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Beth Schultz | March 25, 2016 |

 
   

Viptela, SevOne Team on SD-WAN Management

Viptela, SevOne Team on SD-WAN Management As the SD-WAN market heats up, vendors and service providers will increasingly look for ways to differentiate themselves.

As the SD-WAN market heats up, vendors and service providers will increasingly look for ways to differentiate themselves.

A month or so ago, industry analyst Zeus Kerravala, asked the question of us, "Software-Defined WAN: Reality or Just More Hype?" SD-WAN is still too new for a definitive "yes" or "no," he said in answering his own question, but when applied in the WAN, software-defined technology does indeed have a "chance of narrowing the gap between reality and hype."

Fresh market research data coming from IDC lends credence to Kerravala's supposition. IDC yesterday released its first-ever forecast of the SD-WAN market, and the projections show promise -- an estimated $6 billion-plus in worldwide SD-WAN revenues in 2020. That figure represents a compound annual growth rate of more than 90% over the 2015-to-2020 forecast period, IDC reported.

IDC supports this forecast in part by recent U.S. survey data showing that nearly half of enterprises plan to consider migration to SD-WAN over the next two years. "Accordingly, IDC forecasts that SD-WAN revenue will start to ramp strongly in 2016 and 2017 across a range of vertical markets," IDC noted in a press release on its "Cloud and Drive for WAN Efficiencies Power Move to SD-WAN" report.

Getting the Word Out
Naturally, increased enterprise uptake means we'll see lots of posturing among vendors and service providers as they seek attention. Vonage, for example, will be able to promote itself as a 2016 Best of Enterprise Connect finalist for its SDWAN-based service called SmartWAN. And SD-WAN vendor VeloCloud likewise can market itself as providing the technology powering that service.

Viptela, another SD-WAN technology provider, can lay claim to providing the platform on which Verizon has built its SD-WAN service. And, as announced earlier this week, Viptela can differentiate on its partnership with SevOne, which provides an infrastructure management platform.

Management View
From Viptela's perspective, the partnership is about extending the simplicity of its SD-WAN platform to the management layer, Manan Shah, director of product management at Viptela, told me during a briefing earlier this week. Intelligence from Viptela's vManage configuration management and monitoring application will feed into the SevOne Digital Infrastructure Management Platform for a single-pane-of-glass view.

For this integration, Viptela is exporting SNMP data and IPFIX flows into the SevOne platform. In addition, SevOne not only has access to but also received certification on its use of Viptela's REST APIs. "This is about as rich of an integration as one can get," said Joe Ruffles, global product marketing manager, SevOne.

Viptela and SevOne teamed based on a request from mutual enterprise customers needing to manage the SD-WAN platform as part of overall digital infrastructure, Ruffles noted. One of those companies, a Fortune 100 healthcare provider, has had a proof-of-concept test underway for several weeks, Shah added.

"SD WAN is still pretty new to a lot of customers, ... and it's comforting for them to know they will be able to have the same monitoring and management tool for the SD WAN as they had for the traditional WAN," Shah said.

As Kerravala pointed out in another No Jitter post, enterprises will have a lot of confusion to work through along their SD-WAN deployment paths. Integrated monitoring and management is one way to address such an issue.

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