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 »