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SD-WAN Cost & ROI

Identifying the key cost levers and determining the ROI of SD-WAN is a key aspect of the decision-making process. Not all SD-WAN solutions are the same and the ROI will depend on the architecture, the business model and the technology chosen. But with the right combination, SD-WAN will provide to be the most cost-effective solution for the modern enterprise.

SD-WAN Cost Factors

A detailed ROI calculation will take into account a number of factors like size of the organization, the number of applications hosted in the cloud, the number of remote branch locations / sites, the bandwidth requirements per site, the number of International locations, the current MPLS spend, security and the current operations model. These factors can be bucketed into the following key areas:


SaaS adoption and cloud migration have increased bandwidth requirements. MPLS is sometimes a significantly more expensive and less flexible solution to address this need. SD-WAN allows the judicious use of other transport mechanisms like broadband internet (DIA) thus reducing the transport costs. Further, solutions like Aryaka’s Cloud-First SD-WAN as-a-service comes with a global network of Layer 2 PoPs that provide equal or better than MPLS quality.


OpEx is a big part of network costs. The cost of training highly skilled network professionals can be a significant part of the expense. In an as-a-service Cloud-First SD-WAN these costs are significantly reduced. Also, the availability of a centralized and unified operations and management system provides the necessary visibility across the network, thus reducing the need for Network Operations Center (NOC) professionals.


While comparing different SD-WAN solutions, one must also factor in the cost of deploying the solution. Aryaka’s cloud first WAN eliminates the cost entirely on account of being an as-a-service model.


Typically, WAN Optimization requires an additional investment in terms of hardware and manpower. Aryaka’s as-a-service SD-WAN offers integrated WAN Optimization as part of the solution. This further reduces the overall cost of ownership.


The costs associated with new SD-WAN equipment should be factored into the overall ROI. Aryaka’s cloud-first SD-WAN solution eliminates this cost by providing an as-a-service model.


  • 1/5

    MPLS Transport

    SaaS adoption and cloud migration have increased bandwidth requirements. MPLS is sometimes a significantly more expensive and less flexible solution to address this need. SD-WAN allows the judicious use of other transport mechanisms like broadband internet (DIA) thus reducing the transport costs. Further, solutions like Aryaka’s Cloud-First SD-WAN as-a-service comes with a global network of Layer 2 PoPs that provide equal or better than MPLS quality.

  • 2/5

    Operations

    OpEx is a big part of network costs. The cost of training highly skilled network professionals can be a significant part of the expense. In an as-a-service Cloud-First SD-WAN these costs are significantly reduced. Also, the availability of a centralized and unified operations and management system provides the necessary visibility across the network, thus reducing the need for Network Operations Center (NOC) professionals.

  • 3/5

    Deployment

    While comparing different SD-WAN solutions, one must also factor in the cost of deploying the solution. Aryaka’s cloud first WAN eliminates the cost entirely on account of being an as-a-service model.

  • 4/5

    WAN Optimisation

    Typically, WAN Optimization requires an additional investment in terms of hardware and manpower. Aryaka’s as-a-service SD-WAN offers integrated WAN Optimization as part of the solution. This further reduces the overall cost of ownership.

  • 5/5

    SD-WAN Hardware CapEx

    The costs associated with new SD-WAN equipment should be factored into the overall ROI. Aryaka’s cloud-first SD-WAN solution eliminates this cost by providing an as-a-service model.

Additional Resources

ROI of SD-WAN-as-a-Service

SD-WAN continues to lure more-and-more network professionals and CIO’s. Learn how deploying an SD-WAN Solution can go beyond regular cost savings.

What IT Leaders Should Know About the SD-WAN Market

Read this white paper to understand industry analysts’ predictions about the growth of the SD-WAN market and why they matter to IT leaders preparing for digital transformation initiatives.

Aryaka Global SD-WAN:
Company Brief

Aryaka’s global SD-WAN provides fast, reliable, secure, and scalable connectivity, and application acceleration to globally distributed enterprises.

Additional Resources

  • ROI of SD-WAN-as-a-Service

    SD-WAN continues to lure more-and-more network professionals and CIO’s. Learn how deploying an SD-WAN Solution can go beyond regular cost savings.

  • What IT Leaders Should Know About the SD-WAN Market

    Read this white paper to understand industry analysts’ predictions about the growth of the SD-WAN market and why they matter to IT leaders preparing for digital transformation initiatives.

  • Aryaka Global SD-WAN:
    Company Brief

    Aryaka’s global SD-WAN provides fast, reliable, secure, and scalable connectivity, and application acceleration to globally distributed enterprises.