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Cisco SD-WAN Primary Use Case

OM
Managing Partner at a consultancy with 11-50 employees

We implemented and currently support some clients using Cisco SD-WAN.

Essentially, everything is moving to the cloud. There is a big shift from the traditional network operator-based infrastructure to a fully cloud-native kind of infrastructure for companies. People don't want to deal with so many providers. The network provider, the cybersecurity provider, another company managing the routers and firewalls, et cetera. Everything is moving to the cloud to simplify things. The shift to SD-WAN is motivated by business reasons. It allows for cutting costs. Traditional networking forms for data centers are simply too expensive, too slow, and very time-consuming to maintain.

Today with the SASE architecture, it's very easy to immediately deploy the cloud to have one subscription for one set of services. With one subscription, you have full access to a dedicated network that is much faster than the traditional MNTL networks that traditional data centers are using. Plus, you have integrated cybersecurity and a fully dedicated private backbone that is essentially spreading across the globe. People don't want to delegate to British telecom off to Verizon anymore, handing their network into another company managing the security into another company managing the networking infrastructure. With SD-WAN, especially with solutions based on the SASE framework, they pay one subscription fee each month, and one single company is managing everything. 

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ER
Executive Vice President Operations and IT at Sterling National Bank

With my first client on Viptela were getting MPLS (MultiProtocol Label Service). That is a type of communications network that most of the major providers like Verizon offer. They were paying roughly $3,000 a month for each one of their 30 branches. That was giving them 10 megabits per second. We replaced that with the likes of Verizon Fios and Comcast. Each one of those business internet services cost about $200 apiece per month. The cost of the SD-WAN was maybe another $200. So for $600 a month, we replaced something that was costing them $3000 a month, and they were getting a minimum of about 50 megabits-per-second upload and download.  

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MC
Head of Enterprise Business at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

As a company, we are a Cisco Premier Partner and we work as a system integrator and reseller. As for myself, I currently work simultaneously with Cisco and Fortinet for SD-WAN solutions.

Because we're only an integrator and not an ISP-level company, we haven't engaged with that many SD-WAN projects, and our typical line of work involves using Cisco products in bank solutions, such as for branch connectivity.

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SS
Pre-sales consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

Our primary use case generally relates to customers looking to reduce their MPLS costs. In addition, many of our customers are moving to the cloud, which can handle both on-prem and cloud services, a hybrid solution. Finally, some of our customers are looking to move towards new technologies and will choose this solution, but the primary use cases are the first two - reduction of MPLS costs, using multiple modes of transport, and managing and control of technologies.

We deal mainly with large enterprise companies. A few years ago customers were not aware of SD-WAN or they were not looking to migrate to SD-WAN, but now whenever there is talk around WAN, 95% of the customers are moving to SD-WAN.

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DA
Solution Director at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

We are network providers. SD-WAN is one of the main options we offer to our customers.

Clients primarily use the solution for three main reasons. The first is for cost savings when accessing the internet. The second is access to the cloud. The third is to allow customers a kind of autonomy with management over the network.

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DM
Network Operations Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Normally, you use it for the internet connection.

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LD
Head of Network Service, Information's Communications Technologies and Development at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We primarily use the solution for MPLS. We use it to have a connection to the telecom and we also have some radio networks that we use it for. We have two WAN ports - one is the MPLS one is the radio backbone.

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Product Manager at Entel Chile

Initially, the primary use case was to lower costs, however, over time it has been to increase the availability of services according to the profile of the branches. 

Something very important is the security that this technology brings with it. We protect the data, we segment and give priority to what we need. In the same way, the possibility of being able to choose the underlay that I really need is great. Together with the type of service, the MPLS or Internet, is an advantage. In software-defined networks, the simplicity of doing things is its main characteristic.

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SP
Telecom and Collaboration Manager at a construction company with 501-1,000 employees

We are using it for load balancing our network bandwidth. We haven't implemented it yet at any office. It will be done probably in a week.

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OM
System Engineer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

There is a commercial bank here in our region, and they want to eliminate expensive and MPLS lines. They've been looking to implement internet SD-WAN solutions and to have them in their central system as two uplinks. One is service provided and another one is for added services.

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SS
Director at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

Primarily, the solution is meant for multi-side locations, in which different kinds of MPLS and internet to MPLS scaling over are involved, as well as configurations based on the latencies and data availability of the links. These are the kinds of parameter services to which I refer. In a nutshell, the solution focuses on the availability of the network from one side to the other. 

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Senior Engineer at Totalplay

We primarily work with branches of small businesses and enterprise-level organizations.

