Cisco leads SD-WAN market ahead of VMware in 2017: IDC

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The Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) infrastructure market is expected to grow at 40.4 percent compound annual growth rate from 2017 to 2022 to reach $4.5 billion, according to IDC report.

SD-WAN infrastructure revenues surged 83.3 percent in 2017 to $833 million. The market has become competitive, with traditional networking vendors looking to M&A strategies to complement their existing offerings.

Cisco is leading the SD-WAN infrastructure market, driven by its extensive routing portfolio that is used in SD-WAN deployments, as well as its Meraki offering and its August 2017 acquisition of Viptela.

VMware, which in December 2017 purchased VeloCloud, holds the second largest market share in the SD-WAN infrastructure market, followed by Silver Peak, Riverbed, Aryaka, Nokia and Versa.