SD-WAN

SD-WAN simplifies the management and operation of a WAN by decoupling (separating) the networking hardware from its control plane.

A key application of an SD-WAN is to allow companies to build higher-performance WANs using lower-cost internet access, enabling businesses to partially or wholly replace more expensive private WAN connection technologies such as MPLS.

Any enterprise-class Cisco routers sold in the last 10 years should support all the features that are needed to roll-out an SD-WAN. The biggest challenges are deployment in a 24/7 environment that is also highly customized to local and global configuration requirements. With Gluware, customers can deploy Cisco validated designs over existing hardware platforms, accommodate these customizations, and start a gradual migration immediately.

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Gluware SD-WAN can help you simplify your network.

Benefits

  • Protect your Investment – Gluware enables customers to use their current Cisco WAN network to enable SD-WAN; no new hardware “bookends” needed
  • A true software solution to orchestrate your Cisco Network – Gluware provides automation and orchestration of over 130 Cisco router features enabling the ability to centrally control customers WAN; don’t let the “bookends” “dumb down” your feature-rich Cisco investment
  • Software that meets your specific network design needs and business demands – Gluware is the only solution which provides the flexibility and customization to meet each customer’s unique network designs; Gluware is an approved Cisco partner
  • Gluware SD-WAN Solution is a simple approach to “unchain”-ing the enterprise from expensive bandwidth provided by carriers. Gluware provisions the existing WAN architecture to make intelligent decisions about what traffic is placed on which route. It allows high priority traffic to get the best treatment and differentiates the lower priority traffic so that cheaper bandwidth can be used.

Features

  • Pre-built and fully customizable
  • Data model driven with intelligent engines, extremely flexible
  • Multi-vendor, multi-platform to provide automation for other branch devices (firewall, switch, WAN Op, etc)
  • Cloud (SaaS) and on-premise solutions
  • Features modeled including AAA, Common Services, Zone-Based-Firewall, IP Numbering, Multicast, Netflow, PfR, Platform abstraction, Policy-Based Routing, QoS, SNMP, Overlay (DMVPN) Tunneling and more
  • Zero-touch provisioning, Advanced (cloud-based) provisioning, day-2+ ongoing configuration management
  • Support for brownfield and greenfield networks

Overview

The business case for SD-WAN is simple: Leverage Internet broadband connectivity for general connectivity to public cloud applications and reserve private network connectivity for security or privately hosted business-critical applications.

There are a number of critical challenges to meeting this goal:

  • It requires routers to become application aware to route the traffic appropriately, and it may dictate changes to routing and QoS methods;
  • The technology used by service providers for broadband and MPLS differs widely, and many customers want to implement broadband from two service providers to improve resiliency and failover;
  • Upgrading the OS/firmware on each device may be necessary to enable the latest functionality required for SD-WAN, and companies have been reluctant to do so as it can potentially break network functionality or existing network configuration scripts
  • Any changes going forward require sophisticated feature change orchestration in concert over a larger number of network devices to maintain a well performing, consistent network

Anticipating these operational changes and providing simple tools for network operators is paramount for the success of such a solution in daily operations.

Gluware’s SD-WAN solution provide the ability to convert an existing WAN to an SD-WAN network leveraging existing devices. It is based on Cisco validated designs but allows specific customization for each router as needed. Even if some devices retain an older firmware, Gluware will automatically adapt and communicate with the device using older commands and syntax.

Once the SD-WAN configuration has been designed, Gluware provides Guided workflows for network engineers and operators to lifecycle manage devices and provide the simplest possible solution for everyday tasks to network operators. These workflows are designed for maximum simplicity and can be customized by Gluware to match specific customer requirements.

Example Use-Case Using Gluware to Manage Cisco IWAN for SD-WAN Deployment