Demystifying SD-WAN’s Relationship To Wan Optimisation

Panoptics partner VMware, examines the relationship between software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) and WAN Optimisation (WANop)


At first glance, SD-WAN and WAN Optimisation appear to perform very similar functions and can be substitutes for each other. Often erroneously mentioned as synonymous technologies, a deeper examination reveals two very distinct and highly complementary technologies with very limited feature overlap.

This document aims to demystify the relationship between the two, outline the market shifts that have led to a reduced WANop sector, and provide a recommendation on deploying both technologies in a modern enterprise WAN.

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