What to Ask Your Vendor – The Essential SD-WAN Capabilities

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Ramesh Prabagaran, Sr. Director, Product Management, Cisco SDWAN

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As thousands of customers have adopted SD-WAN, the industry has seen more confusion than clarity with regards to feature requirements. Gartner has defined the four key requirements for SD-WAN (see below), but there still more critical features required to meet the enterprise-grade capabilities. For example, network segmentation to isolate critical applications has been a widely deployed feature since the Target breach. This webcast will cover essential enterprise SD-WAN features beyond the basics, and how they are important for the common deployment scenarios across industries. These features include: - Overlay capability over MPLS, Broadband and LTE - Cloud-ready capability for SaaS, IaaS, PaaS and more - Unified and centralized management of all WAN infrastructure - Network segmentation with per-segment topologies - Predictable Application SLA with centralized policies and real-time traffic steering - Mature routing capabilities with BGP, OSPF, VRRP, and IGMP - Unified and centralized management of all WAN infrastructure - Robust-zero trust WAN security including authentication, encryptions, segmentation and service chaining As a background, here are Gartner’s four key requirements for SD-WAN: - SD-WAN solutions provide a lightweight replacement for traditional WAN routers, and are agnostic to WAN transport technologies (that is, they support MPLS, Internet, Long Term Evolution [LTE], etc.). - Based on business and/or application policies, SD-WAN solutions allow for load sharing of traffic across multiple WAN connections in an efficient and dynamic fashion. - SD-WAN solutions dramatically simplify the complexity associated with management, configuration and orchestration of WANs. - SD-WAN solutions must provide secure VPNs, and have the ability to integrate additional network services and offload Internet-destined traffic closer to the edge of the network.

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