Cisco introduced Webex SD-WAN Cloud OnRamp support to allow customers to prioritize and secure collaboration software traffic.
Cisco introduces integration this week, saying it would allow IT departments to automatically segment SaaS application traffic away from general internet traffic and route it through more secure and higher quality connection paths.
Cloud OnRamp is an extension of Cisco SD-WAN designed to simplify and automate how customers can use it to connect their on-premises environments to the cloud. It also includes security features such as intrusion detection/prevention, application-aware firewalls, URL filtering, AMP Threat Grid, and network services such as load balancing.
Webex integration with Cloud OnRamp assists IT by unifying the management of all its supported applications. IT departments can manage Webex or any other supported application as if it resided in their data center.
Including Webex, Cloud OnRamp supports 14 cloud platforms and SaaS applications: Microsoft 365, Amazon Web Services, Google apps, Salesforce, Dropbox, SAP Concur, Intuit, Box, Oracle, Zendesk, Zoho, SugarCRM, GoToMeeting and Webex.
What makes Webex unique from other supported platforms is that it is the first Cisco SaaS application added to Cloud OnRamp. Raj Gulani, Cisco’s senior director of product management for SD-WAN, said the timing was part of a natural progression for Cloud OnRamp.
When Cisco launched the service, the company focused on enabling SD-WAN connectivity for cloud environments. Once Cisco accomplished that, the company focused on security, then multicloud. Now that Cloud OnRamp can handle a multicloud environment, it’s time to focus on application performance and SaaS optimization, Gulani said.
The next phase of Cloud OnRamp is automation and observability, he said. “[After that,] I can give you line of sight, observability for different aspects of the stack.”
According to IDC analyst Brad Casemore, owning most of the stack (hardware, SD-WAN, and cloud connectivity) will make it easier for Cisco to develop SD-WAN automation that keeps pace with applications. agile and flexible clouds it supports.
“[Cisco is] move to a greater degree of automation across their entire portfolio,” he said. “It’s taken a while for network operators, the actual users of the network, to get comfortable with automation, but we’ve reached a point where it’s absolutely essential.
Customers using SD-WAN Cloud OnRamp can use WebEx support at no additional cost.
Madelaine Millar is a news writer covering networking technology at TechTarget. She has previously written about science and technology for MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory and the Khoury College of Computer Science, as well as community news coverage for Boston Globe Media.