Today, Cisco completed the acquisition of Viptela, which further accelerates our Network Intuitive vision we launched in June.

Viptela provides a world-class, cloud-first SD-WAN solution with advanced routing, segmentation, and security capabilities for interconnecting complex enterprise networks. Its cloud-based network management, orchestration and overlay technologies make it easy to deploy and manage next-generation WAN architectures.

There are massive transformations in enterprise networking as new waves of Software Defined Networking (SDN) move into the LAN and WAN. Customers are turning to SD-WAN solutions to simplify their branch office and WAN deployments, and lower costs and risks with simple automation and orchestration. In fact, IDC estimates that worldwide SD-WAN infrastructure and services revenues will see a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 69.6% and reach $8.05 billion in 2021.

The Viptela team will be joining our enterprise networking engineering and sales teams to begin extending Cisco’s vision for intent-based networking across the WAN, campus, and branch. We are committed to continuing to accelerate the standalone roadmap for Viptela’s vEdge routers and overall SD-WAN solution. We will also be committing significant incremental engineering resources to bring unified next-generation SD-WAN solutions to market across our ISR and ASR routers as well as the newly announced DNA Center.

Cisco is committed to offering the broadest range of SD-WAN solutions to our customers. Selecting the right solution is based on understanding our customers’ needs and goals. With that in mind, we’ll provide our customers with the following options:

  • For customers and partners that require cloud-first SD-WAN solutions with advanced routing, complex topologies, or granular segmentation capabilities, Cisco’s SD-WAN solution based on Viptela will be the preferred solution.
  • For customers looking for unified threat management (UTM) solutions with SD-WAN functionality or are existing Cisco Meraki customers looking to expand to SD-WAN then Cisco Meraki is the recommended solution.
  • Cisco is investing in and supporting the IWAN solution. Customers who need to support advanced services such as voice, compute, WAN optimization, integrated threat control capabilities, switching, etc., integrated on a single device, or are leveraging an existing ISR, should select Cisco IWAN. As new unified offers are made available with Viptela’s technology incorporated in the ISR and ASRs, customers will be able to migrate to the new unified solution as desired.

Viptela accelerates Cisco’s overall Network Intuitive vision that was unveiled in June. With this new Digital Network Architecture approach, Cisco is changing the fundamental blueprint for networking with reimagined hardware and the most advanced software. The shift from hardware-centric to software-driven networking will enable customers to experience a quantum leap in agility, productivity and performance. The intuitive network is an intelligent, highly secure platform — powered by intent and informed by context and Viptela’s solution is perfectly aligned with that vision. We’re helping our customers be successful with their digital transformation and Cisco’s next-generation SD-WAN solutions will play a key role in making that vision a reality.


Scott Harrell

Senior Vice President and General Manager

Enterprise Networking Business