SD-WAN: Cisco (Viptela) or Cisco Meraki?

In our Cisco portfolio we have 2 SD-WAN solutions, Cisco Meraki or Cisco (Viptela). Both are top contenders in the SD-WAN market segment, but which solution fits your networking needs in the best way possible?


Cisco SD-WAN: Custom-built & Advanced

Choose for Cisco SD-WAN if one or more of the following is a requirement:

  • Deploy SD-WAN on ISR or vEdge.
  • Use deep packet inspection to build policies and prioritize traffic flow.
  • Support for more than 2 ISP/WAN connections.
  • LTE (4G) should be a primary link used for load-balancing traffic.
  • Not 1, but many VPNs required between 2 sites. Segment your traffic not only on the LAN but keep it segmented over the WAN and create multiple topologies.
  • Insert a service, like an IDS firewall,  into an active VPN.
  • Choice of deploying the management servers in your own datacenter or hosted by Cisco.
  • WAN optimization with Cisco WaaS.
  • Optimize SaaS applications like O365. Provide a direct internet break-out & leverage the existing WAN connections to automatically calculate the best part to provide the O365 Break-out.
  • In depth analysis of applications crossing the WAN.
  • A strong support for inter-cloud (LTE|Internet|MPLS) is required.

Extra Modularity is achieved when deploying SD-WAN on ISR.
No Modularity is required? ISR111x or vEdge might do it.
Download our guide for more details and ordering information!

Meraki SD-WAN

Selecting Meraki is choosing for out-of-the-box SD-WAN. Go for a quick and easy to manage solution that will cover solutions requiring:

  • Deployment of SD-WAN on MX.
  • Use L7 Firewalling to build policies and prioritize traffic flow.
  • Support up to 2 ISP/WAN connections.
  • LTE (4G) works as failover when primary WAN links fail.
  • Connecting all sites with 1 mesh/Hub-Spoke topology.
  • Deploy the solution in the same dashboard as where to manage your LAN network. In Cisco Meraki’s Cloud.
  • Track SaaS applications like O365 and analyse delays on Lan/Wan or server problems to quickly pinpoint where an issue might be.
  • Constant monitoring of all your WAN links across the organisation in 1 dashboard.

In addition to that, Meraki MX adds the option of being the UTM firewall in your network.

Download our guide for more details and ordering information!

LiveNX: Your Unified Analytics Platform for Cisco SD-WAN / Meraki / and more

  • Day 0 – PLAN: While network migration is not a blank-slate exercise, it does afford an organization the opportunity to perform an audit of assets, sites, resources and policies, with possibilities to tailoring the new network to their business needs.
  • Day 1 – Build: During the production build out, the proof of concept is rolled out to active users. Once connectivity is established, based on requirements identified in the Day 0 baseline analysis, you will configure access control lists (ACLs) and quality of service (QoS) policies to mark traffic and deploy configurations to the devices in the network.
  • Day 2 – Run: Once the production network is live, the ongoing day-to-day operations need to focus on continual improvements and best practices. LiveNX delivers data metrics, dashboards and reports of the applications and network performance, on order to optimize the end-to-end environment.

The Pulse

Cisco’s acquisition of Viptela has shifted the focus to delivering cloud-first software-defined networking solutions to their customers. With Cisco’s mission to deliver intent-based networking –network solutions that conform to what’s important to the business – Cisco SD-WAN (formerly Viptela) accelerates the enablement of that vision to the enterprise.

The Network Lifecycle: Every Step Counts

A solution that supports these essential capabilities enhances every step of the network lifecycle, prevents productivity- and schedule-killing missteps, and accelerates detection, troubleshooting, and resolution when problems do arise.


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