The opportunities for business transformation at the intersection of hybrid work and hybrid cloud are immense, but they’re matched by the challenge of supporting more distributed, dynamic workloads on the WAN. IT must provide connectivity for hybrid users, secure and connect mission-critical applications in the cloud, and support a vast array of connected devices, all while ensuring an optimal experience for every interaction.

Providing the connectivity, security, and automation required to simplify these networks is at the core of our vision, and we’re excited to announce that Cisco SD-WAN has been named a Leader in in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide SD-WAN Infrastructure 2021 Vendor Assessment (doc #US47279821, November 2021) In this quantitative and qualitative assessment, the IDC MarketScape recognized Cisco’s platform leadership and strategic vision for the Cisco SD-WAN portfolio.

Our SD-WAN solutions are designed to help organizations of all sizes navigate their own journey to a hybrid cloud model and give network and cloud architecture teams the end-to-end security, governance, and policy management necessary to protect enterprise data as it travels across sites. And as more application traffic migrates outside corporate borders, Cisco SD-WAN solutions provide better visibility, predictability, and automated troubleshooting across the digital experience.

“IDC’s Digital Infrastructure research team has identified the critical role of cloud-centric, consumption-based, and highly automated cloud and datacenter digital infrastructure architectures as enablers of digital business transformation and agility.”
Brandon Butler, IDC MarketScape: Worldwide SD-WAN Infrastructure 2021 Vendor Assessment

Cisco: a Leader for SD-WAN Infrastructure

Cisco SD-WAN solutions go beyond traditional SD-WAN capabilities to power the secure, predictable digital experiences required by today’s hybrid workforces. Enterprises of all sizes are connecting smarter, more dynamic workspaces, securing multicloud environments, and accelerating the transition to a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE)-enabled architecture with Cisco SD-WAN Solutions.

Whatever your reason for investing in a modern SD-WAN fabric, Cisco offers the most trusted solution on the market.

IDC MarketScape: Worldwide SD-WAN Infrastructure 2021
Source: IDC, 2021*

Accelerating hybrid cloud access for hybrid workforces

To help customers accelerate their cloud journey, Cisco offers on-ramps to private clouds and every major public cloud provider globally. Beyond this, Cisco SD-WAN solutions have deep integrations with AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, Megaport, and Equinix to automate seamless connectivity to any site-to-cloud, site-to-application, and site-to-site configuration with flexibility, security, and scale.

Connecting security, policy, and response

Cisco SD-WAN solutions provide integrated security and network policy controls for on-premises and cloud-native SASE environments, integrated with Cisco Umbrella® to protect against security blind spots and cyberthreats. Customers also benefit from the expertise of Cisco Talos, the industry’s leading visibility, intelligence, and vulnerability research group. Across our Viptela and Meraki SD-WAN portfolio, we help customers secure their cloud edge with flexible, consistent policy management across on-premises and cloud.

Visualizing all your digital dependencies: Analytics based on real-time insights

The quality of the digital experiences IT can provide is dependent on a number of underlying dependencies. Today’s hybrid environments are a complex blend of applications, networks and cloud services, powered by an evolving mix of on-premises hardware and public internet routes.  The smooth working of all these elements – and the success of the hybrid workforces that rely on them – is totally dependent on unpredictable Internet behavior and idiosyncratic home networks. Cisco SD-WAN provides powerful analytics capabilities that leverage machine learning to quickly pinpoint the root cause of network issues and translate real-time data into actionable recommendations. The integration of Cisco ThousandEyes with Cisco SD-WAN further enhances visibility that goes beyond the traditional network boundaries into the Internet, cloud, and SaaS.

At Cisco we are uniquely positioned to help any business deliver secure, end-to-end, optimized access to hybrid cloud resources While each organization’s journey towards this goal is unique one thing remains constant: choosing a single platform with a shared vision of where that path is leading.

Download a complimentary excerpt copy of the report and start planning your hybrid path forward.

IDC MarketScape: Worldwide SD-WAN Infrastructure 2021 Vendor Assessment


* IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. The Capabilities score measures vendor product, go-to-market and business execution in the short-term. The Strategy score measures alignment of vendor strategies with customer requirements in a 3-5-year timeframe. Vendor market share is represented by the size of the icons.


Lawrence Huang

Senior Vice President and General Manager

Cisco Networking - Meraki & Wireless