It’s 2 PM on Friday and you get one of those calls from your director: “We must cut our networking expenses this quarter – finance is breathing down my neck! Also, IT just notified us that they’re in the middle of migrating to Microsoft Office 365 for Email and SharePoint. In fact, they’ve already moved several email accounts, and people are complaining of slowness. Support obviously thinks the network is the culprit. And that reminds me: our VP of Sales is still waiting for an answer why our Skype for Business video is frequently choppy. Can you please fix this? Have a great weekend…”
You understand what needs to be done, but not sure you have the tools to do it.
Your remote sites are now connected to the datacenter through a trusted, yet tiny MPLS link. Cloud apps and business video need lots more bandwidth, but increasing your MPLS capacity will cost a fortune. You’ve got to take advantage of the backup Internet link that has been sitting idle – even if it is less deterministic than MPLS. But it’s a challenge balancing app traffic when the nature of each app is so varied. Video, SharePoint, web, email, voice – their performance is not just a factor of L3 network characteristics! Also, now these apps can be in the data center, in the cloud, or move fluidly between the two. You’ll have to allow ‘direct to the cloud’ access, but it can’t mean a wholesale redesign of your entire WAN perimeter security!
The industry press suggests that there are solutions to these challenges – commonly referred to as “Software-Defined WAN” (SD-WAN). All you need to do is pick one, upgrade your WAN infrastructure and off you go. Can it really be that simple?
If the marketing from hardware networking vendors is to be believed, they have a bevy of SD-WAN offerings for you. Never mind how they uncomfortably dance around the irony of “hardware-based software-defined networks”. We bet Cisco already pitched how all this can be accomplished with legacy routers. You only need to rip and replace your branch routers to more expensive hardware, configure a potpourri of routing protocols, enable a plethora of “new” features like PfRv3, NBAR, NetFlow, QoS, DMVPN, NHRP, Performance monitor just to name a few; install Cisco APIC-EM, Prime, and other third party tools, and then hope that you haven’t played Russian roulette with your network. And with the six or more different SD-WAN initiatives Cisco has, you never know which of them is going to be shot down in a few months, leaving you stranded.
Now, we can tell you how CloudGenix SD-WAN is a fundamentally new approach to building the WAN. How the CloudGenix application-defined fabric eliminates the need for complex networking configurations, and for proprietary hardware. You specify your business and IT objectives, and your network just delivers – on security, performance, and compliance. But we thought rather than make claims, we’ll just show you – you be the judge!
We invite you to participate in the “iWANT CloudGenix Challenge” during Cisco Live in Las Vegas. Come and test-drive the solution yourself! And enjoy food, drinks and prizes while you’re at it.
The “iWANT CloudGenix Challenge” is a simple, 3-round match between CloudGenix and Cisco IWAN. Each round consists of real-world WAN management tasks. Tasks that will solve problems like the ones the director of networking dropped into his network admin lap at the beginning of this post. No more talk – you decide who is the industry’s most powerful SD-WAN!
Reserve your spot by registering below:
Date, Time and Location
Tuesday, July 12, 6:00-8:00 PM
Aureole Restaurant – Swan Court
Open bar and refreshments on us! Don’t miss the chance to meet with Packet Pushers’ Ethan Banks!
Everyone who attends will receive a cool t-shirt AND be entered to win a Drone with 4K Camera & Wi-FI HD Live View!