Cisco upgrade enables SD-WAN in 1M+ ISR/ASR routers

MICHAEL COONEY | August 8, 2018

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Cisco is moving rapidly toward its ultimate goal of making SD-WAN features ubiquitous across its communication products, promising to boost network performance and reliability of distributed branches and cloud services. The company this week took a giant step that direction by adding Viptela SD-WAN technology to the IOS XE software that runs its core ISR/ASR routers. Over a million of ISR/ASR edge routers, such as the ISR models 1000, 4000 and ASR 5000 are in use by organizations worldwide. The release of Cisco IOS XE provides an instant upgrade path for creating cloud-controlled SD-WAN fabrics to connect distributed offices, people, devices and applications operating on the installed base, wrote Anand Oswal, senior vice president of network engineering in a blog post about the upgrade. The software includes support for vManage, the cloud-based dashboard built by Viptela that lets users bring up SD-WAN resources and segment resources on the fly. Cisco acquired the SD-WAN company for $610 million last summer. Earlier this year Cisco added Viptela’s vAnaytics technology to its SD-WAN software to help enterprises identify the stress points and necessary policy or bandwidth changes that might be needed across an SD-WAN.

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