Cisco and Equinix partner on SD-WAN, global connectivity

Enterprises face problems with low-quality connectivity over the public internet across different geographical regions. (Getty Images)

Equinix has more than 220 colocation data centers across 26 countries that are connected with Equinix Fabric. And Cisco has a software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) technology. Together they have launched Cisco’s SD-WAN Cloud Interconnect with Equinix. 

The product provides automated connectivity to the big public clouds as well as enterprise-to-enterprise connectivity via Equinix’s points of presence (PoPs) around the globe. 

The companies say the benefit of their collaboration is that customers can manage their Cisco SD-WAN gateways along with connectivity across the globe — all from a single portal. 

Cisco and Equinix customers can take advantage of the companies’ co-engineering effort via Cisco’s SD-WAN controller, vManage. Joint customers can deploy virtual network function (VNF) devices, such as Cisco Cloud Services Routers (CSR 1000V), at Equinix locations. Cisco SD-WAN Cloud Interconnect will configure these VNF devices, then dynamically set up Equinix Fabric interconnections.

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Cisco says that enterprises face problems with low-quality connectivity over the public internet across different geographical regions, and they don’t have the ability to perform proper application-aware routing across multiple clouds and providers. Cisco and Equinix say their new joint product solves these problems.

The companies also cite these additional benefits:

  • The creation of on-demand network connections in minutes, rather than manually creating individual connections;
  • A normalized experience where Cisco and Equinix provide portal-driven automated workflows to connect to any cloud and any carrier;
  • Centralized visibility via Cisco SD-WAN multi-cloud monitoring;
  • Highly available global network: Equinix Fabric provides a globally available private backbone with 99.999% uptime SLA;
  • Automation flows to connect branches and users to one another and cloud resources;
  • Integrated support with Cisco and Equinix working together to support customers;
  • The ability to activate cloud redundancy (dual link and dual router) and implement active/active network redundancy.