Multi-cloud, hybrid, and SASE architectures growing worldwide: Aryaka's State of the WAN report

April 9 2021

At the Ignite 2021 conference, Microsoft emphasized an integration between Azure Virtual WAN and VMware SD-WAN to connect branch offices and remote locations, while using a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) solution.

Coming on the heels of the event, Microsoft partner Aryaka shared its annual State of the WAN report, revealing growth in multi-cloud and changes to embrace remote workers. The report, based on responses from 1,350 IT professionals from around the world, indicates up to 44 percent of respondents are planning for increased hybrid work in the future due the pandemic as well as increased awareness of remote worker security. Almost a third are deploying SASE architectures, with another 56 percent planning to do so within the next one to two years.

Dave Ginsburg, VP of product and solutions marketing at Aryaka, shared some key takeaways from the report with MSCloudNews.

For its part, Aryaka continues to adapt its offerings based on the changes it sees in data like that in the State of the WAN report. Ginsburg explained:

Through our regional points of presence we have hand offs into Oracle, Google Cloud, Azure, AWS and Alibaba Cloud since last summer. We're seeing our customer base more deterministically adopting a multi-cloud environment, with regional hands off. We are able to offer a secure backbone and secure handoffs.

This is the first year the survey factored in Microsoft Teams as an element of networking. Due in-part to Teams demand, customers are demanding both cloud and multi-cloud connectivity. This couples with heightened demand for managed services to help maintain security. Natraj Iyer, director of product management at Aryaka told MSCloudNews:

We have comprehensive support for Azure products. For IaaS services we support connectivity via VPN, Express Route both private and public, Azure Virtual WAN’s hub and spoke. In fact we were one of the first managed service providers to support Virtual WAN. For SaaS, we support Microsoft peering via ER, M365, Teams, Blob storage. Between Azure IaaS and M365 we support over 300 customers (paying and trial).

A key shift since last year, both in survey results and Aryaka's outlook, is the emphasis on remote workers. Microsoft itself now discusses this trend prominently in its conferences and product announcements. Ginsburg explained:

More and more of our customer engagements combine networking and security angles, with a heightened focus on software defined cloud integration, or SDCI [managed multi-cloud connectivity where an enterprise can easily access multiple CSPs or SaaS apps without as much manual effort]…

Even post-pandemic, a proportion of the workplace will be working in a remote environment. Many are firmly establishing home office environments. One advantage we have is running aggregation code in pods. In the same way a branch or HQ comes in through managed [customer premises equipment] and hand-offs to cloud or SaaS apps, remote users have that same opportunity to hand off to Teams.

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