Tata Communications and Cisco launch managed cloud SD-WAN solution

17 May 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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Tata Communications and Cisco have extended their partnership to allow enterprises to transform their legacy network to a customised and secure multi-cloud native hybrid network.

Together, Tata Communications’ cloud enablement platform and Cisco’s SD-WAN creates a fully-managed, global solution that gives businesses greater control of their digital infrastructure as well as the ability securely any user to any application location and provide the assurance of application performance needed to support successful digital transformation.

“We want our customers to be able to harness the power of the Internet and the cloud to transform how they operate, but without jeopardising security or performance,” said Song Toh, vice president of global network services, Tata Communications. “With our new SD-WAN solution powered by Cisco, we offer a fully managed hybrid network service that’s fit for your digital business. It’s a resilient cloud-ready network-as-a-service, which can grow and scale as needed, while ensuring predictable and secure access to data and applications. It’s designed to give businesses agility and reduce the complexity of network transformation.”

Tata Communications’ cloud and hybrid networking capabilities are supported by the company’s global tier-1 Internet backbone and its partnerships with major cloud providers, including Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Alibaba. This means that through IZO SD-WAN, enterprises can offer their employees a secure and reliable user experience for and with cloud-based applications and on-premise applications in more than 150 countries.

“We are excited to partner with Tata Communications on our Cisco SD-WAN platform, which is a critical building block of our multi-cloud, multi-domain architecture,” said Vish Iyer, vice president of architectures APJC, Cisco. “Cisco SD-WAN is the point of intelligence in application-aware networking for multi-cloud adopted businesses. It can direct each application to the most appropriate transport to use in real-time and that application is free to reside in any cloud or on-premise location. This cloud-native architecture allows organisations to seamlessly transition and adopt cloud-hosted and assisted infrastructure to ultimately allow businesses to accelerate their transformation and innovation agenda.”

Cisco’s SD-WAN solution plays a pivotal role in the Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA). With Cisco’s DNA, enterprises are able to secure user, device and application policies across wired, wireless and wide area network. In addition, it assists organisations with securely managing multi-cloud and multi-domain environments, making it easier for enterprises to accelerate their digital transformation journey.

“Enterprises want SD-WAN’s many practical features to have a predictable and secure cloud applications experience, but they often run into unexpected challenges,” said Brian Washburn, practice leader of network transformation & cloud, Ovum. “Ovum recommends enterprises partner with an expert service provider to help with their network transformation. Tata Communications IZO SDWAN with Cisco now offers enterprises a fully integrated, managed SD WAN solution to help with the transition.”