Key Criteria for Evaluating SD-WAN

Table of Contents

  1. Summary
  2. About the Vendor Profile
  3. Key Criteria Analysis
  4. Near-Term Future Features
  5. Vendor Evaluation
  6. The Bottom Line

1. Summary

Aryaka occupies a fairly unique position in the SD-WAN market by providing their own technology along with a managed service, which they call an integrated service offering. This approach delivers its key differentiator: predictable global application performance.

Aryaka was founded in 2009 before widespread cloud adoption spurred the increasing need for what we now call SD-WAN. For their first five years, they positioned themselves as a WAN optimization platform, or in their words, “a managed wide area network delivered as a consumable service.” Their managed SD-WAN service is currently used by over 800 customers worldwide.

The core of this service is a private, meshed L2 network with 30+ points-of-presence (PoPs) across six continents. These PoPs are positioned to be within 30ms of 95% of the world’s knowledge workers. This global network provides predictable latency, MPLS-like SLAs, and is tuned specifically for application performance through the use of key technologies. Aryaka can also provide last-mile circuits to connect an enterprise’s locations to its global backbone.

Aryaka’s SmartConnect SD-WAN platform was initially built to serve large, multinational corporations with around 20-400 global locations, each of which connected directly to an Aryaka PoP. They have recently launched a new regional service that allows site-to-site VPNs via the internet, and the ability to provide hierarchical inter-regional connectivity. This significantly increases its target market. Originally SmartConnect was the single product offered by Aryaka. They are now separating out individual services under the names SmartOptimize, SmartCloud, SmartSecure, SmartInsights, and SmartManage, all part of the SmartServices platform.

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