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Clash Of The SD-WAN Titans: VP Dave West On Positioning Cisco To Win In The SD-WAN Market

Cisco's Dave West says SD-WAN is an integral part of the company's vast intent-based networking play and its continued evolution toward life as an open, software-focused firm.

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How do SD-WAN and intent-based networking go together?

Intent-based networking is all about solving business outcomes. The intent piece is we're going to achieve a business outcome by using software and orchestration and machine learning to turn all of those capabilities on in the network that delivers that business outcome. We've done that. I've used automation and orchestration to drive out my intent, how do I know if it's working? That's the analytics with Assurance. We have this whole strong analytics piece in Viptela, as well. WAN analytics. That intent doesn't stop in the campus, it needs to be extended into the WAN to workloads that sit in the cloud, workloads that sit in the branch. The idea is that Viptela becomes a part of that. SD-WAN becomes part of that. You start to build out your intent-based capabilities for an enterprise, and it goes everywhere. You've got to get visibility everywhere... There's a tremendous amount of excitement for this, and it's pervasive. Our customers want these capabilities and now that we're using software and orchestrion to make it much, much easier, it helps a lot. You see them very excited about the capabilities, and partners are fundamental to our success.

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