Cisco Delivers Added SD-WAN Insight

March 08, 2018

By Maurice Nagle, Web Editor

One of the biggest perks of the software-defined revolution at hand is visibility.  And, it is one of the driving forces in the adoption of SD-WAN, in addition to the promises of flexibility, application performance and reliability.

Cisco (News - Alert) announced two new solutions this week to build on the WAN transformation taking place to offer invaluable insight into network operations in the form of Cisco SD-WAN vAnalytics and Cisco Meraki Insight.

In Cisco SD-WAN vAnalytics, IT gains the ability to explore “what if” scenarios, review forecasting for applications and bandwidth planning as well as provide the team with recommendations. With Cisco Meraki Insight, IT admins are granted a better understanding of the end user experience. It offers visibility into Saas and WAN performance, making network trouble shooting and resolution a more manageable undertaking.

"We have set an ambitious goal for ourselves of transforming the entire network, from campus to branch, data center to edge," said Scott Harrell, senior vice president and general manager, Enterprise Networking at Cisco. "The WAN is a vital part of the network and is one of the toughest to manage. As we bring insight into the WAN with these new innovations, we get closer to delivering end-to-end intent-based networking to help our customers eliminate downtime and save money."

Improved WAN visibility is the first step toward perfecting operations. As complex, as the modern SD-WAN deployment can be, it delivers simplicity in the end. Application performance, robust security, scalability and peace of mind are but a few of the ways this quickly maturing technology can transform operations.

The cloud is no passing fad, and with projections placing a multi-billion dollar evaluation on this market service providers are padding portfolios. And, as long as adoption continues on its torrid path, sky’s the limit for SD-WAN.

Edited by Mandi Nowitz