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2018 U.S. SD-WAN End-user Survey Analysis

2018 U.S. SD-WAN End-user Survey Analysis

The Software-defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) market has evolved from the early adopter stage to the early growth stage of the product lifecycle.

Frost & Sullivan’s previous survey, in 2016, provided insights into the SD-WAN market as it was navigating through the early adopter stage. In the last two years, enterprise decision makers have equipped themselves with a much better understanding of the benefits that SD-WAN brings to enterprise WANs. SD-WAN vendors and managed SD-WAN providers alike report witnessing a surge in sales and actual deployments. The Frost & Sullivan 2018 SD-WAN survey validates market trends, and captures insights into future adoption trends.

In this report, we provide a detailed analysis of the 2018 SD-WAN survey results that focus on enterprises’ current and planned adoption strategies for SD-WAN; perceived enterprise benefits of SD-WAN; and the criteria that network/IT decision-makers use while evaluating an SD-WAN vendor.


  • Executive Summary
  • Survey Methodology
    • Survey Methodology & Respondents' Demographics
  • U.S. SD-WAN Adoption Trends
    • SD-WAN Adoption Trends (U.S.), 2018
    • SD-WAN Adoption by Verticals (U.S.), 2018
    • SD-WAN Adoption by Company Sites (U.S.), 2018
  • Network Services Choice with SD-WAN
    • Network Services Choice with SD-WAN (U.S.), 2018
  • SD-WAN Drivers & Vendor Selection Criteria
    • Key Reasons Compelling Enterprises to Adopt SD-WAN (U.S.), 2018
    • SD-WAN Vendor Selection Criteria (U.S.), 2018
  • SD-WAN Buying Preference
    • SD-WAN Buying Preferences: Fully Managed SD-WAN on the Rise (U.S.), 2018
    • Reasons Compelling Enterprises to Buy Fully Managed SD-WAN (U.S.), 2018
    • Conclusions

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