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Cisco SD-WAN

Connect any user to any application with integrated capabilities for multicloud, security, unified communications, and application optimization—all on a SASE-enabled architecture.

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Cisco SD-WAN named a Leader

See why Cisco SD-WAN has been placed in the Leaders quadrant in the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure.

Features and benefits

Predictable application experience

Increase user productivity by optimizing cloud and on-premises application performance with real-time analytics, visibility, and control.

Right security, right place

Protect users, devices, and applications with embedded or cloud security and lays the foundation for secure access service edge (SASE).

Simplicity at enterprise scale

Centralize cloud management to make it easy to deploy SD-WAN and security while maintaining policy across thousands of sites.

Optimized choice and control

With a cloud-first architecture, maintain flexibility to connect any user to any application, across any cloud.

How the Cisco SD-WAN architecture works

Cisco SD-WAN is a secure, cloud-scale architecture that is open, programmable, and scalable. Through the Cisco vManage console, you can quickly establish an SD-WAN overlay fabric to connect data centers, branches, campuses, and colocation facilities to improve network speed, security, and efficiency.

vManage Desktop

Cisco vManage

Automation. Network insights. Analytics.

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Any deployment

Flexible WAN management

  • On-premises On-premises
  • Cloud Cloud
  • Multitenant Multitenant

Any service

Choose from a full suite of services.

  • Branch Security Branch Security
  • Cloud Security Cloud Security
  • Application quality of experience Application quality of experience
  • Voice and Collaboration Voice and
  • Cloud OnRamp Cloud

Any transport

Deploy your WAN over any type
of connection.

  • Satellite Satellite
  • Internet Internet
  • 5G/LTE 5G/LTE

Any location

Physical or virtual platforms for:

  • Branch Branch
  • Colocation Colocation
  • Cloud Cloud

Deploy SD-WAN on your platform of choice

View all Cisco routers, or compare SD-WAN platforms using the Cisco Router Selector.


Deploy high-performance branch and campus routers with integrated network services.


Launch virtualized network services on platforms designed for virtualization.


Connect to any cloud and optimize SaaS applications.


Protect your WAN with flexible security. 

Deploy SD-WAN your way with Cisco DNA software

Simple, flexible software subscription suites give you access the latest software-defined WAN innovations and provide centralized management with security, application-aware policies, segmentation, and optimization for cloud connectivity.

Cisco SD-WAN use cases

See how SD-WAN delivers applications to users and devices across any cloud, without reducing visibility, security, or performance.

Secure automated WAN

Leave traditional, complex WANs behind. Move to agile, controller-based WANs with integrated UC and security.

Application-performance optimization

Meet service-level agreements (SLAs) and maintain strong performance, even if network problems occur.

Secure direct Internet access (DIA)

Connect branches with direct access to the Internet and the cloud, using leading threat protection, on a SASE-enabled architecture.

Branch multicloud access

Achieve your move to the cloud with Cloud OnRamp for SaaS, which is integrated into Cisco SD-WAN.

Regional-hub multicloud access

Tie together regional sites with multicloud applications, using Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) that can be rapidly provisioned on colocation platforms.

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