Cisco SD-WAN Cloud Interconnect with Equinix At-a-Glance

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Adopting a hybrid-multicloud strategy

More and more enterprises are realizing the benefit of moving applications to the cloud. Most have already adopted a multicloud or hybrid cloud strategy. However, these enterprises face challenges when securely connecting to their cloud deployments. The internet offers only best-effort connectivity with inconsistent network quality, which can significantly impact application performance. Another option, direct cloud interconnects, requires customers to plan for capacity and global reach upfront, which can lead to underutilization and increased cost. What if enterprises could have seamless, automated connectivity to multiple Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) environments, without all the complexity?

Cisco SD-WAN Cloud OnRamp: Intent-based networking for multicloud

To keep up with the increased demands on the WAN, enterprises are learning to broker, connect, build, and govern their networks, not only for branch locations and data centers, but for a vast multicloud landscape. Cisco® SD-WAN delivers cloud networking as part of our intent-based networking framework to enable agility for enterprises’ WAN connectivity. Cisco SD-WAN Cloud OnRamp optimizes and dynamically provisions network, security, and services.

Cisco SD-WAN Cloud Interconnect with Equinix: Automated hybrid-multicloud networking

Cisco Catalyst SD-WAN’s integration with Equinix allows you to provision on-demand branch connectivity to multiple sites and to the world's leading cloud provider networks like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure, directly from your SD-WAN controller. Part of Cisco SD-WAN Cloud OnRamp, Cisco SD-WAN Cloud Interconnect is integrated with Equinix Network Edge, a network service that deploys network devices virtually at Equinix Data Centers and interconnects to the cloud in minutes using Equinix Fabric. The joint solution simplifies provisioning, delivers reliable network performance, and decreases the costs and complexity of operating your network connectivity to cloud service providers.

Through the automation capabilities of the Cisco Catalyst SD-WAN controller, Cisco Catalyst SD-WAN Manager, you can deploy your Cisco Catalyst SD-WAN overlay while integrating the dynamic and highly reliable underlay of the Equinix network, so that you can take advantage of the cloud consumption model for dynamic provisioning of your WAN connectivity. Catalyst SD-WAN Manager provides a single, easy-to-use console to automate deployment of connections between sites and from site to cloud, reducing provisioning from weeks to minutes. Equinix Network Edge provides secure, reliable connectivity to Equinix’s global ecosystem via 240+ colocation data centers in 70 markets across 31 countries and 6 continents.

Cisco also ensures that traffic traversing the private backbone of Equinix is encrypted end-to-end. Cisco extends the SD-WAN fabric over the private underlay all the way into the cloud service provider by hosting virtual SD-WAN routers (Cisco Catalyst 8000V Edge Software) in transit VPCs/VNETs. This not only allows for end-to-end encryption for branch to cloud traffic, but also overcomes any failures of the underlay by automatically steering traffic from the branch to cloud over the internet.

Cisco SD-WAN Cloud Interconnect with Equinix

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Cisco SD-WAN Cloud Interconnect with Equinix

Benefits of Cisco SD-WAN Cloud Interconnect with Equinix

Full stack automation: Orchestrate both Cisco Catalyst SD-WAN overlay and Equinix underlay with Cisco SD-WAN Cloud Interconnect via Catalyst SD-WAN Manager.

Normalized experience: Bring any cloud with any carrier. No domain expertise is needed.

Multipath optimization: Implement policy to segment and select any path through any carrier.

Centralized visibility: Enable Cisco Catalyst SD-WAN multicloud monitoring for end-to-end visibility.

Single vendor experience: Receive onboarding, provisioning, and support from Cisco.

Cloudlike consumption: Benefit from significant cost savings over traditional routes and pay only for what you need.

Optimized performance: Minimize latency and network hops with secure, direct interconnections to leading cloud and SaaS providers.

Encrypted Multicloud Interconnects: SD-WAN tunnels created between interconnect gateway (Equinix Network Edge) and the cloud service provider allow for branch to cloud traffic to be completely encrypted through the Equinix Fabric.

How do you deploy Cisco SD-WAN Cloud Interconnect?

Users have the convenience of managing their SD-WAN fabric and connectivity to clouds and branches through Cisco Catalyst SD-WAN. All policy administration and deployment of virtual routers, like the Catalyst 8000V, is API driven and transparent to the user. Users’ Equinix accounts are onboarded directly on Cisco Catalyst SD-WAN Manager allowing them to use the Catalyst SD-WAN Manager to provision all Equinix components on a single dashboard. Users select the connection bandwidth and locations where they want to deploy Equinix Network Edge and to establish connectivity to various cloud destinations.

How do you order Cisco SD-WAN Cloud Interconnect?

Customers may order the Cisco components of the solution (Catalyst 8000V Edge Software) license through Cisco and be billed for Equinix components (Equinix network Edge, Equinix Fabric, and Equinix Device Link) directly by Equinix.

Additional resources

Cisco SD-WAN Cloud Interconnect with Equinix FAQ.

Cisco Catalyst SD-WAN and Equinix White Paper.

Cisco SD-WAN Cloud OnRamp.

Equinix Network Edge.

What is SDCI? webpage.

Cisco and Equinix partnership page.




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