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A powerful but complex solution ideal for large global enterprises. Requires IT team expertise to deploy and manage effectively. Features such as Cisco ThousandEyes allow SaaS, Internet and cloud applications to be analysed at a granular level. Cisco Viptela is ideally suited for advanced routing and scenarios that require flexible deployments.
Viptela was a privately held company based in San Jose, California which delivered a cloud-first SD WAN solution. The company was acquired by Cisco in 2017, because Viptela’s software-driven and cloud-first WAN architecture integrated well with Cisco’s Digital Network Architecture (DNA), building on automation, virtualisation and analytical capabilities. Viptela was named in Forrester’s Wave on Zero-trust as a leader for two consecutive years and currently deploy in 70% of the Fortune 100, with large a large presence in all major sectors. Cisco Viptela are industry specialists with decades of experience.
Cisco Viptela is a complex and high level SD WAN offering multi-cloud capabilities. Viptela’s solution can be deployed as physical, virtual or cloud form. The solution can be fully managed, however can also be co managed indirectly via a Viptela service provider, integrator partner as well as a DIY solution, leveraging pre-existing IT teams. SD WAN can be deployed as multi-tenant, on premises or via the cloud using branch, cloud and colocation edge infrastructure. Using the Cisco Catalyst 8000v edge software or Cloud Services Router 1000v Cisco SD WAN can be deployed into cloud environments.
Cisco Viptela employs an integrated SASE security solution that unifies network and security under one cloud-delivered service. The SASE solution can be deployed on-site or with Cisco Umbrella Cloud Security, providing network protection against web based attacks. Segmentation allows for mission critical assets to be isolated and protected from anywhere across the network.
Viptela SD WAN cloud interconnect, connects site to site or multi-cloud services via a cloud agnostic backbone. This allows Viptela to access cloud vendors and IaaS environments such as Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud and AWS.
Cisco is an AWS QuickStarts partner for security and compliance. It leverages a virtual private cloud with an AWS Transit Gateway route table, which extends connectivity to on-premises resources that use either an AWS site-to-site VPN or AWS DirectConnect gateway. They also feature on Azure’s marketplace offering Cisco Cloud vWAN application for Azure virtual WAN.
Cisco’s joint solution with Google Cloud leverages Cisco SD WAN cloud hub and Google Cloud Network Connectivity Centre to connect branch sites and on-premises data centres to the cloud.
Viptela offer WAN acceleration and optimisation using Cisco Cloud OnRamp, which ensures that high SLAs and performance are maintained for critical applications. Automated dynamic path selection automatically steers critical traffic around network problems and issues are mitigated in real-time, ensuring optimal performance for cloud-applications such as Microsoft 365 and Salesforce. This also enables fast infrastructure migration to all major public clouds such as AWS, Azure and Google Cloud, with colocation facilities providing policy enforcement independent from cloud providers.
Direct internet access (DIA) is also provided to optimise branch workloads without compromising security. Acceleration to SASE architecture is available using Cisco Umbrella Platform, a cloud-based product that protects against security blind spots and cyber threats. Clients can choose to prioritise network traffic such as cloud applications, unified communications and guest access.
Remote users are connected to the internet or enterprise network using the Cisco AnyConnect security end point agent. Viptela’s solution provides remote users with secure access from any device, anywhere in the world whilst also protecting the integrity of corporate network security. This utilises posture enforcement, roaming protection and web security features to provision secure access to applications, internet or internal resources. Viptela provides a simple single client for endpoint and cloud security and functionality control. Viptela AnyConnect is cross-platform and supports multiple devices.
Cisco offer overlay services that run on satellite MPLS, broadband and internet, 5G/LTE, connecting to IaaS and multi-cloud servers.
As an SD WAN vendor, Cisco Viptela’s offering supports the SD WAN overlay. Viptela do not manage or support an SD WAN underlay directly.
Viptela does not offer their own managed services, instead service providers such as Verizon offer managed services for Viptela solutions (see, Which service providers, integrators and resellers support Cisco Viptela?). Cisco Viptela offer DIY SD WAN solutions that should be considered for enterprises with robust IT teams that possess high levels of expertise. However they offer both co-managed and fully managed SD WAN via third party service providers. Viptela services are best purchased via an accredited reseller.
vManage is Viptela’s reporting and management dashboard, designed to simplify network operations. The dashboard allows users to connect all company data centres, branches, core and campus locations, colocation facilities, cloud infrastructure and remote workers (see, How does Cisco Viptela support remote users?). This provides one area for centralised configuration management and operations to be monitored across the entire SD WAN. It also includes Cisco Umbrella for accelerated access to SASE. This is enabled by Cisco SD WAN applying the Overlay Management Protocol (OMP) to the entire WAN.
Cisco Viptela do not have a Service Level Agreement as they do not provide managed services themselves or offer underlay connectivity. Customers are able to set their own SLAs however using Cisco products.
Viptela have different levels of partnership including: Partner Ecosystem Exchange, Solution Partners, DevNet Solutions Plus and Digital Solutions Integrators. Cisco Viptela also support strategic partnerships with the following: