Cisco Puts Forth an SD-WAN 'Bill of Rights'
The networking vendor outlines what users and administrators should look for in the technology they buy for their SD-WAN projects.Enterprises are increasingly using the cloud to deliver applications and services, and their workers, who are becoming more mobile, are looking for greater and improved wireless Internet access. Organizations also are beginning to feel the impact of the Internet of things, which will put even more pressure on network infrastructures. In this shifting world, businesses are finding that the traditional WAN setup—with traffic passing back and forth from remote sites into central data centers and back via Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) or other routes—isn't going to work as well anymore. That has helped drive the development of software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) technology, which enables remote offices to connect directly to the Internet via high-speed broadband. It's a market that is expected to grow rapidly, and it's attracting a broad range of companies, including Talari Networks, Glue Networks, Silver Peak, Viptela, Ipanema Technologies, VeloCloud and others. In addition, Cisco Systems is in the middle of it all with its iWAN offerings. Now the networking giant is trying to help users and network administrators determine what they want to get out of their SD-WAN environments and what they need to reach their goals. With that in mind, Jason Rolleston, senior director of product management for Cisco's Connected Mobile Experience unit, has pulled together an "SD-WAN Bill of Rights," a listing of 10 points that businesses can use as a guide to developing a comprehensive strategy and determining which SD-WAN offerings suit them best.
A complete list can be found here along with Rolleston's post on the company blog. The points touch on a broad array of areas, from greater automation so that network managers no longer have to waste time on routine tasks like managing security and compliance controls or driving to remote offices to make patches to the ability to embrace a hybrid WAN environment by choosing the best data path, whether it's 4G LTE or MPLS.