Cisco is making the edge more accessible by integrating Megaport’s virtual edge with Cisco’s SD-WAN Cloud Interconnect. In a blogpost, Jean-Luc Valente, VP of product management, enterprise routing and SD-WAN at Cisco, said that this partnership will enable Cisco SD-WAN customers to use Cisco’s vManage SD-WAN controller to connect to their multi-cloud deployments.
Megaport noted that by using its virtual edge, Cisco SD-WAN customers can more easily host network functions like virtual routers and SD-WAN controllers on Megaport’s platform. The virtual edge also brings any network functions closer to the edge without having to deploy more hardware.
Megaport’s virtual edge is available in 11 metro areas across North America, the Asia-Pacific, and Europe. The company said that 10 more locations are expected to be available at the end of April.
Megaport added that by combining its virtual edge with Cisco’s SD-WAN Cloud Interconnect, customers will be able to lower their cloud egress costs to cloud on-ramps, reduce jitter and latency, and enable real-time provisioning of virtual network infrastructure. In addition, the collaboration gives Cisco’s SD-WAN customers access to Megaport’s existing backbone, which reaches more than 220 cloud on-ramps in 24 countries.
This isn’t the first partnership between Cisco and Megaport. Last August the two companies announced that Cisco’s Viptela SD-WAN would be available on Megaport’s virtual edge.
Megaport connects to more than 200 cloud interconnect points across leading hyperscalers including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google, Oracle, IBM, SAP, and Alibaba. Megaport has more than 360 IT service providers within its ecosystem and connects to more than 700 data centers.