Recurring WAN service costs represent 21% to 25% of the cost to support a typical end-user environment.*

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Step 1: Move to hybrid WAN

Ask yourself

Are increasing WAN bandwidth costs eating into your IT budget and delaying other critical initiatives?

Something to consider

By complementing or replacing costly MPLS connections with Internet or LTE/3G/4G links, you can increase available bandwidth while reducing costs.

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Benefits: Save up to 40% on WAN OpEx costs by reducing WAN service charges and greatly simplifying management.

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Enterprises expect 20% cost savings from hybrid WAN and SD-WAN.

Source: IDC Worldwide SD-WAN Survey Special Report, May 2016.

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Step 2: Deploy SD-WAN

Ask yourself

How do you simplify management and reduce the OpEx of managing the WAN and distributed branches?

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By centralizing policy-based management of all branches from the cloud, you simplify and automate management tasks.

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Benefits: Provision, monitor, and configure all branches from a central management console. Our Services experts can help you successfully create a detailed design and implement your SD-WAN solution.

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Organizations spend three times more on network operations than on the network.

Source: Study of network operations for Cisco, McKinsey, 2016.

Step 3: Secure branch connectivity

Ask yourself

Are you being slowed down by the security concerns of using Internet broadband for branch connectivity?

Something to consider

To adequately protect your branches and data, you need a complete branch security solution, including VPNs, segmentation, secure direct Internet access, and next-generation firewalls at each branch.

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Benefits: Securely connect your users to applications, and protect your data from the WAN edge to the cloud.

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Of security professionals, 59% say that cloud infrastructure and mobile devices are among the most challenging to defend against attacks.

Source: Cisco 2017 Midyear Cybersecurity Report.

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Step 4: Improve the user experience

Ask yourself

Are you concerned about the performance and user experience of using Internet broadband for your branch connectivity?

Something to consider

By using WAN analytics, application-aware path optimization, prioritization, and virtualized cloud routers, you can deliver on-premises and cloud-application performance that meets SLAs and user expectations.

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Benefits: The Cisco SD-WAN solution uses analytics and learns through network, application, and device data to optimize the application and SaaS experience.

Did you know?

By 2020, more than 50% of WAN edge infrastructure refresh initiatives will be based on SD-WAN.

Source: Gartner, Technology Insight for Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN), Andrew Lerner, Neil Rickard, Ted Corbett, 2017.