What is Software-Defined Access (SD-Access)?

Built on the principles of intent-based networking, SD-Access helps organizations enable policy-based automation from the edge to the cloud.

SD-Access gives network architects the tools to orchestrate key business functions like onboarding, secure segmentation, IoT integration, and guest access.

SD-Access automates user and device policy for any application across the wireless and wired network via a single network fabric.

And SD-Access is a transformational shift. It allows IT to set network access in minutes for any user, device, or application, without compromising on security.

What are the challenges of networks without SD-Access?

Today there are many challenges in managing the network, because of manual configuration and fragmented tool offerings. Manual operations are slow and error-prone. Issues are exacerbated because of a constantly changing environment. The growth of users and different devices types makes it more complex to configure and maintain a consistent user policy across the network.

Network deployment challenges

Setup or deployment of a single network switch can take several hours due to scheduling requirements and the need to work with different infrastructure groups. In some cases, deploying a batch of switches can take several weeks.

Network security challenges

Security is a critical component of managing modern networks. Organizations need to protect resources and make changes efficiently in response to real-time needs. In traditional networks, it can be challenging to track VLANs, access control lists (ACLs), and IP addresses to ensure optimal policy and security compliance.

Wireless and wired network challenges

Disparate networks are common in many organizations, because different systems are managed by different departments. Typically, the main IT network is operated separately from building management systems, security systems, and other production systems. This leads to duplication of network hardware procurement and inconsistency in management practices.

Network operations challenges

IT teams often contend with outdated change management tools, difficulty in maintaining productivity,and slow issue resolution.

How does SD-Access address these challenges?

By enabling policy-based automation from the edge to the cloud, SD-Access provides next-generation capabilities. These include:

  • Automated end-to-end services like segmentation, quality of service, and analytics
  • User and device policy for any application, automated across the wireless and wired network via a single network fabric
  • A transformational shift allowing IT to build and managing networks faster and more easily, with improved business efficiency

What are the benefits of SD-Access?

  • End-to-end segmentation. Help secure your organization and achieve regulatory compliance with end-to-end segmentation. Keep user, device, and application traffic separate without redesigning the network.
  • Improved workforce experience. Automate user access policy. Apply the right policies for users or devices to any application across the network.
  • Operational effectiveness. Facilitate a consistent user experience anywhere, without compromise, with a single network fabric.
  • Business insights. Bring outdoor, rugged, and industrial IoT endpoints into the IT fold. Expand your business beyond traditional networks.

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