Design Zone for Branch/WAN

Branch Office Design

Overall Branch Design

Learn how to deploy branch-office services using a single device. (3:05 min)

Overall Branch Design

Overall Branch Design

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Cisco Connected Branch-Office-in-a-Box is a unified routing, switching, and server solution for the lean branch office that combines a multiservice WAN access router, a Gigabit and Fast Ethernet LAN switch, and an x86 blade server in a single Cisco Integrated Services Routers Generation 2 (ISR G2) router.

A lean branch office is an architectural design option in which most business applications are delivered over the WAN and only the essential minimum infrastructure remains locally. The Cisco Connected Branch-Office-in-a-Box is an ideal solution for providing access to the WAN and the Internet, enabling LAN connectivity between local devices, and hosting the following types of infrastructure services and applications at the lean branch office:

  • Core Windows services: Microsoft Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), Windows File and Print Services, Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Server, and Domain Name System (DNS) Server
  • Mission-critical business applications: Point-of-sale (POS) systems, bank teller in-office control points (IOCP), electronic-medical-record (EMR) systems, and inventory management systems
  • Client management services: Configuration and operations management, monitoring services, update and patching services, backup and recovery services, and terminal server gateways