SD-WAN: Managed or DIY?
Once an enterprise decides to deploy SD-WAN, the next decision is whether to have it managed or go it alone. The answer really depends upon the type of company and its needs.
Many enterprises will choose the managed SD-WAN option, at least initially. Even though they may pay more, these companies want to have another company manage their SD-WAN network because they believe it can save time and cut down on operational overhead by freeing the IT staff to spend time on other projects that may bring more value to the company.
Plus, not every company has the type of IT resources needed to devote to this type of deployment. Often a company is adding SD-WAN to its existing MPLS network and that can add complexity that most IT departments aren’t prepared to handle.
But not every customer opts for the managed service. Some enterprises do have the necessary in-house IT skills that can handle this type of network. Besides the cost savings, going it alone can give enterprises the option of tweaking the network to fit their specific needs.
Security is also a key reason many companies go the do it yourself route. Right or wrong, there is the perception that companies that can customize their security will be better protected than those that don’t.