SD-WAN Has Undeniable Benefits – Will You Get a Return on the Investment?

by Yulia Duryea
January 19, 2018

SD-WAN offers a wealth of advantages over traditional wide area networks, including an unprecedented combination of cost optimization, virtually zero downtime, and greatly increased flexibility in the deployment of new locations, services, and policies.

A prudent pursuit of those advantages should, of course, include building a business case for the transition. As with any potential change to existing legacy technology with a newer solution, consideration of SD-WAN begs the question: What return can we expect on the investment?

An accurate answer to that question must take into account several factors about the adopting enterprise, as WAN complexity means that a single solution will never provide exactly the same return for all adopters. Every enterprise is to some degree unique in terms of infrastructure, geographic locations, IT strategy and architecture/application roadmaps, all of which affect SD-WAN ROI. Because of that, financial benefits for Company A may be significantly different from the financial benefits for Company B.

So yes, SD-WAN will unquestionably deliver networking advantages. Now, what’s the business case?

A tool for quantifying SD-WAN ROI, specific to your enterprise

To help inform the business case for SD-WAN, Windstream provides an SD-WAN ROI calculatorthat accounts for influencing factors that can be unique to each enterprise. This tool’s analysis follows the same process Windstream undertakes with any customer navigating its own WAN options.

For many enterprises, the ROI calculator supports a clear financial case for SD-WAN. For some other enterprises, it may reveal that any transition to SD-WAN should be based on non-financial considerations, such as a pressing need to reduce network downtime and improve network security. Either way, it’s important to know.

Getting an accurate picture for your own enterprise with the Windstream SD-WAN ROI calculator takes just a few minutes, in which you answer key questions about ROI influencers. You’ll know the answers to most questions immediately. For the few requiring answers not necessarily at your fingertips, the calculator offers the option of using default values based on industry averages.

(As an added extra, the calculator asks you to weigh a number of WAN challenges you face from low to high – and will show you how your choices compare with your peers who have gone through the same exercise.)

Once you’ve provided input, the Windstream SD-WAN ROI calculator will respond with the estimated value you can derive from implementing a SD-WAN, relative to your priority challenges. The calculator will quantify total annual value in terms of both direct benefits and indirect benefits – complete with a personalized report.

There is no time like the present to run the numbers.

If you’ve begun investigating SD-WAN, you’ve almost certainly encountered claims about cost savings. If you’re skeptical about blanket statements, you can now find out for yourself how much ROI your business could achieve by evolving to SD-WAN.

So pour yourself a cup of coffee – or whatever you do in these situations – sit back, and let the Windstream SD-WAN ROI calculator provide you with answers that can help you move forward. You may be amazed at what you find out.