Cisco Is Ready To Upgrade a Million Routers With SD-WAN Software

LINDA HARDESTY | August 7, 2018

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Cisco said last December that it was planning to make its Viptela’s SD-WAN technology available on its ASR and ISR routers via a software upgrade. And that day has arrived.Ramesh Prabagaran, Cisco’s senior director of SD-WAN, said the software can run on all ISR and ASR routers, as well as ENCS 5000 routers, that are four years old or younger. “The company has more than one million of these routers deployed, and now they can run Viptela’s SD-WAN capabilities with Cisco IOS XE software,” said Prabagaran. “Existing routers will suddenly become cloud controlled.” He said these younger routers, sold within the last four years, run Cisco’s IOS XE software. And Cisco has been able to integrate the Viptela SD-WAN software into IOS XE.Prabagaran, who came over to Cisco along with the Viptela team in August 2017, said that at the time of the acquisition Viptela’s SD-WAN technology was deployed with about 200 customers. Since joining Cisco “that same product has been deployed to almost 1,000 customers,” he said. “We’ve seen in the last year deployments in leaps and bounds.”

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