No, I’m not talking about schematics for the Hyperloop (although I’m pretty excited about flying through California in a suction pipe). I’m talking about an even more important network in today’s digitized world: the WAN.

Recent trends such as bring-your-own-device, mobility, and cloud computing have led to a surge in the number and types of devices connecting to the network. With these challenges, how can an enterprise manage demand for WAN bandwidth and fast, secure connectivity with a flat or decreasing operational budget?

Answer: Cisco’s Intelligent WAN, or IWAN. With IWAN, the Internet becomes a reliable, cost-effective way to supplement the WAN. Now using GRE (Generic Routing Encapsulation) over IPsec tunneling, Internet traffic is redirected from your Integrated Services 4000 Series routers (ISRs) to a Cloud Web Security (CWS) proxy. With the CWS Tunnel Connector comes additional deployment flexibility and these improved IWAN capabilities:

CWS Tunnel Connector Benefits - Table

Additionally, Direct Internet Access (DIA) is enabled, allowing users and guests to connect directly to the Internet. Now, having a fast, secure, and cost-effective network is more than just a pipe-dream, it’s a reality.

Thrown for a loop? To learn more about the CWS Tunnel Connector on Cisco ISR4000 Series Routers and read more about exciting developments in security, click here.

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Jason Liu

Product Marketing Manager

Enterprise Networking and Mobility