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Enterprise Grade SD-WAN At-a-Glance

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The promise of a multi-cloud world is great. But the rise of multi-cloud applications is a challenge with traditional wide area network (WAN) architectures, balancing the need to deliver good application experience, optimize cloud connectivity, and improve security posture. The disparate nature of WAN infrastructure also makes it hard to gain comprehensive visibility of applications and infrastructure, which hinders failure resolution and resource forecasting.

It’s not surprising that Gartner estimates that, “by 2020, more than 50 percent of WAN edge infrastructure refresh initiatives will be based on SD-WAN versus traditional routers.”1

Cisco delivers enterprise-grade Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) technology to address the challenges of modern applications both today and tomorrow. So you aren’t merely tapping into the cloud—you’re unleashing its full potential.

Cisco SD-WAN is a cloud-delivered overlay WAN architecture that enables digital and cloud transformation. It ensures predictable user experience for applications and provides a seamless multi-cloud architecture. It’s best-in-class security is integrated everywhere, rather than being an afterthought. All this, and it’s simple to operate. The accompanying Analytics capability delivers the visibility and insights necessary for you to isolate and resolve issues promptly and delivering intelligent data analysis for planning and what-if scenarios.

1 Forecast: SD-WAN and Its Impact on Traditional Router and MPLS Services Revenue, Worldwide; Joe Skorupa | Andrew Lerner | Christian Canales, November 7, 2016

Benefits achieved by using Cisco SD-WAN

80 percent reduction in cost/Mbps for a national insurance provider.

5-fold improvement in Office 365 performance for a healthcare company.

Public cloud migration completed in one week (estimated 12 months) for a large tech company.

100 percent application uptime during hurricane blackouts for a national food distributor.

4-fold improvement in application latency for a healthcare provider.

12-fold improvement in change control time for a 3000-site bank.

$20 million reduction in Operating Expenses (OpEx) over three years for a retailer.

M&A integration within 2 weeks for a Fortune 50 healthcare provider.

Guest wireless deployment at more than 1000 stores for a retailer.

Why Software-Defined WAN?

Application Experience

  Predictable SLA on all critical enterprise applications
  Application aware policies with real time enforcement around network problems
  Multiple hybrid active-active links for all scenarios

Best in class integrated security

  Zero-trust foundation with authentication and encryption
  Segmentation to isolate and protect critical assets with cloud, partner networks, guest wireless etc.
  Enterprise firewall, IPS, AMP, DNS-layer enforcement, URL filtering, A/V and SSL decryption proxy integrated into SD-WAN

Cloud Optimized

  Seamlessly extend the WAN to multiple public clouds
  Real-time optimized performance for Office365, Salesforce and other major SaaS applications
  Optimized workflows for AWS and Azure

Operational Simplification

  Single management dashboard for configuration and management of WAN, cloud and security
  Template-based, Zero touch provisioning for all locations
  Full automation with RESTful integration into existing tools

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

Cisco has one of the most widely deployed enterprise-grade SD-WAN solution

     Large deployments in retail, healthcare, financial services, energy and more widely deployed 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


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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