Cisco SD-Branch Solution Components
The various components of Cisco SD-branch solution are:
Cisco 5000 Enterprise Network Compute System - The Cisco 5000 Enterprise Network Compute System (ENCS) is a line of compute appliances designed for the Cisco SD-Branch and Enterprise Network Functions Virtualization (ENFV) solution. The 5000 ENCS is a hybrid platform that combines the best attributes of a traditional router and a traditional server and offers the same functionality with a smaller infrastructure footprint. Offered with the Cisco Integrated Services Virtual Router (ISRv) and NFV Infrastructure Software (NFVIS) as the hosting layer, the platform offers a complete solution for a simplified deployment.
NFVIS 4.2.1, Cisco vManage 20.3.1 and later releases on ENCS 5400 devices are supported on Cisco SD-Branch solution.
Cisco Catalyst 8200 Series Edge Universal CPE - The Cisco Catalyst 8200 Edge uCPE is the next generation of Cisco Enterprise Network Compute System 5100 Series that combines routing, switching and application hosting into a compact one rack unit device for the small and Medium Virtualized Branch. These platforms are designed to allow customers to run virtualized network functions and other applications as virtual machines on the same hardware platform powered by Cisco NFVIS hypervisor software.
NFVIS 4.4.1, Cisco vManage 20.4.1 and later releases on Catalyst 8200-UCPE Edge Series devices are supported on Cisco SD-Branch solution.
Cisco Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure Software - The Cisco Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure Software (NFVIS) software is used as the base virtualization infrastructure software running on the x86 compute platform. The Cisco NFVIS software provides VM lifecycle management, VM service chaining, VM image management, platform management, PNP for bootstrapping a device, AAA features, syslog, and SNMP server. The NFVIS software provides programmable REST and netconf APIs for all the mentioned functionalities.
Virtual Network Functions - The Cisco SD-branch solution supports both Cisco-developed and third-party Virtual Network Functions (VNFs). The following table includes the validated VNFs and their versions:
Cisco Virtual Network Functions (VNFs)
Third Party Virtual Network Functions (VNFs)
Orchestration through Cisco SD-WAN Manager - The Cisco SD-WAN Manager is used for orchestrating the Cisco SD-branch solution. Cisco SD-WAN Manager and Cisco SD-WAN Validator version 20.1.1 or later are supported on Cisco SD-branch solution. The orchestrator provides the following functionalities:
Cisco SD-WAN Validator—The Cisco SD-WAN Validator provides Cisco SD-WAN Manager information to the network elements that may be running behind Network Address Translation (NAT). It performs initial authentication and authorizes the network elements to provide the Session Traversal Utilities for NAT (STUN) server functionality.
Cisco SD-WAN Manager—Cisco SD-WAN Manager is an SDN controller that provides centralized configuration management, monitoring, and troubleshooting of the SD-branch solution.