Why should you choose DIY vs Managed SD WAN?
What is DIY SD WAN?
DIY SD WAN offers complete control of your solution with every aspect managed by your IT team. The typical organisation will already understand and posses accreditations with staff to ensure in-country and global coverage. Responsibilities include deployment, configuration, change requests, monitoring and support.
What is Managed SD WAN?
Managed SD WAN provides an as-a-service capability with out of the box configuration based on your specific needs. Managed services include deployment, setup, 24*7 monitoring and support with optional service management throughout contract.
In both respsects, it is critical to understand your requirements today but also into the near future as selecting the wrong capability could be detrimental to your Enterprise.
Use cases for Managed SD WAN
Companies which opt to outsource their WAN typically lack the resources within IT to configure, deploy, maintain and monitor services. The capability to manage their network infrastructure is not viable or of core interest to the business. Where requirements are simple and changes do not occur on a regular basis, managed services are an ideal way for businesses to concentrate on their day to day value without worrying about the service and security of their WAN.
Use cases for DIY SD WAN
DIY SD WAN is often adopted by small businesses where the infrastructure does not warrant paying additional costs for management or large global Enterprise organizations with complex requirements. With the right IT team, accreditations and training, DIY SD WAN is the most agile option to quickly react to changes and deal with bespoke and complex requirements.
What is the best deployment option for your business?
The best deployment option for your business is dependent on analysis of needs. Netify recommends understanding:
- What technical expertise does your business have internally
- Does your business have the resource to staff SD WAN on a 365/24/7 basis
- What value is added by opting to manage your WAN internally
- How complex are your requirements
- Do you need to react quickly to issues and problems
- Does your business need to outsource other telecoms services including SASE security, cloud and voice
- How much control does your business need
- Does the business have full awareness of regulations and frameworks
- Can your business offer an internal workable SLA (Service Level Agreement)
Managed SASE Security is also one of the critical areas your business should consider. The management of SD WAN is only one component of an overall security strategy to ensure services such as Advanced Threat Protection, Secure Web Gateway, Cloud Access Security Broker, Next Generation Firewall, Zero Trust Network Access and more are considered.
The majority of managed service providers also offer management of security as a core component of their SD WAN offering. By 2025, as a result of digital business projects, 75% of enterprise-generated data will be created and processed outside the traditional, centralized data center or cloud.