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iWANT CGX Challenge – “Don’t view iWAN of any significance in the SD-WAN space”

qep-photoThe iWANT CloudGenix Challenge roadshow was about to paint the town of Denver, Colorado orange. Our challenge enthusiasts this time were Scott, Mike and Raza, network and infrastructure managers in the energy industry. Having a Cisco dominant setup, they were considering the Cisco iWAN as their SD-WAN solution. We were there to see if we could change their perspective.

The Challenge

The Challenge consisted of the following use cases, tested by the customer on the Cisco iWan followed by CloudGenix ION products:

  1. Set up and configure an SD-WAN including remote offices and data centers. Ensure that multiple forms of connectivity, such as Internet broadband and MPLS are used in active-active mode.
  2. Enable direct-to-Internet selectively for cloud-based applications (Office 365, SFDC.com, Box, etc.) with performance-based load-balancing across other paths.
  3. Monitor network SLA and application SLA.

Scott, Mike and Raza were all exicted to start off with Cisco iWAN, but their excitement soon turned to disappointment as they struggled to understand the multitude of steps required to achieve the simple task of setting up a site. They were appalled when they saw iWAN was using EEM to push down CLI commands to configure the routers. “Having a Cisco dominant infrastructure, we thought iWAN would be the natural progression for us towards SD-WAN. However, I don’t view Cisco iWAN as magic quadrant worthy or of any significance in this space,” said Raza with disappointment. All three of them realized that Cisco iWAN wasn’t software defined.

It was time for them to see what was possible with true SD-WAN and get them in a better mood – we were about to use CloudGenix ION to achieve what they failed to do with Cisco iWAN.

The Results

The team was all smiles. With the ease with which they were able to complete all three challenges, it wasn’t a surprise to us that they had a whole new perspective on how to go about their SD-WAN transition. “CloudGenix’s GUI is really easy to manage and navigate. The analytics looks really good, especially the application response time chart,” said Scott as Raza and Mike agreed in unison.

The picture says it all. Another happy customer and a successful challenge. Email IWANT@cloudgenix.com if you want to schedule a challenge of your own.