I’m very excited and proud to announce that Gartner has placed Cisco into the Leaders position in the Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization. This accomplishment reflects the substantial progress Cisco has made in developing and executing on its vision for the Cisco Intelligent WAN (IWAN) with Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) over the past three years – a record that clearly demonstrates Cisco’s ability to compete in this space.
Magic Quadrant for WAN Optimization
Source: Gartner (March 2015)
The timing couldn’t be better
The analyst research and press coverage tells us loud and clear that the WAN is hotter than ever, and for good reason: mobility, cloud and the digitization of the enterprise are changing how we consume and deliver applications. Even the applications themselves are changing, as we’ve seen with the rise of a whole new class of bandwidth-intensive and latency-sensitive mobile apps and video. Read More »
Tags: Cisco Intelligent WAN, Cisco Wide Area Application Service, enterprise networks, Gartner Magic Quadrant, ISR 4000, IWAN, performance routing, PfRv3, waas, WAN Optimization
These are just a few of the many questions that were asked on the webinar ‘How to Deliver Uncompromising Branch Application Performance‘:
- Would DMVPN also allow me to easily integrate networks using multiple MPLS providers?
- Is there a specific router model, IOS required for a PfRv3 branch controller and master controller?
- Can you explain how the direct spoke-to-spoke routing is accomplished when using DMVPN?
- Is using BGP with DMVPN scalable? Wouldn’t we have to define each neighbor?
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Tags: DMVPN, hybrid WAN, Intelligent WAN, ISR 4000, IWAN, PfRv3
Today, at Interop in New York, we are introducing to our customers and partners four new platforms that extend what we started with the award winning architecture of the Cisco ISR 4451 into a complete family of Cisco 4000 Series of Integrated Services Routers (ISRs) designed and priced for all branch offices sizes and needs. The full family represents the greatest advancement in branch routing technology in the past ten years and promises to help IT deliver an uncompromised application experience for any user over any connection, with reliability and security.
With today’s announcement every branch of every size can benefit from the ISR 4000 Series architecture. We are excited to help IT deliver new services and improve application experience at the same time as streamlining branch infrastructure and reducing management and WAN costs. The five models that make up the family are the ISR 4451, 4431, 4351, 4331, and 4321. With this simplified portfolio (5 models vs 10 in ISR G2), we will cover WAN needs from 50Mbps all the way up to 2Gbps all with rich network services and a common management platform.
Over 1,200 customers have already adopted this new branch architecture to help meet next-generation demands like mobility and cloud. One of these customers is a large school district in the United States digitizing education with tools like eLearning, eBooks, and HD video. These initiatives could saturate bandwidth and potentially ruin the ability of students to download books while others watch live video or download OS updates. By deploying the ISR 4451 the school district was able to use our Akamai Connect capability to cache eBooks locally, off-loading enormous traffic from the WAN since the each eBook was now stored locally! Leveraging the ISR 4000 has helped the school district move forward with a truly digital learning experience. Read More »
Tags: ISR, ISR 4000, ISR 4000 Series, ISR4k, New Branch Routers, PfRv3
A few weeks back, Gartner analyst Bjarne Munch stated, “Internet and MPLS play an equally important role for enterprise connectivity. Network planners must establish a unified WAN with strong integration between these two networks to avoid performance problems.”[i]
So, why should IT move to a hybrid WAN architecture? What are the benefits?
#1 – Control Costs
Growth in bandwidth demand is overwhelming customer networks, particularly at the branch. IP traffic is expected to grow three times over the next five years due to video, cloud applications, rich media and data center centralization. At the same time, Nemertes’ 2014 WAN Best Practices and Success Factors report states that 60% of IT WAN budgets will remain flat or decline in 2015. Read More »
Tags: Akamai Connect, AVC, DMVPN, Glue, hybrid WAN, Intelligent WAN, IWAN, LiveAction, PfRv3
When customers ask me why they should care about hybrid networks,
I ask them the following questions.
- Did the number of mobile devices in your enterprise increase?
- Did the number of applications on your datacenter increase?
- Do your employees and guests expect to stay continuously connected while in the office?
If the answer is yes to any of the above questions, you may need more bandwidth! If you want more bandwidth without a major increase in your OPEX, then you should consider hybrid networks.
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Tags: free webinar, hybrid networks, hybrid WAN, IWAN, IWAN Wednesday, PfR, PfRv3