FedRAMP 'In Progress' Label Says Cisco SD-WAN Good Enough for Government Work

February 27, 2020

By Maurice Nagle, Web Editor

In several months, the people here in the United States will be voting for President, and as with any election – whether you believe it or not – the incumbent always carries somewhat of an advantage. In technology, it’s certainly a warm fuzzy to be named top dog, or placed in the “Magic Quadrant,” but I can assure you the incumbency advantage doesn’t necessarily translate the same in technology. Innovation is innovation, from startup to Cisco (News - Alert).

In a recent blog post,  Nick Michaelides announced Cisco’s SD-WAN is the first to receive the FedRAMP “In Process” designation.  Cisco SD-WAN already powers the networks of nearly three-quarters of Fortune 100, FedRAMP certification opens the door to government agencies gaining access to this transformational technology.

Michaelides noted, “Built based on a zero-trust model, Cisco SD-WAN seamlessly connects devices and people to any cloud, providing a superior application experience while delivering consistent unified threat protection from branch to cloud. With an upcoming FedRAMP authorization, Cisco SD-WAN is aligned to help U.S. government agencies and their critical infrastructure on their IT modernization journey, align with the Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) 3.0 guidance and adopt cloud services with confidence.”

Cisco touts the SD-WAN solution to drive enhanced agility, enterprise grade scalability, improved user experience as well as integrated security.

While the phrase, “good enough for government work,” comes to mind, I’m curious to see which providers follow suit. Cisco is in a unique position due to its robust portfolio with a number of solutions boasting FedRAMP Authorization – Cisco Webex Meetings, Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution for Government and Cisco Hosted Collaboration Solution for Defense – the question becomes who has an arsenal capable of joining Cisco in offering SD-WAN at the government level.

FedRAMP authorization was central to the SD-WAN Expo 2020 program, but as this technology becomes more widely accepted, deployed and embraced at large, I expect the chatter to raise a few decibel levels.  

What’s in your WAN?

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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