Is SD-WAN a Better Bet for Unified Communications?

When organizations plan for digital transformation, there might be some discussion of bringing managed services, such as SD-WAN, into the mix. Many enterprises may have on-premise unified communications, but some vendors are pitching the possibility of running such services over software-defined, wide area networks. This push might ride the wave of growth expected for migration to managed services. A report issued in February by market research firm Global Market Insights projected the SD-WAN market to exceed $17 billion by 2025. Furthermore, the report estimated that managed services in SD-WAN could grow at a compound annual growth rate of more than 65% from 2019 to 2025. Networking consultancy Vertical Systems Group has likewise tracked migration to managed SD-WAN in July and posted a blog that projected the domestic market for carrier managed SD-WAN Services could rise to $4.5 billion by 2023. In May, however, the firm issued a blog post that slightly tempered expectations for SD-WAN, calling such migration “a more complex undertaking than has been pitched to date, particularly for larger enterprise and global networks.” If SD-WAN can prove its value, companies such as Aryaka and MNJ Technologies believe that there is an opportunity for it to serve as the virtual back bone for unified communications as a service (UCaaS).

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Article | May 18, 2023

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5G Needs Edge Computing to Deliver on Its Promises

Article | February 11, 2020

Edge computing will be a key enabler for 5G to deliver on its bandwidth and latency requirements. In the short term, it can enable developers to provide a “5G experience” at scale. In the long term, it will be necessary to optimise customer experience for real-time, data hungry applications. Telecoms operators have reported that 5G in the lab can deliver network speeds that are more than twenty times faster than LTE1. But, this does not reflect the experience of the average user. And 5G roll out in many countries will be limited in terms of coverage and capabilities for several more years, given that the ultra-low latency standards will only be revealed in 3GPP’s Release 16 later this year. This is why it is likely that, for 5G to deliver on its promises, it must be coupled with edge computing.

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