD-WAN cost savings are grossly overblown and the MPLS rip-and-replace assumption is a fallacy. Here’s what’s not being advertised about SD-WAN.

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