Large vendors are adding SD-WAN to their appliance consolidation strategy making it yet another feature in their multi-application box. Be aware of the vendor lock this introduces and don’t let this distract your SD-WAN vendor selection. This post talks about the technical and business risks associated with this strategy.
The closeness of SD-WAN becomes a real issue for service providers due to their inability to differentiate and the growing competition coming from the same vendors they are reselling. Enterprises are also realizing the risk embedded in the one vendor to rule their network approach of SD-WAN and their inability to adjust the SD-WAN based network to their needs.