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Cisco SD-WAN At-a-Glance

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Updated:May 9, 2021

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A hybrid multicloud world is inevitable. The complex architectures behind our most important applications present sincere challenges to the IT teams responsible for Wide Area Network (WAN) management. IT must balance consistent application delivery, optimize and troubleshoot cloud connectivity, and fortify the security of a highly distributed environment. The scattered nature of hybrid infrastructures extending from WAN to cloud through different provider workflows makes it difficult to gain comprehensive visibility into applications and infrastructure, preventing failure resolution, risk management, and resource forecasting.

Cisco SD-WAN simplifies the transformation

Cisco® SD-WAN is a cloud-delivered overlay WAN architecture connecting branches to data centers and multicloud environments through a single fabric and single pane of glass. Cisco SD-WAN helps ensure a predictable user experience for applications optimized for SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS connections. Comprehensive on-premises and cloud-based security protect against cyberthreats while enabling IT teams to accelerate the transition to a secure access service edge (SASE) architecture where and when it is needed. Analytics capabilities deliver the visibility and insights necessary to isolate and resolve issues promptly and deliver intelligent data analysis for planning and what-if scenarios. Cisco SD-WAN provides all of this and is, above all, simple to operate.

Don’t struggle with your move to multicloud: Only Cisco delivers a secure, cloud-scale SD-WAN to make modern applications, migrations, and transformations simple.

Benefits of Cisco SD-WAN

Customers deploying Cisco SD-WAN have:

      65% lower cost of connectivity

      38% lower five-year cost of operations per 100 users

      33% more efficient WAN management

      59% faster onboarding of new services

      58% faster implementation of policy and configuration changes

      94% reduction in unplanned downtime

      40% improvement in Microsoft 365 performance

      48% reduction in application latency

See more Cisco SD-WAN benefits here.

Why software-defined WAN?

Enhanced application experience

  Predictable SLA for voice, cloud, and other critical enterprise applications
  Dynamic path selection that automatically steers critical applications around network problems
  Multiple hybrid active-active links for all scenarios
  Micro-segmentation and identity-based policy management drive consistent multidomain policy enforcement for an uniform user experience

Pervasive security

  Complete integrated security with cloud-delivered SASE or on-premises model, depending on the business requirements and compliance needs of your organization
  Fully integrated with cloud-delivered Cisco Umbrella ®, offering protection against security blind spots and cyberthreats
  Zero-trust foundation with authentication, encryption, and segmentation
  Web security, enterprise firewall, IPS, AMP next-generation antivirus, DNS layer enforcement, URL filtering, and SSL decryption proxy

Optimized for multicloud

  Enables SD-WAN to extend to major public cloud, cloud interconnect, and colocation providers with Cloud OnRamp
  Automatically selects the fastest, most reliable path for real-time optimized performance with Microsoft 365, Salesforce, and other major SaaS applications
  Automated workflow integration for AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud
  Regionalized internet access using colocation facilities to quickly spin up new services and provide consistent policy for employees, partners, and guests across the WAN

Operational simplicity

  Full integration of unified communications, multicloud, and security into SD-WAN
  End-to-end visibility, segmentation policy management, and security enforcement across the network with a single dashboard
  Automation with template-based zero-touch provisioning and RESTful integration

Visibility and actionable insight

  Granular visibility into applications and infrastructure, enabling rapid failure correlation and mitigation
  Sophisticated forecasting and what-if analysis for effective resource planning
  Insightful policy recommendations and root cause analysis based on traffic patterns

The most widely deployed SD-WAN

      Cisco boasts large deployments in all major sectors, such as retail, healthcare, financial services, and energy, and is the most widely deployed SD-WAN across the Fortune 2000, with deployments in 70% of Fortune 100 enterprises

      Thousands of production sites in every major industry

      Rich analytics with benchmarking data across the industry

      Deployed in PCI- and HIPAA-compliant industry sectors

The most widely deployed SD-WAN

How do you deploy Cisco SD-WAN?

      Deployed in virtual, cloud, or physical form factors with full cloud management

      In-house IT or managed service

      Pricing is based on hardware and annual subscription licenses

Consider Cisco SD-WAN (formerly Viptela) for advanced routing and flexible deployment scenarios: https://cisco.com/go/sdwan. Learn more about SD-WAN security: https://cisco.com/go/sdwansecurity. Consider Cisco SD-WAN (Meraki®) for lean IT environments: https://meraki.cisco.com/sd-wan. Cisco’s SD-WAN Advise and Implement Service will accelerate your deployment success.




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