Aryaka pinpoints SASE trends with new report

Pictured: Scott Raynovich, founder and chief analyst at Futuriom


Aryaka, the developer of managed cloud-first WAN solutions, has published its fifth annual 2021 State of the WAN report, a survey of global SD-WAN and SASE planning.


Trends identified in the report include:

  • Accelerating fusion of networking and security planning, with almost a third of enterprises stating that they are already deploying what they consider to be a secure access service edge (SASE) architecture
  • A hybrid work environment that will persist after the pandemic recedes, with over 80% stating that they expect over a quarter of workers to remain remote, and over two-thirds desiring flexibility between on-premises and remote deployments
  • Continued WAN and application growth, resulting in increased network complexity. The number of enterprises reporting they’re deploying over 500 distinct applications has grown to 46%. 37% of enterprises identify complexity as their number one network concern
  • 43% of enterprises identify application performance as an underlying driver for WAN transformation. However, WAN transformations have slowed this year due to the pandemic
  • Over 70% of enterprises intend to move to managed services versus just 18% who prefer the autonomy of a do-it-yourself WAN solution

“Every year I look forward to Aryaka’s State of the WAN report for information on industry trends,” said Scott Raynovich, founder and chief analyst at Futuriom. “This year, the report reflects many of the same trends we are seeing at Futuriom, which include the ongoing integration of cloud-based networking services and security — otherwise known as Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) — as well as strong demand for virtualized networking solutions targeted at Work from Anywhere (WFA) and hybrid work environments.”


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