9 in 10 APAC IT decision makers plan to migrate to SD-WAN in next four years

Anuradha Shukla

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Legacy infrastructures are holding back cloud and digital strategies of organisations in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, according to Riverbed's Future of Networking Global Survey 2017.

Almost all (99 percent) of the APAC respondents agreed that legacy network infrastructure will have difficulty keeping pace with the changing demands of the cloud and hybrid networks.

Nine in 10 (93 percent) of them said that their organisation's cloud strategy will only reach its full potential with a next generation network, and 98 percent agreed that a next-gen network is critical to keep up with the needs of their business and end users.

As such, 92 percent of the APAC IT decision makers surveyed plan to migrate to software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) within the next four years, up from just 6 percent today.

"This survey and the resulting data reveal the tremendous pressure that IT decision makers in Asia Pacific are under to execute their cloud strategies, achieve digital transformation and keep pace with the speed of innovation that is the norm in today's hypercompetitive markets," said Bjorn Engelhardt, senior vice president, Asia Pacific & Japan, Riverbed Technology.


Legacy causing performance pains

Nearly half (48 percent) of the respondents reported that they experience cloud-related network issues specifically caused by their legacy infrastructure a few times a month or more. Majority (90 percent) said this impacts their business at least monthly.

Eighty-five percent of these same decision makers are still several years away from reaching the full potential of digital transformation, in part due to their legacy infrastructure.

More than two-thirds (70 percent) of APAC respondents also stated that legacy networking infrastructure is a barrier to their cloud strategy reaching its full potential.  

Fifty-five percent of respondents agree that achieving operational agility is critical to the success of a modern enterprise, and next generation networks as well as the technology to support them are key to reaching this goal.

"It was almost unanimous that to have a successful cloud strategy, organisations must adapt next-gen software-defined networking immediately to support it. Riverbed is dedicated to ensuring this transformation is successful and that organizations are able to achieve the operational agility needed to thrive through the use of SD-WAN for cloud networking," added Engelhardt.