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Mushroom Networks 2018 Predictions: Unique features and focused approaches will come to light in the SD-WAN space

VMblog Predictions 2018

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2018.  Read them in this 10th annual series exclusive.

Contributed by Dr. Cahit Jay Akin, CEO and co-founder of Mushroom Networks

Unique features and focused approaches will come to light in the SD-WAN space

I never liked bragging, but let me start this year's predictions by giving credit to my predictions from last year... I can say more or less, the rise and pick-up on SD-WAN came through in 2017 and it is still continuing.

So this, for my predictions for 2018, it is only natural that I keep the earlier predictions that came true as a base and spring forward from there.

As SD-WAN solutions start to mature, more specialization and offerings around unique features will come to the surface. The specialization can happen both in terms of use-cases and applications, but also can happen in the vertical market targeting.

At Mushroom Networks, we had the opportunity to mature our technology over a decade, before SD-WAN had a name, and know first-hand the power of being able to deliver application centric and sometimes, industry centric solutions. A catch-all boiler-plate solution, usually sounds too good and is in most cases too good to be true. Soooo,

Look out of SD-WAN solutions that don't necessarily call themselves SD-WAN, yet completely are engineered with the intelligent management of multiple IP connections and operation of multiple units with ease, for very specific applications. Think in terms of live video, VOIP gateways, IoT gateways, mobile applications and so on.

There are also trends emerging where some vertical integrations of apps into the SD-WAN framework makes sense. However, I believe that those trends will be a few more years ago. Did someone say predictions for 2019?


About the Author

Dr. Cahit Jay Akin is the CEO and co-founder of Mushroom Networks (, a long-time supplier of SD-WAN infrastructure for enterprises and service providers. Prior to Mushroom Networks, Dr. Akin spent many years as a successful venture capitalist. Dr. Akin received his Ph.D. and M.S.E. degree in Electrical Engineering and M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Bilkent University, Turkey. Dr. Akin has worked on technical and research aspects of communications for over 15 years including authoring several patents and many publications. Dr. Akin was a nominee for the Most Admired CEO award by San Diego Business Journal.


Published Monday, October 02, 2017 7:32 AM by David Marshall
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