- Cisco is set to release a new edition of its SD-WAN software that will extend the reach of the system and include new management capabilities.
- Among the most significant enhancements to Cisco, SD-WAN release 17.10 is the ability to use Cisco SD-WAN Multi Region Fabric (MRF) support with existing Software Defined Cloud Interconnect (SDCI) systems to extend the reach and control of the SD-WAN environment majorly.
According to Cisco, MRF allows customers to divide their SD-WAN environments into multiple regional networks that operate distinctly from each other, along with a central core-region network for managing inter-regional traffic.
SDCI technology links enterprise resources to the cloud, network, and internet service providers. Cisco customers could use SDCI with their SD-WAN deployments earlier but not MRF.
Benefits of The Update
Customers can now set network, configuration, and security policies across a wide variety of locations from a central site by combining the two technologies and using the Cloud OnRamp Multicloud Interconnect Gateway in Cisco SD-WAN software.
According to John Joyal, senior manager of product and solutions marketing with Cisco’s enterprise SD-WAN and routing group, now, customers can assign regions and roles to SD-WAN edges deployed within SDCI infrastructure. They can also segment MRF regions into multiple sub-regions and share border routers between these sub-regions, allowing for better redundancy and failover-centric network designs.
Other Features by Cisco
Cisco stated that another new Cloud OnRamp feature automatically programs Kubernetes application connectivity requirements, allowing customers to bring up those resources more quickly in an SD-WAN environment.
On the security side, Cisco has expanded its Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) options by integrating security platforms from Cloudflare and Netskope. It follows the same integration between Cisco and ZScaler security offerings.
Cisco said it would integrate its alerts with Splunk’s security information and event management (SIEM) system.
Cisco said its SD-WAN package would let Azure customers build automated site-to-site connectivity over Microsoft’s global network using the Cisco SD-WAN Cloud Hub and Azure Virtual WAN with its multi-region fabric.
The idea is to let customers build single or multiple overlays on top of Microsoft’s backbone to interconnect enterprise sites worldwide and connect sites to workloads running inside Azure, similar to Cisco’s arrangement with Google Cloud.