Over the past few weeks I’ve had the chance to come up from my rabbit hole of deployment projects and catch up on the tech news. In particular, the announcement at Interop New York where Cisco announced the new ISR 4400 family of routers along with a few other articles got me to thinking about how far branch office connectivity has come in the past decade or so and to a question: is one method of branch connectivity better than another?
In the Beginning…
In the past decade or so we have seen substantial change in how we connect to the internet and how fast we do so. Early on (circa early 2000s) the internet was fairly flat. Real time voice and video were still a thing of science fiction. In the enterprise we connected remote offices back to the central office via leased lines over a frame relay network. T1s were considered good and if you had a DS-3 link you must have been in a big IT shop. Compute services were limited to corporate email (Outlook/Exchange were the new kids on the block) and client/server based systems. Read More »
Tags: #ciscochampion, Cisco ISR, ISR 4000 Series, ISR 4431, ISR 4451-X, IWAN, VPLS, vpn
If you have been following Cisco Blogs, attending CiscoLive, or reading industry publications like Network World, you’ve probably heard about Cisco’s Intelligent WAN or IWAN solution. For those of you that haven’t been in the loop, have more questions, or are just plain curious about the Intelligent WAN, we have a short webinar series kicking off on the 6th of November at 10am PST. We will cover the important building blocks for architecting your hybrid WAN infrastructure including:
- Defining the Hybrid WAN
- In-depth technical analysis of Cisco’s Hybrid WAN Solution: IWAN
- How IWAN can help to lower your IT costs
If you belong to an IT organization that is centralizing applications in the public or private cloud to gain efficiencies or are migrating the Internet edge in your branch offices to take advantage of software as a service (SaaS) applications, then make sure you attend this live 60-minute webcast, the first of a four-part series. We will show you how a hybrid WAN architecture can help you deliver a consistently high-quality end-user experience while actually reducing your WAN operating costs.
Still not sure if IWAN is for you? Consider these other trends that might be happening in your enterprise network today that could end up causing many sleepless nights in the future:
- Mobile devices continue to proliferate, and high-bandwidth applications such as video are becoming more and more commonplace, putting pressure on the WAN.
- According to Nemertes, most organizations’ WAN budgets will remain flat or decline in 2015, meaning that adding bandwidth is often not an option.
Join our Cisco experts and bring your questions with you!
Tags: Intelligent WAN, IWAN, mobility, network infrastructure, WAN architecture, wireless, wireless network
LiveAction 4.1, shipped in late August, provides additional Cisco IWAN management features available with PfRv3 release, announced in July for ISR and ASR platforms. As Cisco’s preferred management solution for IWAN, LiveAction makes troubleshooting of performance routing issues easier through at-a-glance visual dashboards and simple workflows.
LiveAction 4.1 leverages the scalability enhancements provided in version 4.0 and adds several important functions allowing enterprises to take advantage of improved intelligent path control for Cisco Intelligent WAN and large-scale configuration and change management functions. LiveAction 4.1 features provide the following customer benefits:
- More robust PfRv3 dashboard and workflows enabling faster troubleshooting
- PfR configuration and provisioning via Net LineDancer (NetLD) integration
- 5X faster report processing than LiveAction 3.0
- Full NCCM functions through integration with NetLD
- Device grouping allowing common operations across multiple devices with ease
- Easier to deploy device configurations to multi-vendor platforms
- No more restrictions on single admin login and flexibility in Active Directory login
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Tags: asr 1000, CSR 1000V, ISR 4000, IWAN, LiveAction, PfR
This week at Interop New York, Cisco launched to its customers and partners advancements in access routing to help partners transform businesses’ networks to support cloud and mobile solutions – the new Cisco ISR 4000 Series. This new series powers the Cisco Intelligent WAN (IWAN) to deliver an end-to-end solution that aids bandwidth constraints of aging networks. This transforms the entire network down to the branch level.
In case you missed our partner event about the latest news, be sure to visit the partner page for a replay of the partner webcast and additional information. You can also check out our short video, which summarizes everything into a quick overview.
The next several years provide a huge sales opportunity. This is a true win-win situation for partners. You win with significant up-sell opportunities. Your customers win with simple, seamless, and secure IT management for their network infrastructures. Read More »
Tags: Akamai Connect, andres sintes, branch networking, Cisco, interop, ISR 4000 Series, ISR 4321, ISR 4331, ISR 4351, ISR 4431, IWAN, mobile cloud, network infrastructure, partner, SourceFire IDS
A few weeks back, Gartner analyst Bjarne Munch stated, “Internet and MPLS play an equally important role for enterprise connectivity. Network planners must establish a unified WAN with strong integration between these two networks to avoid performance problems.”[i]
So, why should IT move to a hybrid WAN architecture? What are the benefits?
#1 – Control Costs
Growth in bandwidth demand is overwhelming customer networks, particularly at the branch. IP traffic is expected to grow three times over the next five years due to video, cloud applications, rich media and data center centralization. At the same time, Nemertes’ 2014 WAN Best Practices and Success Factors report states that 60% of IT WAN budgets will remain flat or decline in 2015. Read More »
Tags: Akamai Connect, AVC, DMVPN, Glue, hybrid WAN, Intelligent WAN, IWAN, LiveAction, PfRv3