Creativity flourishes in enterprise IT departments, especially when it comes to identifying solutions for persistent or potential network issues. Technology has made daily operations infinitely more complicated over the past two decades. A single malfunction or error could shut down a company for an extended period of time, sending sales plummeting and push the public stock offering into a downward spiral.

Businesses across the globe have come to understand this and have begun to change the way they handle in-house networking. No longer is it an after-thought. A recent study by the International Data Corporation projects the software-defined wide area network industry to hit the $6 billion market cap by 2020 – an indicator that corporations are now taking their infrastructure seriously.

What the market expansion means for your company

The growth of the SD-WAN market isn’t the big story here – the idea that network solutions are becoming more prevalent is. Companies are finally understanding that burgeoning technology, like video for internal communications purposes, will put a strain on their legacy network. The simple fact of the matter is, if your company bought its network just five years ago, it’ll most certainly be outdated and unable to perform in the next few years.

“The drivers for enterprises to deploy software-defined wide area network are clear: agility and security with reduced costs,” Cliff Grossner, senior research director for data center, cloud and SDN at IHS, said in a recent statement, according to EWeek. “Automating WAN operations, improving application performance and branch office security are all necessary for agility.”

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Enterprise networks face daily stress – be sure to find the solution before a problem exists.

Data transferring can be a strenuous operation, even for the mightiest of networks. One single video could reduce Internet speeds drastically, crippling important services for the company. But you can’t simply write these off – then your company would be throwing up a white flag in a moment where it needs a leader to stride through the battlefield with his or her head held high.

Grossner mentioned agility being a large part of companies employing the help of SD-WANs, but multiple other programs and applications provide this. The scope of a CIO shouldn’t be limited to just one program and how it can be used to help a certain operation, but how implementing a program can alleviate stress across the board.

Though similar to an SD-WAN, yet still very different, a software-defined enterprise content delivery network has the capability of helping a business in multiple areas of operation – not just the one it’s implemented for.

True value with an SD-ECDN

Market reports for an SD-ECDN are difficult to come across because it is such a revolutionary, proprietary piece of technology. Essentially, it reroutes data from videos so it doesn’t go through the network, thereby slowing down other crucial processes to the business.

In some ways, the SD-ECDN is similar to an SD-WAN because they both work toward the same goal – shifting pressure off of the network. But the SD-ECDN does much more than that. It opens up a new era for a corporation to streamline internal communications and reduce costs in multiple areas by allowing for the proliferated use of video at an enterprise level.

“An SD-ECDN can help a business on multiple fronts.”

Take for example onboarding, which normally requires an employee (and salary) dedicated to training new workers. This process can be vastly improved by enlisting videos as a means to accomplish it, but the amount of stress that puts on a network at any size company is unimaginable. It can slow down other people’s work and make the videos unwatchable because of latency issues. An SD-ECDN can reroute the traffic and cache the videos, meaning they require little to no data transferring to watch. This frees up the employee normally tasked with onboarding to accomplish other tasks, and creates a uniformed, reliable learning program.

The positive effects of an SD-ECDN aren’t limited to extending the longevity of a legacy network. As mentioned before, it can allow the company to re-evaluate positions, but it can also prevent a business from spending money on a large event hall to make company announcements – thereby putting money back in its pocket.

No longer will companies have to shell out thousands of dollars to rent a conference room to make a company-wide announcement. Instead of getting everyone in one room at a time that may be of inconvenience to them, executives can broadcast a live show and the SD-ECDN can cache it for later. This lets employees who are working continue doing their job, and have the ability to watch it at their convenience. Without an SD-ECDN, this would be a major issue. The amount of people trying to watch it all at once would surely crash the network.

With the consistent, and somewhat explosive, growth the SD-WAN market is seeing, it’s clear companies are truly valuing creative and innovative networking solutions. Has your company done anything to protect the longevity of its network yet?