Cisco Intelligent WAN

Success with Software-Defined WANs

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Success with Software-Defined WANs

Cisco Intelligent WAN (IWAN) delivers an uncompromised user experience over any connection. Now, you can ensure a high quality user experience at your branch offices, while gaining operational simplicity with lower costs.

As the volume of content and applications traveling across networks grows exponentially, organizations must optimize their WAN investments. Cisco Intelligent WAN (IWAN) helps you do just that.

Now, IT can use investments in Cisco ISR 4000 Series and ASR 1000 Series Routers with Application Experience (AX) to scale to the growing demands of branch-office users by providing an optimal experience over any connection at lower cost. And you can do this without compromising performance, reliability, or security.

IWAN allows you to

  • Augment your network with lower-cost connectivity options, like the Internet
  • Realize the cost benefits of provider flexibility and higher WAN utilization
  • Offload the corporate WAN with application optimization, intelligent caching, and highly secure direct Internet access.

With IWAN, you can quickly roll out bandwidth-intensive applications, such as video, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), and guest Wi-Fi services. And it doesn’t matter which transport model you prefer, whether Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), the Internet, cellular, or a hybrid WAN access model. The savings from IWAN often pay for the branch infrastructure investments, and may also free up resources for new, innovative business services.

The four components of Cisco Intelligent WAN are:


  • Provider flexibility; Scalable and modular design; Consistent operational model
  • Technology: DMVPN/IPsec overlay design

Intelligent Path Control

  • Application policy-based path selection based on delay, loss, jitter, and path preference; Load balancing for full utilization of all bandwidth; Improved network availability
  • Technology: Performance routing (PfR) overlay design

Application Optimization

Highly Secure Connectivity

Get more from your WAN investment with Cisco Intelligent WAN. Complete your IWAN solution with software capabilities available through Cisco ONE for WAN.

The Cisco Integrated Services Router with Application Experience (ISR-AX) provides a powerful branch services platform to meet the bandwidth demands of cloud, mobility, and video. The solution includes advanced routing, security, and application services that deliver an optimal user experience, regardless of where the application resides.

Users benefit from greater productivity, while the business simplifies operations and lower costs. Cisco ISR-AX is priced for wide-scale adoption, offered at 20 – 35 percent less than standalone WAN optimization appliances.

Cisco ISR-AX is available on Cisco 4000, 3900, 2900, and 1900 Series Integrated Services Routers and includes:

Cisco ASR1000-AX offers an application services platform optimized for highly secure WAN aggregation, the Internet edge, data center, and campus. The solution includes application visibility, control, optimization, and security features to help IT successfully deploy a high-quality application experience, anywhere, for greater productivity at a lowest cost.

The Cisco ASR1000-AX is available on the ASR 1000 Series and includes:

Cisco Intelligent WAN provides multiple deployment and management options for flexibility and agility.

Application Policy and Automation Management

Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller Enterprise Module (APIC EM) with IWAN provides:

  • Automated configuration of IWAN
  • Prescriptive WAN deployment
  • Templates for branch deployment, Dynamic Multipoint VPN (DMVPN), and intelligent path control (PfR)

On-Premise Management

Cisco Prime products provide:

  • Simplified deployment and configuration
  • Plug-and-play deployment automation
  • Improved application delivery
  • Regulatory requirements and best practices

Cloud-Based Management

Glue Networks provides:

  • Quick configuration updates and Cisco IOS upgrades
  • Compatibility with Cisco One Platform Kit (onePK) for application-aware WANs
  • Automated WAN orchestration
  • Centralized, hybrid WAN management

Specialized Management

LiveAction provides:

  • IWAN path control visualization and reporting (using PfR)
  • AVC visualization, reporting, and configuration
  • QoS monitoring and policy configuration, including AVC's application-aware QoS
  • Real-time network health and status

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