Cisco Viptela SDWAN Vs Cisco Meraki SDWAN

Cisco SDWAN Solutions
Cisco Viptela Vs Cisco Meraki 

You cannot escape WAN discussions today without mentioning SD-WANSD-WAN is a WAN that is defined by software, to put it simply. The data plane, control plane, and management plane are all clearly separated in a genuinely SD-WAN solution, and this separation allows for flexibility and horizontal expansion.

Since the definition of SD-WAN, data plane hardware (a low weight router, either physical or virtual) may be installed on-site while control and administration planes can be located remotely (on-premises or in the cloud).

Ultimately, it comes down to routing and switching, which have a huge variety of similar features and advantages, such as transport independence, effective utilization of existing pathways, quality of experience, etc.

In my opinion, the SD-WAN provider you should choose is the OEM that executes routing and switching best. But wait, you shouldn't compromise on security anyhow. What would happen, however, if a leader in routing, switching, and security, like Cisco, offered a variety of SD-WAN options?

Cisco Viptela SDWAN
Fig 1.1- Cisco Viptela SDWAN

The existence of two SD-WAN solutions with Cisco was not an accident; each solution has a defined roadmap and a specific target market. If you're having trouble deciding between two options, allow me to explain which one to pick:

Why to pick Cisco Viptela SDWAN solution ?

  • Customers that have already purchased routers from the Cisco ISR 4K series, Cisco ISR 8K series and Cisco ASRs.
  • End-to-end segmentation is required across on-premises and public cloud - each service side (LAN Side) subnet can be integrated into a VPN (VRF) and security implemented.
  • WAN architecture that is complex with more than two links available (MPLS, Internet, Point to Point, LTE, 4G/5G, Ethernet, VPLS); and furthermore
  • Like to use multiple logical topologies depending on the applications, such as mesh topology for voice traffic and hub and spoke topology for client-server application models.
  • The combination of granular packet inspection and analysis results in comprehensive reporting and network monitoring.
  • The Viptela system includes WAN optimization (WAAS). SaaS apps are ranked depending on the optimum path determined by Viptela algorithms (application-aware routing).
Why to pick Cisco Meraki SDWAN solution ?

  • A client has previously purchased certain Meraki Solutions (security, switching, IPT, or Surveillance)
  • A lean IT organization that uses a single dashboard for full stack management and easy purchasing
  • Given that this solution is largely deployed using security products, integrated threat management capabilities are required (MX Series)
  • Meraki may serve as the foundation of your network's UTM (Unified Threat Management).
  • In order to serve mission-critical and unified communication applications, security is built on Layer 7 application awareness, which enables IT teams to develop rules and polities for efficient local QoS (Quality of Service) applications.
Fig 1.2- Cisco Viptela vs Cisco Meraki SDWAN

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