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Trends like bring-your-own-device, mobility, and cloud computing are creating a surge in the number and types of devices connecting to the network and driving demand for WAN bandwidth. Remote and branch office employees expect fast, secure connectivity but most enterprises don’t have spare operational budget to increase their WAN bandwidth to backhaul all traffic to headquarters in order to keep it secure.

Enter Intelligent WAN, or IWAN. With IWAN, the Internet becomes a reliable, cost-effective way to supplement the WAN. Cisco’s IWAN also enables secure direct Internet access (DIA). Instead of backhauling branch office Internet traffic across the WAN, traffic is redirected to the Cisco Cloud Web Security (CWS) proxy, located in one of our data centers around the world, for inspection.

Now Cisco CWS is available on even more Integrated Services Routers (ISRs) for improved IWAN capabilities and additional deployment flexibility. Enterprises can use Cisco’s newest branch routing platform, the ISR 4000 Series, to redirect traffic to a CWS proxy using Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE) over IPsec.

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#CiscoChampion Radio S2|Ep 35: the latest in IWAN

CiscoChampion200PXbadge#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking about the latest in IWAN with Cisco Technical Marketing Engineer Jake Sacharok.

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Jake Sacharok, Cisco Technical Marketing Engineer

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Bill Carter, @ccie5022, Senior Business Communications Analyst
Eric Perkins, @perk_zilla,Principal Solutions Architect

Lauren Friedman, @lauren

Overview of IWAN CVD and SD-WAN Solutions
Benefits of the IoS Authority Certificate Solution
Cisco Prime and monitoring IWAN network
Why no IWAN question is too small for Cisco customers and partners
Industry wish list for IWAN Solution
APIC and IWAN integration
Behind the scenes with CVDs

Intelligent WAN Technology Design Guide

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Is Your Network Cloud Ready?

Is your network cloud ready? We at NetCraftsmen, a Cisco Gold Partner, are hearing this question more often. Let’s discuss how to tell if your network is cloud ready, and how to get there if you’re not. Even if your organization already has a public cloud presence, I hope you’ll find some ideas in the following material.

Is Your Network Cloud Ready

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#IWANWed: Harness the Power of Web Within the Enterprise Branch

Cloud Web Security AAG ImageIn the ever-changing world of enterprise branch environments, a high number of businesses are planning to migrate their WAN to the Internet. To be exact, Nemertes Research (Benchmark 2012–13 Emerging WAN Trends) estimates that number to be close to 50%.  That’s 50% of businesses migrating to Internet for WAN.

And why is that happening? Enterprises are trying to optimize their WAN to increase ROI. Internet has become a much more stable platform, offering significant price-to-performance gains. Thus, the growth of new cloud traffic, high bandwidth applications, and video can be easily load balanced across multiple WAN lines, one of which or both can be Internet links. Some of the enterprises go even further and enable local Internet breakout from the branch. Not only does it eliminate the need to unnecessarily backhaul the traffic to the corporate HQ or data center, but also helps to free up the precious WAN bandwidth for critical business related applications. This enables enterprises to provide guest Internet access within the branch and then slowly offer the same services to corporate users, both for trusted public clouds applications and general Internet access. Read More »

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#CiscoChampion Radio S1|Ep8 IWAN

#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists, hosted by Cisco’s Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja). This week we’re talking about Intelligent WAN (IWAN) with guest moderator, Cisco’s Lauren Friedman (@lauren)

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How IWAN benefits business
IWAN and Security
IWAN monitoring and configuration management
Levels of IWAN
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