Cisco has now integrated its SD-WAN and security portfolio. It aims to provide end users with the best and most secure access to business-critical applications anywhere, within the business environment and beyond. Think of Microsoft Office 365.

By integrating the software-defined (SD-WAN) network portfolio with its security technology, Cisco wants to respond to the emergence of cloud-based edge computing.

Many companies and organizations today place their key network infrastructure and applications in different cloud-based environments, such as public and private clouds, or purchase these services via a SaaS model. In addition, employees no longer only seek contact with these applications from the office, but also from other locations.

Better application experience

In order to guarantee everyone good access to the company network or business-critical applications, administrators often had to make concessions to the SD-WAN environment or to security. Cisco’s solution, as presented today, eliminates the need to make this assessment and thus enables IT departments to offer their end users a better application experience and make it more productive.

Specifically, the security-integrated Cisco SD-WAN solution now offers standard features such as an application-aware enterprise firewall and Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) and URL filtering. In addition, the Cisco Umbrella solution ensures that malicious destinations are blocked even before a connection is established.

Application for Microsoft Office 365

Other integrated functionality in Cisco’s optimized SD-WAN product includes improved operation of Microsoft Office 365. By monitoring all network paths for this cloud-based application in real time, the network and communication specialist can ensure that end users get the fastest access.

Furthermore, the improved SD-WAN solution through open APIs now offers the possibility for providers and partners to develop new services themselves. Finally, with the SD-WAN Quick Start, Cisco ensures that end users can deploy their SD-WAN environments faster and with less risk.

The launched Cisco SD-WAN Security solution is available immediately.

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