Cost-effective menu of link architectures provides secure, reliable connections for Cisco partners.

Article Summary:

Nearly 200 companies partner closely with Cisco. The Cisco IT Extranet team has developed a menu of standard methods to link partners to the Cisco global network, providing secure, reliable connections while keeping costs low.

This routing and switching case study describes how the Cisco IT Extranet team builds these partner links, including:

  • Providing a variety of support models
  • Providing multiple link architectures
  • Migrating leased-line connections to lower cost VPN connections
  • Securing the links and restricting access as needed