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.
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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.

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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.


100% cloud managed – Meraki Systems Manager

Unify management on all your company devices and increase mobility with Meraki Systems Manager.

Onboard new devices in a few clicks

Unify management and control over thousands of mobile and desktop devices in the secure, browser-based Meraki dashboard. Drive your organization’s mobility initiatives by seamlessly onboarding new devices and automating application of security policies.

Every user is unique. Every device is a bit different. Systems Manager keeps the network in the loop about constantly changing devices, automatically tracking device posture and adjusting security policies to match.


Check security cameras anywhere in the world – Meraki Video (MV)

Meraki provides networking in the cloud, but did you know that you can seamlessly integrate your security camera’s I your IT-infrastructure? You can with Meraki Video (MV).

Cloud-first security cameras

The MV family brings Meraki magic to the enterprise video security world. Impossibly simple to deploy, configure and manage, MV provides reliable security and valuable business insights to organizations of any scale.

Your security video wall anytime, Anywhere

Stream security video’s local and remote. View your customizable video walls from anywhere in the world using the Meraki dashboard in your web browser.

Automatic Network Detection

The Meraki dashboard will automatically detect whether the viewing computer is in the local network or somewhere remote. Local streaming video never goes to the cloud, saving bandwidth, while remote streaming video is proxied through the cloud, allowing it to be viewed from anywhere.


Easy management, maximum security – Meraki SD-WAN & UTM

Link sites over the WAN and discover Meraki’s security and UTM features: easily deployed, hacker-proof.


Cisco Meraki Security Appliances can be remotely deployed in minutes using zero-touch cloud provisioning. Security settings are easy to synchronize across thousands of sites using templates. Auto VPN technology securely connects branches in three clicks, through an intuitive, web-based dashboard.

Comprehensive Security in a Single Box

Every Meraki Security Appliance supports several features, like a stateful firewall and integrated Sourcefire intrusion prevention (IPS) engine, to keep networks secure. Threat definitions and filter lists are seamlessly updated, ensuring every site has bleeding-edge protection from the latest vulnerabilities and troublesome websites.

Easy add-on software for Meraki MX

You selected a Cisco MX for its hardware performance requirements. Now it is time to consider the software requirements and options that will make the real difference. Download the easy add-on two-pager and choose the right software requirements for your end-user.

End-to-end visibility in network and user experience – Cisco Meraki Insight

Optimize end user experience with actionable insights in your network – al managed from the cloud-first Meraki dashboard.  

Create happy, productive users

Meraki Insight helps IT administrators optimize the end user experience, significantly reducing the time it takes to isolate network or application problems that lie beyond the LAN, and create happy, productive users.

Drive innovation

Reliable, fast networks have become ubiquitous. They are driving innovation, productivity and instant collaboration, supported by the relentless growth of convenient cloud hosted applications. As the use of these apps and services grows, so does our reliance on every step of the journey, varying from app server to desktop or mobile device.

Factors in end-user experience

Even with a powerful, proven network infrastructure like Cisco Meraki, the end-user experience can only be truly optimized by considering all internal and external factors. Fast cloud application response times rely not only on a well-designed, high performance LAN, but also on the performance of the service provider’s infrastructure, the WAN or Internet connection and the remote SaaS (software as a service) application itself.


Meraki Insight has been developed to provide end-to-end visibility into how end-users are experiencing the network. It provides a more holistic view of the factors contributing to the end-user’s perception. Busy IT teams benefit from improved insight and a drastic reduction in troubleshooting effort, enabling resources to focus on the true cause of end-user frustration and provide faster, better service. Faster problem solving gives IT more time to support their organization’s priority missions.

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Cisco Meraki Insight is part of our Meraki SD-WAN training.

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Powerful switches, managed in the cloud – Meraki Switching

Discover the features of the easy-to-deploy Cisco Meraki Switches, all managed from the Meraki-dashboard in your browser.


Meraki Switches provide performance, true zero-touch cloud provisioning, network visibility and remote troubleshooting to deployments of any size.

Simple & Powerful

Cisco Meraki access and aggregation layer switches provide the backbone for networks of every size. The switches combine secure, scalable, robust performance with an elegant, intuitive management experience.

Easy to Deploy, Manage & Troubleshoot

Offering true zero-touch provisioning, Meraki switches can be pre-staged and configured entirely from a web browser. The Meraki management experience accelerates and simplifies the work of the network engineer.

Troubleshooting network issues, especially on remote locations, can significantly add to the cost of running this mission critical service. Meraki switches provide groundbreaking tools for remote troubleshooting. So expanding a network does not necessarily mean an increase of costs.

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A wireless network up in no-time – Meraki Wireless

Discover the features of the easy-to-deploy Meraki Access Points and find out how easy wireless networking can be.


Cisco Meraki access points are built from the highest grade components and carefully optimized for a seamless user experience. The outcome: faster connections, greater user capacity, more coverage, and fewer support calls.

The Software

Meraki access points provide deep network insights, enabling smarter network management. The dashboard provides visibility into the network users, their devices and their applications. Armed with rich analytics, administrators can quickly create access control – and application usage policies, optimizing both the end-user experience and network security.