September 18, 2018 by Siobhan Climer
Cisco’s acquisition of Viptela in 2017 made waves; not only because Cisco already had two SD-WAN technology acquisitions under its belt, but because it gave Cisco yet another edge in the SD-WAN market. Viptela, along with Cisco’s other SD-WAN technologies, provides extended offerings for midmarket and enterprise customers expanding into global communications.
Cisco’s David Goeckeler, executive VP and general manager of networking and security said the following in an interview with Network World in June 2018.
“The branch is a very complicated part of the network when you think about it because when you think about a global business where you’ve got all the different types of interconnect you have around the world and you’re trying to manage all that. That part of the network is going to a software-defined WAN, and it’s an area we’ve been investing in heavily.”
Cisco DNA Center And SD-WAN
The plan, of course, is to deeply integrate the Viptela technology into Cisco’s Digital Network Architecture (DNA) Center, an open intent-based networking platform that increases connectivity. Once integrated, clients can deploy Cisco SD-WAN in practically one step.
A recent IDG study found that 30% of organizations consider network outages to be a leading WAN concern, citing lack of visibility and analytics for network management. As such, Cisco released SD-WAN vAnalytics, which is a cloud-based SaaS application. It gathers intelligence and metrics, enabling customers better visibility and management of their network infrastructure.
Cisco is now partway through its phased integration of Viptela and other SD-WAN technologies to create an end-to-end SD-WAN solution with the Cisco DNA Center.
- Phase 1: Cisco will continue to support and invest in the Viptela SD-WAN solution, including the Viptela vEdge routers.
- Phase 2: Viptela features will be incorporated into existing Cisco enterprise routing platforms.
- Phase 3: Viptela’s cloud management platform will be integrated with Cisco DNA Center.
How To Deploy Cisco SD-WAN Technology
To deploy Cisco SD-WAN technology, the first step is to create a roadmap for network optimization. Include business goals and a phased-process that accounts for each step of the implementation.
The next step is to implement the roadmap. That sounds simple, but validating and testing takes time, though it will reduce downtime by 75% – well worth the effort. Mindsight’s Solution Architects can help you build and test the solution before investing in the technology, providing you support and guidance throughout the process, and assurance the solution will provide the desired results.
Let your network administrator and IT team focus on strategy, while a solutions’ team works to deploy Cisco SD-WAN and DNA Center technologies. Extending your team and resources benefits your organization, enabling you to scale, identify, and respond to change as it arises.
Deploy Cisco SD-WAN And Begin Maximizing Your Network
4x improved application experience.
40% WAN opex savings.
3.24 hours until threat detection.
Deploy Cisco SD-WAN and see the results right away. SD-WAN is no longer a distant piece of emerging technology for the network; it’s the future of network infrastructure. Finding a strategic way forward for your network is key, and Mindsight – a Cisco Gold Partner – can help.
To find out more about how you can deploy Cisco SD-WAN for your organization, contact us today. In the meantime, find out about how our team can support you in the development of a network optimization roadmap. Our expertise is unparalleled. Find out more with our Network Infrastructure Roadmap.
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About The Author
Siobhan Climer, Science and Technology Writer for Mindsight, writes about technology trends in education, healthcare, and business. She previously taught STEM programs in elementary classrooms and museums, and writes extensively about cybersecurity, disaster recovery, cloud services, backups, data storage, network infrastructure, and the contact center. When she’s not writing tech, she’s writing fantasy, gardening, and exploring the world with her twin two-year old daughters. Find her on twitter @techtalksio.