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PA
Pre-sales Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

We are a solution provider and Cisco SD-WAN is one of the products that we implement for our customers. I am a pre-sales engineer and help with the consultancy.


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UB
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

We are a solution provider and this is one of the products that we implement for our clients.

One of our customers has approximately 100 branches that were linked together using Cisco SD-WAN in multiple phases. In the first phase, they started with 40 branches. In the head office, they have two MPLS links and two internet links. In each branch, they have one of each. Before implementing this solution, they could not do both things at the same time.

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Senior Director, Network Engineering at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees

Full replacement of office to office, office to data center, and data center to data center MPLS and private lines with commodity Internet and SD-WAN.

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AJ
Data Center Engineer at Emerging Communication Limited

I recently provided Cisco SD-WAN to one of my customers for the first time. This customer had a traditional network and had been happy with the conversion to a software-defined WAN.

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DR
Vice President Of Services at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The solution is primarily just for software-defined WAN or WAN edge solutions. We use it to connect to data centers.

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Pre-Sale System Engineer SOLA & NOLA at Logicalis Latam

We are resellers and integrators.

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NP
Network Analyst at a real estate/law firm with 1-10 employees

Our primary use case is for the web gateway and VPN server and for access list control. We basically use the solution as a minimal requirement for the network gateway. We have about 50 users. I work as a network analyst and we're vendors, not a direct partner of Cisco. 

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AR
Network Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The solution allows us to replace the existing routers and to remove the costly MPLS.

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NP
Network Analyst at a real estate/law firm with 1-10 employees

We use this solution for our web gateway, VPN, and access control.

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ED
Director de Arquitecturas at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

We primarily use the solution for data centers with several providers. We also use the solution for branch offices. We have used it on 20 branch offices in one instance and the other instance has about 90 remote sites.

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Sales Engineer at Logicom

The solution allows us to manage a network or manage policies and goals from the cloud. 

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Architect IT-systemen at Cegeka

We use Cisco SD-WAN for a VPN, and we create the DNS in Fortinet. We have used this solution for data centers and failover tests for disaster recovery.

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SK
Executive Director at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees

We are a solution provider and this is one of the products that we implement for our clients. the primary use case is interconnecting offices.

The main functionality includes a secure firewall, cloud access security broker (CASB), and zero-trust configuration.

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Network Security Associate at VPS

We have deployed Cisco Meraki devices at 107 locations to connect with the cloud for centralized management. We are using MX68, MS120, and MR33.

We are currently also considering Cisco Meraki for another project for implementation at 28 locations. We have a team of three members looking into different solutions and vendors. We're looking into the firewall, SD-WAN, and email certificate.

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AN
Technical Architect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

Our retail clients use this solution to connect their branches.

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Owner at SCO`Scope Consulting Private Limited

There are a few use cases. We work, for example, with a telecom that provides end solutions to end users across different countries.

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SZ
Team Lead Network Infrastructure at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

We are a solution provider and Cisco SD-WAN is one of the products that we implement for our customers. I am a system integrator.

We use this product for zero-disk provisioning at branch offices. The controllers are at a central location and are used to manage the branches.

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DK
Senior Global Product Manager at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

Our primary use case is providing the servicing of this solution globally. Cisco is an experienced vendor, which is the main reason we chose this solution.

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DH
Head of IT Network Division at Panorinformatika

When I was working at BT Telecom, we used Cisco SD-WAN for IP telephony.

In my current position in this company, we use this solution to classify network traffic and send the IP packets to the appropriate link.

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AG
Cisco Systems at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees

We use it to manage hospitals and clinics in my country.

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MZ
Sr. Network Engineer Consulting Services at a consumer goods company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Here in Pakistan, there are few deployments of Cisco SD-WAN. We are trying to push Cisco to our clients. But the issue is that the prices of the competitors are too high. So it's very difficult to capture the market here in Pakistan. As you know, practice in Pakistan, the market is under development and Pakistan is a developing country and they are looking for a cheap solution at a price to achieve in terms of price comparison with other windows.

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Engineer, Enterprise Products at a comms service provider with 5,001-10,000 employees

We are a service provider and we plan to provide a managed service to our customers using this product.

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SQ
Head IT Operations at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

I primarily use this solution for remote connectivity.

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YY
Junior Solution Architect at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

I have a partner in a manufacturing company that wants to reduce the use of the MPLS when using the internet. I proposed they use Meraki for the SD-WAN hub and since they only wanted to use a few WAN links I suggested the Cisco SD-WAN for their domain, main protection, and the internet for the backup of all the transitions that do not need critical time.

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