EMEA businesses turn to SD-WAN in spite of lack of education | SD-WAN cynicism and confusion reigns
Businesses in EMEA are significantly increasing their investment in cloud-friendly networking technologies, despite a lack of education and skill, according to the findings of a study of 410 IT and networking professionals released today by Barracuda Networks, the leader in cloud-enabled security and data protection solutions.
- 89% of EMEA organisations are either already using software defined wide area networking (SD-WAN), a technology that helps users access the cloud quickly and securely, or are considering it
- The biggest driver for implementing SD-WAN is to improve application performance between locations
- The IT C-suite is responsible for the most (28%) SD-WAN projects
- Eight in ten (82%) EMEA organisations think that their SD-WAN solution has lived up to expectations
- EMEA lags behind the rest of the world in SD-WAN knowledge: only three in ten (32.7%) fully understand SD-WAN, compared to a global average of 41%
- EMEA thinks SD-WAN has been overhyped, with over half (53%) of organisations thinking it is a buzzword and won’t revolutionise networking, higher than the US (42%) and APAC (51%)
- The number one issue for one in three (34%) who have deployed SD-WAN was a lack of internal skill and understanding
- Four in ten (43%) think SD-WAN will replace MPLS
- Almost two thirds (64%) believe there’s currently not enough SD-WAN training in their organisation
Cyber attack defence is EMEA organisations’ biggest priority
Perhaps unsurprisingly for a region where the financial and reputational cost of a data breach has never been higher, reducing the risk of cyber attacks is the main focus for organisations over the next 12 months, with over half (52%) choosing it as their top priority. This surpasses projects leveraging artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), automation and the Internet of Things (IoT), proving that businesses realise the importance of getting security right before embarking on more innovation-led development.