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Cisco accelerates secure cloud adoption with launch of new WAN Edge Platform

Cisco accelerates secure cloud adoption with launch of new WAN Edge Platform

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Networking giant Cisco has announced its new Wide Area Networking (WAN) edge platform to help customers accelerate cloud adoption and deliver secure and automated connectivity to applications across cloud, data centre and Edge.

A foundational piece of Cisco’s intent-based networking portfolio, the Catalyst 8000 Edge family provides customers with an innovative and high-performance routing platform. Through built-in analytics, the new platform delivers greater visibility into network or application problems and drives informed decisions to optimise user experiences.

As organisations accelerate their adoption of cloud and place more computing power at the Edge to run a wider range of applications and improve performance, IT teams are faced with increased complexity, less control and visibility over the applications running on their networks.

“With the proliferation of applications, workloads and services becoming more distributed across the edge-cloud continuum, organisations are facing new realities at the WAN Edge,” said JL Valente, Vice President, Product Management for Cisco’s Intent-Based Networking Group. “In building secure multi-cloud access architectures, IT organisations need the agility to change course and scale quickly along with the needs of business. The Cisco Catalyst 8000 Edge Platform bridges the WAN Edge and the cloud Edge, providing secure, high-performance connectivity for distributed users to any cloud while delivering IT visibility and business agility.”

The new platform allows customers to adopt cloud solutions at their own pace. For those looking to adopt a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) architecture, Cisco SD-WAN converges cloud-managed SD-WAN and cloud-delivered security into one solution. For customers requiring an on-premises solution, full-stack SD-WAN security is supported.

The Catalyst 8300 Series Edge Platform is made to handle Edge connectivity at branch sites, offering modular access with a diverse set of connectivity choices for customers to deliver services on-demand to quickly adapt to changing business requirements. It also provides customers with up to four times better SD-WAN service performance than the current Cisco Integrated Services Routers (ISRs).

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