In the wake of Cisco’s recent $610 million acquisition of SD-WAN start-up Viptela, thousands of existing Cisco ISR router customers face a difficult choice on where to go from here. The addition of Viptela alongside Meraki and iWAN brings the total number of Cisco SD-WAN offerings to three. This sends a clear message that the time for SD-WAN adoption has arrived, what’s less clear is whether any of Cisco’s offering can fulfill the true promise of SD-WAN.
Cisco ISR routers represent a dominant share of the enterprise network market, but now even Cisco seems to consider ISR routers as a legacy product line. This means thousands of CIOs are awakening to a new reality where the bedrock of their WAN infrastructure is more-or-less obsolete. To remain competitive in the cloud-driven world, Cisco customers must rethink their fundamental WAN strategy and create a game plan for SD-WAN.