Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
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What is your primary use case for Cisco SD-WAN?

How do you or your organization use this solution?

Please share with us so that your peers can learn from your experiences.

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42 Answers
VENKATESHREDDY - PeerSpot reviewer
Associate IT Director at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5
Oct 10, 2022

We replaced all our legacy routers with Cisco SD-WAN. The number one use case is more to do with network management, better policy integration, and keeping the policies consistent across all our locations. That was one of the major areas where we thought SD-WAN has reduced a lot of burdens so that the engineer can focus on actual issues. We were doing a lot of policy-based routing earlier for our hub and spoke topology. With SD-WAN, the hub and spoke, of course, stays. However, manageability, scalability, and ROI are the three major factors with which it has helped a lot. We could eliminate most of our expensive MPLS links, move them, do the local internet breakouts, and integrate with the NGFW firewalls. These were an added benefit to us. It was a tectonic shift. Right now, we are not spending as much on resources or engineers to keep the lights on.

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Farhan-Mohamed - PeerSpot reviewer
Lead Solutions Architect at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Top 10
Aug 3, 2022

Our use cases are mostly focused on the application side and any kind of cloud breakout, like local breakout clouds.

Consultant Engineer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5
Aug 1, 2022

Some of my customers are replacing their legacy solutions with Cisco SD-WAN.

GulfrazAhmad - PeerSpot reviewer
Division Head Enterprise Infrastructure (SVP) at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
Jun 21, 2022

Cisco SD-WAN is primarily used in the banking industry in Pakistan for bandwidth development and application control.

Suresh Vijayen - PeerSpot reviewer
Product Manager at IX Telecom
Top 5
May 16, 2022

We primarily use the solution for connectivity.

Magdy Raafat - PeerSpot reviewer
Presales Consultant at Orange Business Services
Top 10
Apr 5, 2022

The purpose of this solution is mainly for migration from the LAN circuit to the internet using a secure edge SD-WAN for communication. We are using the latest version of this solution. The solution is deployed on-premises and on the cloud. This solution is mainly used in the pre-sales department, and then it's implemented by the implementation team.

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Kishlay Choudhary - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Support Engineer at Team Computers
Real User
Top 10
Apr 5, 2022

I am using Cisco SD-WAN for access to the internet.

TEDDY LLANO - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Lead at Yssy
Top 5Leaderboard
Mar 16, 2022

We are using Cisco SD-WAN in the public sector and it is deployed in a hybrid infrastructure.

Executive - Coastal Operations at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Mar 15, 2022

Cisco SD-WAN is used to establish a wide area network, a WAN for LAN, WiFi, and support.

Network Solutions Architect at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Feb 6, 2022

We are a solution provider and SD-WAN, Cisco's software-defined wide area network, is one of the products that we work with. At this point, only one of our clients has implemented this solution. They are a bank that has redundant links in their branches.

fdiazm - PeerSpot reviewer
Product Manager at Entel Chile
Real User
Top 5
Feb 4, 2022

This technology, in my experience, has a better adoption in companies where the concern for security in platform issues and data privacy is high. The reason for this is the data is protected with encryption systems, and that functionality is audited to meet certain standards. This is in the context of SaaS because that is where I want to take customers. My option is the cloud with pay-per-use and better cost conditions. Also, companies with large IT departments and a high number of engineers have many reasons to use it.

Consulting & Solution Integration at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
Dec 16, 2021

Cisco SD-WAN is predominantly used for the zero-touch deployment, centralized dashboards, and live monitoring of tunnels and the links. It's also used for software image management. This solution is deployed on the cloud.

fdiazm - PeerSpot reviewer
Product Manager at Entel Chile
Real User
Top 5
Sep 29, 2021

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.

Vice President Of Services at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5
Aug 26, 2021

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

Head of IT Network Division at Panorinformatika
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Jun 3, 2021

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.

Technical Architect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
May 27, 2021

Our retail clients use this solution to connect their branches.

Managing Partner at a consultancy with 11-50 employees
Top 20
May 15, 2021

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.

Cisco Systems at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
Top 5
May 11, 2021

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

Arturo Sierra - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Engineer at Totalplay
Real User
Top 10
Feb 11, 2021

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

Malith Chandrasekara - PeerSpot reviewer
Head of Enterprise Business at VSIS
Real User
Top 5
Feb 3, 2021

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.

Director de Arquitecturas at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Real User
Jan 23, 2021

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.

Senior Global Product Manager at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
Jan 6, 2021

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.

Network Operations Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Nov 16, 2020

Normally, you use it for the internet connection.

Telecom and Collaboration Manager at a construction company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Nov 3, 2020

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.

Executive Director at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Oct 20, 2020

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.

Tharanga SKP - PeerSpot reviewer
Engineer, Enterprise Products at a comms service provider with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Oct 11, 2020

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

JeroenDe Jonge - PeerSpot reviewer
Architect IT-systemen at Cegeka
Oct 11, 2020

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.

Executive Vice President Operations and IT at Sterling National Bank
Real User
Sep 23, 2020

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.

Pre-sales Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Sep 23, 2020

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.

it_user1232472 - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Security Associate at VPS
Real User
Sep 3, 2020

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.

Steve Roy - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director, Network Engineering at IntraLinks
Real User
Mar 24, 2020

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.

Network Analyst at a real estate/law firm with 1-10 employees
Real User
Mar 16, 2020

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

Network Analyst at a real estate/law firm with 1-10 employees
Real User
Mar 16, 2020

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.

Pavan Kumar Mateti - PeerSpot reviewer
Owner at SCO`Scope Consulting Private Limited
Real User
Mar 16, 2020

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

Majid Yousuf - PeerSpot reviewer
Sales Engineer at Logicom
Top 5
Mar 16, 2020

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

Solution Director at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Mar 5, 2020

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.

Sr. Network Engineer Consulting Services at a consumer goods company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Mar 5, 2020

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.

System Engineer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Real User
Feb 23, 2020

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.

Solution Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Feb 5, 2020

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.

Pre-sales consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Feb 2, 2020

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.

Data Center Engineer at Emerging Communications Limited
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Jan 9, 2020

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.

Head IT Operations at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Real User
Jan 7, 2020

I primarily use this solution for remote connectivity.

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