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Cisco Changes Its SD-WAN Strategy With Viptela; Perhaps You Should, Too

Published: 10 October 2017

ID: G00341639

Analyst(s): Andrew Lerner , Joe Skorupa


Having completed its acquisition of SD-WAN startup Viptela, Cisco has shifted its strategic direction away from its in-house-developed IWAN offerings in favor of the Viptela offering. I&O leaders responsible for SD-WAN decisions should reassess their SD-WAN choice.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


  • Introduction

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Cisco's realignment of its SD-WAN strategy around Viptela for advanced WAN requirements means I&O leaders responsible for networking may need to reassess their SD-WAN strategy
    • Revisit any recent decision to deploy IWAN or Meraki as an SD-WAN platform
    • Revisit decisions to delay SD-WAN deployment, if you made them based upon Cisco's lack of capability or Viptela's startup status
    • Migrate to the Viptela platform if your existing ISRs have defective Intel Atom chips and you do not require the modular platform
    • Lock in pricing for Viptela offerings to ensure your projected TCO can be achieved

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