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5 Things To Know About Cisco SD-WAN

From IWAN to its $610 million Viptela purchase, here's what solution providers need to know about where Cisco's SD-WAN strategy came from and where its going.

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Network Transformation  

Research firm Gartner predicts 30 percent of enterprises will have deployed SD-WAN in their branch locations by the end of the year. Another research firm, IDC, estimates that worldwide SD-WAN revenues will exceed $6 billion in 2020. Needless to say, the SD-WAN market is only gaining steam as it matures.

Many vendors, from the established IT leaders, to startups, are getting in on the action, and networking giant Cisco is no exception. Cisco has brought several SD-WAN solutions to market, but today the company has two flavors of SD-WAN: Cisco Meraki and Cisco SD-WAN powered by Viptela, a solution derived from the IT giant's acquisition of SD-WAN startup Viptela for $610 million in 2017.

Here are five things that solution providers should know about Cisco SD-WAN products, the company's history in the crowded SD-WAN market, and its current strategy aimed at helping more customers prepare their networks for what's to come.  

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