Over the weekend I had a brief twitter chat with someone who mentioned he had been wondering ‘what the heck is IWAN?’ (I’m paraphrasing here) and hadn’t been able to find anything on it. Besides asking the obvious -- why he hadn’t asked me or @CiscoEnterprise about it -- I thought I’d put together a brief on IWAN. Here, you’ll find the top 7 items to get you started learning about IWAN. Also, just wanted to put in a plug for Cisco Champions for Enterprise Networks - you can still nominate yourself or a colleague and one of the perks is that we’ll be making sure to do briefs and/or deep-dives on our solutions with Cisco Champions so you’re in the know.
First, what is the “I” in IWAN? Intelligent. (The I doesn’t refer to “i” as the Pods, Pads, and Phones and should be written upper case, not lower.) We’re calling the capability to use both internet and MPLS for your WAN as Intelligent WAN (IWAN). This idea comes as a result of the confluence of the forces hitting *right now* you’ve probably already heard about that I’ll may over simplify. Skip to the pretty list if need be or check out this intro to the CVDs that has 5 great use cases for IWAN on pages 2 and 3. Read More »
Tags: #CiscoChampions, application experience, ASR-AX, Cisco Routers, Intelligent WAN, ISR-AX, IWAN
Today’s IT organizations are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Most face an avalanche of new bandwidth requirements hitting their networks, yet too few resources to support the business’ needs. In 2013, three out of four organizations will not have any additional wide area network (WAN) budget (Nemertes Research). That means 75% of IT teams will not be able to buy more bandwidth to address exponential traffic growth, and will need to re-think their entire approach to the network if they want stay successful. Treading water will not be an option.
Here is a sampling of the trends that are challenging IT now:
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Tags: application experience, AX, Cisco, Intelligent WAN, ISR, ISR G2, ISR-AX, IWAN
#GameChanger is the one word we used to describe the new branch router: ISR 4451-X. We said it was designed from the ground up with rich services and application delivery in mind. How did we do that? Two words: Service Containers.
Service Containers are embedded into the router hardware itself, making it easy for you to manage and operate network services and applications. Services and applications are protected within each container, making it possible for each service to perform at the level that you need to, but also gives you the flexibility as its embedded nature entails. And since these containers can talk to each other even if they are on a separate device, you get high availability for your branch automatically. Read More »
Tags: application experience, enterprise networks, ISR, ISR G2, router, service containers