The WAN Automation Engine is a powerful, flexible software-defined networking (SDN) platform. It abstracts and simplifies your WAN environment while making it fully open and programmable. You can deploy innovative services such as Coordinated Maintenance, bandwidth calendaring, and premium network-routing solutions.
Discover Cisco WAE design capabilities, segment routing, and carrier-class. (2:02 min)
Use the Cisco WAN Automation Engine for bandwidth scheduling, enhanced visibility, and much more. (4:09 min)
Customers can incrementally invest in the solution's capabilities.
The foundation software is Cisco WAE Planning, which provides a cross-sectional view of traffic, topology, and equipment state. It takes advantage of a predictive model that performs "what if" analyses of failure impacts. WAE Planning evolved from the Cisco MATE software suite, which has been used in service provider networks for more than 10 years.
Cisco WAE Automation builds on top of WAE Planning. It combines smart data collection, modeling, and predictive analytics into an extensible API-based configuration platform.
You can now automate time-intensive manual operations in service provider networks with the WAN Automation Engine. Tasks that can be automated include managing, controlling, analyzing, and improving network performance and capacity planning. Here are some potential use cases.
Service providers can intelligently consider content location as well as network impact using the WAN Automation Engine when placing the demand. At the same time, you can help ensure that the network stays healthy.
Coordinated Maintenance is a WAN Automation Engine application. It aims to simplify, automate, and ultimately improve the way customers approach change management in the WAN. The application:
It's important for service providers to efficiently use expensive resources, such as high-cost or transoceanic links. The WAN Automation Engine helps ensure that the most expensive network resources are fully optimized, assigning best load-share metrics using the Path Computation Element Communication Protocol (PCEP).
The Application Engineered Routing solution provides end-to-end control over how the network infrastructure transports applications. Combining segment routing with the WAN Automation Engine provides the necessary intelligence to optimize network resources and make informed decisions dynamically. This intelligence helps you deliver a consistent, high-quality customer experience.
John Lehane presents the benefits of visibility, control, traffic management, and SDN. (2:44 min)
Bring SDN-based advances to your WAN.