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Cisco SD-WAN At-a-Glance

Networking Solution At-a-Glance

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Updated:June 1, 2020

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A 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 must fortify the security of a highly distributed environment. The scattered nature of hybrid infrastructures extending from WAN to cloud makes it difficult to gain comprehensive visibility over 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 datacenter and multicloud environments through a single fabric. Cisco SD-WAN ensures predictable user experience for applications; optimized SaaS, IaaS and PaaS connections; and offers integrated security either on-premise or in the cloud. Analytics capabilities deliver the visibility and insights necessary for you 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 with Cisco SD-WAN

Customers deploying Cisco SD-WAN have:

      Reduced throughput costs by over 80%

      Improve Office 365 performance by 500%

      Completed public cloud migration in one week (estimated 12 months)

      100% application uptime during hurricane blackouts

      Reduced application latency by 400%

      Improved change control for 3,000 sites by 1,200%

      Reduced Operating Expenses (OpEx) by $20 million over three years

      Condensed M&A integration to 2 weeks

      Deployed guest wireless at more than 1000 retail stores

See more Cisco SD-WAN Benefits here

Why Software-Defined WAN?

Application Experience

  Predictable SLA for voice, cloud and other critical enterprise applications
  Application aware policies with real time enforcement around network problems
  Multiple hybrid active-active links for all scenarios

Full security for Internet and Cloud applications

  Complete integrated security stack - both on-premise or cloud-delivered
  Zero-trust foundation with authentication, encryption and segmentation
  Web security, Enterprise firewall, IPS, AMP NGAV, DNS-layer enforcement, URL filtering, and SSL decryption proxy

Multicloud Optimized

  Extend SD-WAN to major public cloud and colocation providers
  Real-time optimized performance for Office365, Salesforce and other major SaaS applications
  Workflow integration for AWS, Azure and Google cloud

Operational Simplification

  Full integration of Unified Communication, multicloud and Security into SD-WAN
  Single management dashboard for configuration and management of WAN, cloud and automated security
  Automation with Template-based, Zero touch provisioning and RESTful integration

Rich Analytics

  Granular Visibility of applications and infrastructure enables rapid failure correlation and mitigation
  Sophisticated forecasting and what-if analysis for effective resource planning
  Insightful recommendations for policy changes based on traffic patterns

The most widely deployed SD-WAN

      Cisco boasts large deployments in all major verticals like retail, healthcare, financial services, energy and is the most widely deployed SD-WAN across Fortune 2000 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 (Viptela) for advanced routing and flexible deployment scenarios: https://cisco.com/go/sdwan. Consider Cisco SD-WAN (Meraki) for all-in-one SD-WAN and security solution 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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