back to article Magic million: That's how many Cisco routers can now run SD-WAN

Cisco has made the next move in its integration of 2017 acquisition Viptela, prepping an SD-WAN upgrade it is going to ship to a million routers. Readers may recall that Viptela was founded by ex-Cisco executives, and was acquired by Switchzilla in May 2017 for $610m (somewhat under its peak valuation at $900m). Cisco is now …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    SDN/NFV finally can match network from 2000?

    "Oswal said, for example, that putting the WAN under software control means a branch user's traffic can be sent directly from user to an SaaS application, without having to traverse the head office network."

    Good to know that they finally support running a split-tunnel scenario. That's only been around for ages.


  2. outnumbered

    There have been any number of allegedly "smart" or "simple" admin solutions developed by Cisco for IOS over the years, but EVERYONE still uses their own homebrewed scripts and CLI scraping, right ?

    Even if the Viptela stuff is actually any good, which it might be since Cisco didn't develop it, I'd bet that the integration with IOS is flaky as hell and incredibly constrained.

  3. skrampen

    ViPtela vs UberallesZilla

    assuming viptela and switchzilla are very close (now) - could this be any harm to nyc (even in the past)?

    ... not trumpeting anything here for sure....

    might VIPtela be an UBERswitchzilla?

    more questions than before

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Looks good but in typical Cisco form it ain't cheap

    A Government organisation I am working with was looking at this very scenario recently with the same hardware and software. One of the biggest hurdles was the cost - we were considering ISR1100's for the smaller offices since we didn't need anything more. All looked good till we saw the SDWAN 100M license for these units - it was 5x the price of the chassis! Suddenly our small offices were going to cost $3k per user to connect up.

    The license cost for the head end ASR1k is equally mindbending ;-)

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