Cisco SD-WAN At-a-Glance

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A multicloud world is inevitable. The complex architectures behind our most important applications present sincere challenges to the IT teams responsible for Wide Area Network (WAN) management. IT must balance consistent application delivery, optimize and troubleshoot cloud connectivity, and fortify the security of a highly distributed environment. The scattered nature of multiple infrastructures extending from WAN to cloud through different provider workflows makes it difficult to gain comprehensive visibility into applications and infrastructure, preventing failure resolution, risk management, and resource forecasting.

Cisco SD-WAN simplifies the transformation

Cisco SD-WAN is a cloud-delivered overlay WAN architecture connecting branches to data centers and multicloud environments through a single fabric and single pane of glass. Cisco SD-WAN helps ensure a predictable user experience for applications optimized for SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS connections. Comprehensive on-premises and cloud-based security protect against cyberthreats while enabling IT teams to accelerate the transition to a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) architecture where and when it is needed. Analytics capabilities deliver the visibility and granular insights necessary to isolate fault domains and resolve issues promptly and deliver intelligent data analysis for planning and what-if scenarios. Cisco SD-WAN provides all of this and is, above all, simple to operate.

Don’t struggle with your move to multicloud: Only Cisco delivers a flexible and secure SD-WAN to make modern applications, migrations, and transformations simple.

Benefits of Cisco SD-WAN

Customers deploying Cisco SD-WAN have:

      402% 5-year ROI

      15.6 months to payback

      39% lower total cost of operations

      38% more efficient network management

      167% more available bandwidth

      71% more efficient help desk operations

      38% savings in network infrastructure

      94% reduction in unplanned downtime

      77% reduction in network degradation

      $1.5 million additional revenue gained or protected

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Why Software-Defined WAN?

Enhanced application experience

  Dynamic path selection that automatically steers critical applications around network problems
  Multiple hybrid active-active links for all scenarios
  Micro-segmentation and identity-based policy management drive consistent multidomain policy enforcement for a uniform user experience
  Monitor and validate the usability and performance of web applications, including SaaS and internally hosted apps, to optimize digital experiences for employees and internal systems
  Path analytics for Microsoft 365 to deliver greater visibility and a better user experience for Microsoft 365 applications.

Pervasive security

  Complete integrated security with cloud-delivered SASE or on-premises model, depending on the business requirements compliance needs of your organization
  Fully integrated with cloud-delivered Cisco Umbrella, offering protection against security blind spots and cyberthreats
  Supports 3 rd party integration with widely popular cloud security providers such as Zscaler, Netskope and Cloudflare and security information and event management provider Splunk.
  Zero-trust foundation with authentication, encryption, and segmentation
  Web security, enterprise firewall, IPS, AMP next-generation antivirus, DNS layer enforcement, URL filtering, security policies based on username and usergroup identity, and SSL decryption proxy

Optimized for multicloud

  Enables SD-WAN to extend to major public cloud, cloud interconnect, and colocation providers with Cloud OnRamp
  Automatically selects the fastest, most reliable path for real-time optimized performance with Cisco Webex, Microsoft 365, Salesforce, other major SaaS applications, and custom applications
  Automated workflow integration for AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud
  Regionalized internet access using colocation facilities to quickly spin up new services and provide consistent policy for employees, partners, and guests across the WAN
  End-to-end encryption of traffic from branch to cloud through the Software-Defined Cloud Interconnect (SDCI) backbone of Megaport or Equinix

Visibility with proactive insight

  Extend visibility with the underlying SD-WAN fabric and into the cloud
  Correlate telemetry, establish benchmarks, and provide insights, transforming network operations to a highly proactive model
  Lower the Mean Time to Identification (MTTI) of issues with fast root cause isolation
  Provide hop-by-hop analytics to quickly troubleshoot issues and decrease overall Mean Time to Repair (MTTR)
  Native integration with Cisco vAnalytics and Cisco ThousandEyes

Operational simplicity

  Highly visualized interface and intuitive user experience for simplified configuration, management, operation, and monitoring across SD-WAN fabric
  Pre-configured templates automate and expedite the deployment of most common use cases
  Guided step-by-step configuration designed to intelligently expedite onboarding of new devices
  Full integration of unified communications, multicloud, and security into SD-WAN
  Scalable and simplified SD-WAN deployment across regions with Cisco SD-WAN Multi-Region Fabric

The most widely deployed SD-WAN

      Cisco boasts large deployments in all major sectors, such as retail, healthcare, financial services, and energy, and is the most widely deployed SD-WAN across the Fortune 2000, with deployments in 70% of Fortune 100 enterprises

      Thousands of production sites in every major industry

      Rich analytics with benchmarking data across the industry

      Deployed in PCI- and HIPAA-compliant industry sectors

Flexible and scalable SD-WAN architecture for Intent-based Networking

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Flexible and scalable SD-WAN architecture for Intent-based Networking

How do you deploy Cisco SD-WAN?

      Deployed in virtual, cloud, or physical form factors with full cloud management

      In-house IT or managed service

      Pricing is based on hardware and annual subscription licenses

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