Cisco adds WAN Automation Engine to Evolved Services Platform

Enterprise IT vendor Cisco has added Cisco WAN Automation Engine (WAE) to its Evolved Services Platform (ESP).

Cisco says WAE will assist service providers to reduce operating expenses and drive new revenue streams utilizing the Internet of Everything (IoE).

The addition of WAE is part of Cisco’s network function virtualization (NFV) and software-defined-networking (SDN) strategy.

These new capabilities will provide service providers with tools they need to analyze, visualize and control functions across multi-vendor, wide area networks (WAN).

Cisco WAE automates bandwidth scheduling and calendaring, circumventing congested network paths. Cisco promises that automating these functionalities can deliver a more than90 percent return on investment (ROI) during the first year of deployment and a total cost of ownership (TCO) reduction of up to 45 percent.

“We expect to implement Cisco’s WAN Automation Engine to intelligently map our services to our transport across our core using cutting-edge SDN technology,” said Henry Hou, general manager for the Network Platform Department at Tencent.