ROUTING

More than connecting networks: Cisco SD-WAN

Software Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) is more than just connecting networks. SD-WAN provides insights and control in the applications that are running between DCs and remote or central sites. Elevate control by extending LAN segmentation over the WAN, deep packet inspection and service chaining.

The traditional WAN function was connecting users at the branch or campus to applications hosted on servers in the data center. Typically, dedicated MPLS circuits were used to help ensure security and reliable connectivity. This no longer works in a cloud-centric world where flexibility, visibility and own control are prefered.

The new WAN. There is a new kind of WAN to address these challenges: SD-WAN. Software-defined WAN is a new approach to network connectivity that lowers operational costs and improves resource usage for multisite deployments. Network administrators can use bandwidth more efficiently and can help ensure the highest level of performance for critical applications without sacrificing security or data privacy.

The benefits of SD-WAN.

  • Simplify management. As a centralized, cloud-delivered WAN architecture, SD-WAN makes it easy to scale across thousands of endpoints, whether they are in the branch, campus, or cloud. IT has the ability to automate zero-touch deployment globally, using a single management interface.
  • Improve the user experience. WAN optimization delivers optimal cloud application performance from multiple clouds to users anywhere. In the event of link failure or link degradation, application-aware routing can dynamically route traffic between dedicated circuits and secure Internet connections to drive constant delivery of business-critical applications. Additionally, businesses realize OpEx improvements by offloading expensive MPLS services with more economical and flexible broadband (including secure VPN connections).
  • Increase security. Threat prevention is enforced at the right place. SD-WAN architecture features distributed security at the branch level. Data does not have to travel back to the headquarters or data center for advanced security protection (such as a firewall, DNS enforcement, or intrusion prevention).

Why Cisco SD-WAN?

When connecting sites together over an uncontrolled network like the public internet, it is essential that your solution is not only leading with SD-WAN features but also with security. By choosing for a solution from Cisco, you choose for a solution leading in both fields.

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ROUTING

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.

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.

ROUTERS

Routers made simple: Cisco’s ISR 4000 and ISR 1000 Series

Simplify your day-to-day IT-management with the Cisco 4000 and 1000 Integrated Service Router (ISR) Series.

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What does the ISR-series do?

An ISR is an ideal ‘edge’ device and can act as the gateway for many different technologies.

  • The UC Gateway connects voice and video traffic to PSTN, SIP or other networks. Just add an UC license and you’re ready to go!
  • The Security Network Gatewayconnects you network and enforces who can access what. Basic security is added in any ISR with a SEC license or any Cisco ISR-DNA device (with Network Essentials or Advantage).
  • The SD-WAN Gateway connects sites using site-to-site VPNs and provides insights in what is happening in these VPN tunnels. This way you can for instance prioritize voice traffic over normal downloads between the sites, and much more (part of the Cisco DNA and C1 licenses).

ISR 1000 or ISR 4000?

The ISR 1000 is your edge solution with a pre-defined amount of ports. The ISR4000 is modular, so more port modules can be added in the back of the router. Take a look at the one-pager to find out how many slots each device can support.

Go to work with the Cisco ISR solutions

What do you need to know about the IRS solutions to effectively accelerate your networking operations? Read all about it on our feature page.

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