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AUSTIN, Texas,– NSS Labs, Inc., a global leader and trusted source for independent cybersecurity product testing, today announced the results of its 2019 Software Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) Group Test. In this year’s test, eight of the industry’s leading SD-WAN products were examined to help enterprises understand the merits of products in the market and identify the capabilities best suited to meet their use case requirements. Products in this test were assessed for the quality of experience (QoE) of VoIP and video, performance, total cost of ownership (TCO) and security effectiveness.
NSS Labs defines SD-WAN as the union of software-defined networking (SDN) and WAN technology. Part router, part WAN optimization, and part firewall, SD-WAN enables enterprises to leverage high-bandwidth, consumer-grade links (or links without guaranteed performance) for business-class services at a lower cost than traditional dedicated links. Enterprises are adopting SD-WANs for their branch office network needs – capitalizing on the visibility, scalability, performance, and control benefits the technology provides.
SD-WAN technology is rapidly evolving, and enterprises exploring SD-WAN technology should focus on network functionality and interoperability maturity to differentiate products. Additionally, SD-WAN is consumable in multiple ways including both appliance or as subscription based services. This flexibility offers enterprises the choice to deploy and manage their SD-WAN as business needs and IT priorities dictate.
For this second iteration of the SD-WAN Group Test, NSS Labs identified three use cases: manageability and cost, performance, and security in the form of protection against network-delivered exploitation.
“Interest and demand for SD-WAN continues to accelerate as enterprises gain significant cost and operational benefits,” said Jason Brvenik, Chief Executive Officer at NSS Labs. “All of the products tested in the 2019 SD-WAN Group Test offer a notable return on investment. Products offering integrated threat protections demonstrate further return on investment and operational efficiency. We encourage enterprises exploring SD-WAN technologies to read the results from this year’s test.”
NSS Labs is committed to providing empirical data and objective group test results that help organizations make educated decisions about purchasing and optimizing security products and services. We believe if a product is good enough to sell, it is good enough to test. If you do not see a product you are interested in, ask them where their results are and encourage participation. As with all NSS Labs group tests, there is no fee for participation.
About NSS Labs, Inc.
NSS Labs tests the world’s security products. Based in Austin, Texas, the company’s research and testing laboratory is recognized globally as the most trusted source for independent, fact-based cybersecurity guidance. C-Suite executives and information security professionals from many of the world’s most demanding global enterprises rely on NSS Labs to accelerate security decisions with greater confidence. For more information, visit www.nsslabs.com.