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iWANT CGX Challenge – “No APIs and CLI still – WHY? What’s the whole point of doing this? Defeats the purpose of SD-WAN”

suffolkThe CloudGenix iWANT CloudGenix Challenge was on the road again, this time in Virginia. The CloudGenix vs Cisco iWAN bake-off took place in Suffolk with four IT professionals from the healthcare industry. With IoT gaining traction in the healthcare industry, many of the company’s applications were cloud-based. They also had several custom applications running in their hospitals, some of which were time sensitive. It was the perfect stage for CloudGenix to showcase its solution.

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.

All four of them were increasingly annoyed by Cisco’s iWAN. “When you have different pieces for a single solution, you are bound to have so many hiccups.” Another one added “No API’s and CLI still – WHY? If you can’t do much using APIC-EM and have to go to CLI to do half the stuff, then what’s the whole point of doing this?” As he struggled to configure applications on the iWAN, he expressed his frustration again. “No active-active? Defeats the purpose of SD-WAN!”

As they ran the challenge on CloudGenix’s solution, they were amazed at the speed with which they had finished configuring the branch and remote offices. “CloudGenix dynamically selects the best path without me having to configure lines of CLI for PBR, PFR, ACLs and NBAR” said one of them as they changed some application policies. While exploring our extensive analytics offering, he continued “There is so much information here.. makes troubleshooting much more easier.”

The Results

CloudGenix emerged as the clear winner. They were very pleased that CloudGenix can support their custom applications and also lets the user control application path, while providing an active-active SD-WAN. 

Sic semper tyrannis it was! If you want to take the challenge yourself, just email IWANT@cloudgenix.com.