What is the difference between SD-WAN and iWAN?
Software-based broadband, or SD-WAN for short, is a special type of software-based networking technology used in WANs to network large organizations (including offices and data centers) Connect to each other at wide geographical distances.
Smart Broadband, or iWAN for short, is the name of Cisco’s SD-WAN product, which is made by existing Cisco products. Cisco iWAN provides traffic control and security features of an extensive network integrated with routers of Cisco branch offices. Cisco says the iWAN product offers MPLS VPN- like capabilities such as quality of service, WAN optimization and secure tunneling.
Some Cisco customers have implemented iWAN as their SD-WAN solution. These customers include Verizon, British Telecom, Orange Business Services, Vodafone, Telstra and SFR. Verizon, which launched Cisco iWAN SD-WAN in 2015, says it uses iWAN to create a platform that allows its corporate customers to use intelligent path control to select alternative network connections. This will reduce their operating costs.
The use of SD-WAN as a solution to reduce the number of physical devices needed to support various applications as well as reduce the cost of maintaining technology deployed in different sectors has been welcomed by large companies.
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