Cisco Intelligent WAN or IWAN is a solution from Cisco to optimize and better utilize your branch WAN connectivity. It addresses several aspects of WAN concerns like cost, security and application experience. There are many challenges that IT is facing today in the enterprise world and I would like to address the top three in this blog post.
#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re talking about IWAN deployments with Cisco Communications Architect David Prall. Lauren Friedman (@Lauren) moderates and Sven Kutzer and Rikard Strid are this week’s Cisco Champion guest hosts.
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David Prall, @pralldc, Communications Architect
In the ever-changing world of enterprise branch environments, a high number of businesses are planning to migrate their WAN to the Internet. To be exact, Nemertes Research (Benchmark 2012–13 Emerging WAN Trends) estimates that number to be close to 50%. That’s 50% of businesses migrating to Internet for WAN.
And why is that happening? Enterprises are trying to optimize their WAN to increase ROI. Internet has become a much more stable platform, offering significant price-to-performance gains. Thus, the growth of new cloud traffic, high bandwidth applications, and video can be easily load balanced across multiple WAN lines, one of which or both can be Internet links. Some of the enterprises go even further and enable local Internet breakout from the branch. Not only does it eliminate the need to unnecessarily backhaul the traffic to the corporate HQ or data center, but also helps to free up the precious WAN bandwidth for critical business related applications. This enables enterprises to provide guest Internet access within the branch and then slowly offer the same services to corporate users, both for trusted public clouds applications and general Internet access. Read More »
LiveAction 4.0, shipped in late June 2014, brings increased scalability to enable users the ability to see thousands of devices across their entire network on a single pane of glass. It provides centralized visibility and management enhancements while leveraging the intuitive user interface and robust troubleshooting capabilities that LiveAction has become known for.
Through a highly expandable architecture, LiveAction 4.0 provides a consolidated view for the entire network bringing central management and coordination of nodes, distributed analytics management and device interaction and configuration. This allows network administrators to easily troubleshoot and resolve performance issues in networks with multiple data centers and geographically dispersed branch offices.
Has this happened to you? The line of business comes to you one day and says they have this great new idea to train the sales teams. “Let’s use YouTube videos”, they say. Or the CMO comes to you and says, “digital signage will increase our revenue if we can promote this next new line of products that is about to launch”. Or “This new cloud application looks great and it will increase employee productivity!”
But all you could say was ‘no, that’s not possible’. Not because you didn’t want to enable each of these groups but because 1) you are short of resources or 2) budget is tight or 3) the infrastructure just isn’t ready yet. Any or all of the above?
With 80% of the workforce in a non-HQ location, enabling these digital services is daunting to IT. What happens to other business critical applications if the WAN is flooded with YouTube videos? Digital Signage is a great idea, sure, but how do I distribute those HD videos or images to the stores? Cloud applications may seem like not much as a user but what happens if all my users are accessing the cloud at the same time? Read More »