The SD-WAN Bill of Rights talks about your right to never visit a branch office again. Depending on the size of your organization, budget, and operational preference etc there are various ways to exercise this right:
Option 1: Leave it to someone else
Last month, Verizon announced a new SD-WAN service that includes Cisco Intelligent WAN as a managed service offering. For customers, this means you get the best of both worlds. Verizon’s expertise in managing your network combined with the advantages of Cisco Intelligent WAN. Shawn Hakl, vice president of enterprise networking and innovation at Verizon speaks in this video about the two companies’ partnership.
“Verizon as a trusted service provider and Cisco as a trusted technology provider, together we give the customer the confidence to move forward and enjoy the benefits of the technology.”
If you would like to learn more about this exciting new service we invite you to join us to get more details at this webinar on Wednesday 28th October at 10am PST. Experts at Verizon will join Cisco’s TechwiseTV host Robb Boyd to discuss why you should choose Cisco and Verizon to deploy and manage an intelligent WAN.
Option 2: Do it yourself – there’s an app for it
The IWAN Application for the APIC-EM controller is another way to save a trip (and more) to the branch. The IWAN App was designed to simplify your IWAN deployments with a prescriptive network design and a drag-and-drop easy GUI. I may not be a network engineer, but with this app, I can easily set up a specific application to either take the MPLS route or the Internet route. I can specify that WebEx meetings get categorized as a business-critical application while Netflix gets dropped into the recreational bucket – except for when the new season of House of Cards comes out.
I can describe the IWAN App in thousands of words but it’s easier to just show it to you. And I will let the experts of TechwiseTV do it:
Options 1 and 2 are not mutually exclusive. Verizon not only offers a full-managed services offering but also consulting services. Say you have a small IT staff or lack the expertise to design a new network. Or simply you would still like to manage the network yourself. You can consult with Verizon on the various topics of implementing IWAN and use the APIC-EM controller and the IWAN App to configure IWAN.
Exercise your right. You’ve earned it.