Cisco presents WAN innovations helping CIOs and IT heads

Cisco Live Berlin 2016Cisco announced innovations to its WAN solutions by adding more visibility and insight assisting CIOs and IT heads to keep businesses running.

Cisco SD-WAN vAnalytics provide visibility, forecasting for applications and bandwidth planning, and actionable recommendations. Cisco is offering SD-WAN vAnalytics via a Cisco SD-WAN license tier.

Cisco Meraki Insight helps IT administrators optimize the end user experience by providing valuable understanding into WAN and SaaS application performance, significantly reducing the time it takes to isolate and resolve issues. Cisco will offer Meraki Insight in Cisco’s Q3 as a separate license.

The WAN innovation is part of Cisco strategy for transforming the network, from campus to branch, data center to edge.

“As we bring insight into the WAN with these new innovations, we get closer to delivering end-to-end intent-based networking to help our customers eliminate downtime and save money,” said Scott Harrell, senior vice president and general manager, Enterprise Networking at Cisco.

IT industry research firm IDC said that almost 3 out of 10 organizations considered network outages to be a top WAN concern, with the same number stating they need better visibility and analytics to manage application and WAN performance.

Cisco SD-WAN vAnalytics SaaS solution — based on Viptela technology — provides data, analysis, and corrective actions across the WAN, including branch offices, multi-cloud endpoints, and multiple service providers.

vAnalytics offer IT heads and CIOs to power to forecast how potential policy changes to the WAN could affect application performance. It can also provide intelligent recommendations about how to deliver optimal application experiences.

Reece has over 600 branch offices and more than 5,000 employees.

Peter Castle, senior network engineer, Reece, said: “With vManage, we can centrally deploy branch applications and services rapidly, and we have been able to improve branch availability and bandwidth utilization with the rich analytics this platform provides.”

Cisco Meraki is a new tool integrated into the Meraki dashboard to help IT maintain a better end-user experience. The solution provides end-to-end visibility with application and WAN performance analytics. CIOs and IT heads can use Meraki Insight to understand and troubleshoot both internal and external issues that can contribute to poor user experience for applications hosted in a remote data center or in the cloud.

Jacob Stimpson, senior analyst, IT Business at Extra Space Storage, said: “Meraki Insight gives us the network and SaaS application visibility we need to quickly remediate issues and ensure a great end-user experience.”

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