Cisco brings visibility and insights to tackle WAN issues

New innovation provides deep learning capabilities that can predict WAN issues before they happen

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Cisco brings visibility and insights to tackle WAN issues Harrell says the WAN is a vital part of the network and is one of the toughest to manage.
By  Manda Banda Published  March 12, 2018

Networking giant Cisco, has launched new innovations built to bring visibility to IT's biggest blind spot: the wide-area network (WAN).

Made up of disparate networks outside of the control of IT, the WAN connects employees to applications, no matter where those employees might be. The fragmented nature of the WAN means that IT often has limited ability to specifically determine problems and get real-time information.

Now, Cisco is helping IT by providing the capability to forecast WAN problems before they happen, while quickly isolating and fixing issues when they do occur.

"We have set an ambitious goal for ourselves of transforming the entire network, from campus to branch, data center to edge," said Scott Harrell, senior vice president and general manager, Enterprise Networking at Cisco.

 "The WAN is a vital part of the network and is one of the toughest to manage. 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."

Over the past few years, the rise of multicloud IT environments has exacerbated the traditional complexity of the WAN and magnified its challenges. IDC's 2017 Worldwide SD-WAN Survey discovered that almost 3 out of 10 organisations 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 provide IT with visibility, forecasting for applications and bandwidth planning, "what-if" scenarios, and actionable recommendations.

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