Hybrid networking solutions and SD-WAN are hot topics that are trending in the IT world right now. Our partners over at Masergy, wrote the following article based off of a released survey, highlighting the confidence that IT professionals have in their current networks and why hybrid SD-WAN is the future.

In the age of digital transformation, IT executives have serious doubts about their network performance living up to future enterprise expectations, but hybrid networking solutions or hybrid WANs including SD-WAN are boosting their confidence. That’s the conclusion in a new Market Pulse survey recently released by IDG Research Services.

Why the doubt and uncertainty? It’s increasingly the norm for innovative, data-intensive applications and workloads to tax legacy WANs. As software as a service becomes the standard for how business gets done in every industry, IT also faces greater challenges in application service levels all while keeping costs under control. The study found that nearly half of IT professionals have low confidence levels in their current network abilities and WAN architecture. Managing both cost and increasing complexity, in fact, rank among the top connectivity challenges over the next 12 months for IT executives, according to the study. The need to “future-proof” the WAN is well documented in the report, and 40 percent of the respondents indicate that this is possible with hybrid networks that leverage SD-WAN.

Clearly, this presents an opportunity for enterprise IT leaders. CIOs, CTOs, and IT managers can use SD-WAN to make their corporate network more dynamic, helping alleviate the strains they’re facing today and in the future. The survey proves that few CIOs are willing to “rip-and-replace” their existing networks with SD-WAN. Therefore, the solution lies in deploying a hybrid WAN where both MPLS and SD-WAN coexist to serve business critical bandwidth-hungry applications while optimizing their performance.

In this manner, SD-WAN helps make IT executives more confident in their organization’s future preparedness. Credit goes to features such as the ability to automate the process of assigning network paths across both MPLS and public Internet connections based on workload demands, and to utilize different transport options, basing cost and performance choices according to application. Another value lies in SD-WAN’s ability to simplify network management, a benefit cited by 49 percent of survey respondents. Network visibility and control clearly get a boost with SD-WAN’s central point of management.

The study concludes, “This is why the use of SD-WAN is rapidly increasing, as it offers the necessary agility, control, and efficiency essential to delivering a platform for supporting a dynamic organization.”

It’s evident that most executives are already on the hybrid SD-WAN wagon. Out of the 69 percent of survey respondents that are actively researching, piloting, or have SD-WANs in production, more than half are using the technology right now.