Design Zone for Branch WAN

Emerging WAN Architecture

Building Your Next-Generation WAN

Read about the NGWAN and how it can benefit your organization.

Building Your Next-Generation WAN

The Next-Generation WAN (NGWAN) for enterprises is an end-to-end routing architecture developed for large enterprise and public sector routed WAN deployments.

NGWAN provides several benefits, including increased scalability, improved security, and a seamless network to provide the best Borderless Network experience to end users.

The NGWAN modular and scalable design consists of multiple network modules:

  • Regional WAN
  • Metro
  • WAN Core
  • Enterprise Edge

The NGWAN can provide your organization with a foundation to deliver key Cisco Borderless Network Services. Some of these include video and Medianet, Application Visibility and Control, TrustSec, and Cloud Connectors, combined with end-to-end management using Cisco Prime Management Suites.

Launch the Architecture Overview

Regional WAN (RWAN) Resources

RWAN Overview and Deployment

  • Branch Office in a Box (PDF - 3.76 MB KB)

    Branch Office in a Box Using VM Ware

  • RWAN At-A-Glance (PDF - 170 KB)

    (June 2013) - Provides an overview of the RWAN architecture and branch types

  • RWAN Deployment Guide (PDF - 1.51 MB)

    (Oct 2011) - A guide for RWAN deployment within the NGWAN architecture

  • Best Practice Guide (PDF - 355 KB)

    (July 2012) - Builds upon the RWAN Deployment Guide and offers best practice guidelines for configuring some of the features used in NGWAN, including combinations of Performance Routing (PfR) Target Discovery, Application Visibility and Control (AVC), and Wide Area Application Services (WAAS)

  • IPv6 Migration Deployment Guide (PDF - 355 KB)

    (Sept 2011) - Guidance for the transition to IPv6 in order to establish an Internet presence in IPv6

  • Application Visibility: BYOD at the Branch Using the Cisco Application Experience (Cisco ISR-AX) (PDF - 819 KB)

    (June 2013) - The Cisco® Integrated Services Router Application Experience (ISR-AX) portfolio delivers application services including WAAS and AVC. These services provide the following benefits: enhanced end-user productivity, lower WAN bandwidth costs, and simplified IT. These benefits lower the barriers for deploying and consuming applications across cloud and BYOD environments.

Network Operations and Management


Rich Media Services

  • Video Deployment Guide (PDF - 1.65 MB)

    (Oct 2011) - Video support is implemented in the standard and high-end branches

Infrastructure Virtualization Using MPLS

  • Enterprise Layer 2 Virtualization ASR 9000 Design and Implementation Guide

    With the emergence of converged IP Services, businesses are demanding greater performance from their enterprise networks as never before. The Enterprise Layer 2 Virtual Private Network (L2VPN) architecture enables a single, physical network to support multiple, virtual L2 networks. This design guide provides best practice recommendations for deploying Layer 2 MPLS VPNS based around the ASR 9000 router to implement network infrastructures that connect virtual networks among Data Centers, branch offices, and campuses through a variety of WAN connectivity providing massively scalable networks with very high bandwidth utilization.

  • Enterprise Layer 3 Virtualization ASR 9000 Design and Implementation Guide

    Large enterprise networks are implementing many features, services, and products formerly seen only in service provider networks, such as the deployment of large scale virtualization of the transport infrastructure using MPLS Layer 3 VPNs. This design guide provides best practice recommendations for deploying Layer 3 MPLS VPNS based around the ASR 9000 router to deliver massively scalable solutions for large scale deployment in the enterprise.

NGWAN and RWAN Deployment at the Enterprise Edge