Nearly half (47%) of network professionals involved in an IoT initiative are delivering IoT connectivity via their existing WAN services, according to EMA research. Additionally, 77% of network teams expect their IoT ecosystems to add “significant” or “very significant” traffic to the network by next year. And many IoT applications receive a high priority on the network.
Our research has found that 27% of network pros assign IoT traffic a high quality of service (QoS) setting, and only 12% dump IoT traffic into a best-effort QoS tier. Thus, IoT devices not only demand bandwidth. They may bump other applications out of the way. Enterprises are going to need more bandwidth and more sophisticated QoS technology.
Fortunately, SD-WAN solutions deliver added bandwidth and granular, easy-to-use QoS controls. SD-WAN solutions are highly programmable via a graphical user interface, allowing engineers to assign and adjust QoS settings for applications on a global basis. SD-WAN solutions also enable hybrid connectivity, allowing enterprises to supplement MPLS connectivity with cheaper broadband links. This drives down the cost per bit at remote sites without sacrificing network service reliability.