Until 2008, Cisco's WAN in the Middle East had just a fraction of the bandwidth available in other regions. Cisco IT began defining the strategy for its Middle East WAN rearchitecture in June 2006. The first circuit orders were placed in November 2007, and the network went into production just eight months later.
This case study describes why and how Cisco® IT rearchitected its Middle East WAN. Cisco IT used its global WAN standards while addressing technical and business issues that are unique to each country in the region.
Now Cisco employees in the Middle East enjoy more bandwidth, enabling them to work as productively as their counterparts in other regions. Offices in countries that allow voice over IP (VoIP) have significantly reduced phone bills. The WAN provides the bandwidth and low latency to support Cisco TelePresence™. And the Cisco global WAN backbone has become more resilient because the Middle East WAN provides an alternate route between India and Europe.
Enterprises can draw on Cisco IT's real-world experience in this area to plan their own WAN in the Middle East.