Doyle Research Case Study: SD-WAN at a Fortune-500 Retailer
Doyle Research interviewed the Director of Networking and Telecom at a large US-based retailer. This retailer has approximately 3,500 stores (around the world) across multiple brands. Revenues exceed $10B per year, and it has over 100,000 employees. Each store has several dozen distinct applications, including Point of Sale (PoS), which must be linked back to one of its three data centers and to the Internet. Its current WAN environment is a mix of MPLS and VPLS private circuits from a variety of carriers. All stores have some (limited) Internet connectivity. Annual spend on WAN circuits exceeds $25 million per year. The retailer has a sizable team of IT specialists to support the WAN across its global network.
To bring the availability and cost efficiency of Internet WAN transport to its own WAN network, the retailer looked at different SD-WAN solutions.
Lee Doyle is Principal Analyst at Doyle Research, providing client focused targeted analysis on the Evolution of Intelligent Networks. He has over 25 years’ experience analyzing the IT, network, and telecom markets. Lee has written extensively on such topics as SDN, NFV, enterprise adoption of networking technologies, and IT-Telecom convergence. Before founding Doyle Research, Lee was Group VP for Network, Telecom, and Security research at IDC. Lee contributes to such industry periodicals as Network World, Light Reading, and Tech Target. Lee holds a B.A. in Economics from Williams College.