Are WAN Managers Adopting NaaS?

Are WAN Managers Adopting NaaS?

As cloud adoption turns into more and more vital for multinational enterprises, backend networks have gotten extra advanced.

The introduction of X-as-a-Service merchandise and the necessity for multi-cloud environments has pushed WAN managers to make modifications to their present ecosystems and undertake new applied sciences.

Let’s take a look at how community professionals are integrating the cloud and Networking-as-a-Service (NaaS) into their enterprise networks.

We’ll analyze survey outcomes on Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) adoption, IaaS companion decisions, knowledge heart landscapes, the place corporations are connecting to their cloud service suppliers (CSPs), and NaaS adoption.


This 12 months, after we requested about IaaS suppliers, all survey individuals responded that they used at the least one IaaS supplier.

WAN managers have a plethora of IaaS suppliers to select from, together with Amazon Internet Companies, Azure, Google, and others. AWS had the first-to-market benefit in IaaS companies. This 12 months, nevertheless, we discovered that WAN managers most continuously selected Microsoft Azure as an IaaS supplier (97%).

IaaS Suppliers used with Enterprise WANs (2022)



Notes: Every bar represents the proportion of all respondents in 2022 that indicated they’re utilizing the listed IaaS companions. Supply: © 2023 TeleGeography



IaaS Connection Strategies

Whereas the general public web is usually thought-about the default methodology for reaching the cloud, corporations have many choices relying on their capability, efficiency, or safety necessities.

We requested WAN managers to pick out all of the ways in which they linked to cloud service suppliers. We took our definitions for numerous cloud connectivity companies from TeleGeography’s Cloud and WAN Infrastructure report.

The place are your knowledge facilities positioned? (2022)


Notes: Every bar represents the typical proportion throughout all respondents in 2022 utilizing the listed combine of information heart places. Supply: © 2023 TeleGeography



  • Virtually half of our respondents stated their knowledge facilities have been positioned at a mixture of on-premises, impartial amenities, and personal or digital personal cloud environments.

  • Respondents who reported utilizing all on-premise knowledge facilities jumped from 11% in 2019 to 18% in 2022. 

  • Almost a 3rd of respondents have been utilizing both personal or off-premise cloud servers with some mixture of on-premise servers. 


That is the primary 12 months we requested about enterprises’ familiarity and method to NaaS. NaaS permits enterprises to eat community infrastructure by way of a subscription mannequin like cloud companies to satisfy enterprise wants and optimize community efficiency on an on-demand foundation.

The central thought of NaaS is that enterprises can eat community companies as wanted relatively than by way of a long-term contractual settlement. Key to this are portals the place enterprises can go browsing and allocate community connections right down to even an hourly foundation in some instances. Fairly than weeks or months to spin up this service, it’s usually accessible instantly upon ordering.

That is inherently restricted to the core community and knowledge heart visitors, as bandwidth-on-demand would not often be accessible right down to a neighborhood company web site. Spine networks are over-provisioned sufficiently to accommodate just-in-time networks, however that is very not often going to be the case for final mile connections.

So NaaS is generally a service to attach issues like knowledge facilities, massive name facilities, catastrophe restoration websites, and different sources positioned the place fiber belongings are extensively accessible–to not spin up service to everlasting department places of work or native company websites.

Nevertheless, as final mile options like FTTx and 5G service change into extra accessible, there are potential use instances for NaaS at places similar to pop-up occasions and even short-term websites.

This 12 months, we discovered that whereas NaaS merchandise can be found available on the market, few enterprises have bought them.

This 12 months, we discovered that whereas NaaS merchandise can be found available on the market, few enterprises have bought them. Whereas some are within the analysis section, most are nonetheless in the end unfamiliar with these merchandise.

NaaS Stage of Adoption (2022)


Notes: Every bar demonstrates the proportion of all legitimate respondents in 2022 who’re in every stage NaaS/center mile options adoption. Supply: © 2023 TeleGeography



  • A minority of respondents–solely 5%–have bought and are actively utilizing NaaS options. 

  • Three in ten respondents have heard of NaaS/center mile however have but to analysis them, whereas nearly 40% of respondents weren’t acquainted with these options in any respect.

  • One in ten respondents has researched NaaS/center mile and determined to not use them.

Within the coming years, we anticipate to see an uptick within the adoption of NaaS as the subsequent main improvement within the WAN market. That is very true as enterprises proceed to maneuver away from on-prem knowledge facilities and put extra enterprise and workloads within the cloud.

Having the ability to shift round sources on an as-needed foundation—relatively than vastly over-provisioning for uneven workloads—is vital to digital transformation. 

This evaluation was pulled from our newest WAN Supervisor Survey—which now consists of knowledge collected all through 2022.

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