SD-WAN Simplified

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The WAN Evolution Has Begun

By 2021, more than 65% of WAN refresh initiatives will be based on Software-Defined WAN.1

Are You Ready? Read Gartner's Strategic Roadmap  

How will SD-WAN
benefit my company?

SD-WAN has proven benefits to support digital transformation initiatives occurring throughout every industry:

  • Cost—Organizations are able to significantly reduce telecommunication and internet service costs
  • Application Performance—Achieve efficient and effective application management across the entire enterprise WAN infrastructure
  • Business Agility—IT and business managers can deploy internet-based connectivity easily, quickly, and securely
  • Reliable Connectivity—Dynamic and intelligent traffic routing improves efficiency and reduces downtime

What are the risks of
deploying SD-WAN?

There are inherent challenges with adopting any new WAN solution. For SD-WAN, the risks that will impact critical business process include:

  • Decreased Visibility—Vendor specific solutions limit visibility across devices, domains, and architectures 
  • Increased MTTR—Dynamic routing can impact the ability to identify and mitigate performance issues
  • Management Complexity—A hybrid approach to your WAN infrastructure increases the variety and complexity of performance issues
  • Adoption Risks—Unless properly planned and managed, the inherent risks of migration can delay time to value

The Biggest SD-WAN Challenge?:

Achieving a successful deployment without compromising user experience or straining IT resources.

 

How Do I Overcome This Challenge?: The Plan for SD-WAN  

 

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2018 Strategic Roadmap for Networking1

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The Network Lifecycle:
A Clear Migration Path

By following these steps organizations can prevent productivity- and schedule-killing missteps, and accelerate the detection, troubleshooting, and resolution of problems during their migration:

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Plan Your SD-WAN Service Roll-out

Watch the video to see how LiveNX is used as part of a migration plan by first base-lining application and network utilization, performance, and traffic mix.

  • Discover Your Network Inventory
    Establish the number and type of network elements, applications and users. In many cases, the existing inventory will be dated or incomplete, due diligence is required for the success of the project.
  • Baseline Network and Application Performance
    Reviewing network utilization and traffic mix for the past few quarters establishes the minimum performance requirements of the new network. After roll-out, you will be able to compare the baseline to the production network to evaluate improved or degraded performance.
  • Identify Pilot Site for Deployment
    Determine which sites support a representative mix of applications and traffic. For example, if the organization runs Skype, VoIP, or Cisco Unified Communications, the pilot sites would run a mix of these technologies to assure the test is relevant to normal conditions.

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Verify Your SD-WAN Service

Watch the video to see how LiveNX is used to monitor applications to ensure that performance targets are met, and identify performance-degrading events and resolve them.

  • Verify Policy Intent
    Ensure that business applications are given the paths and traffic prioritization as intended by initial policy configuration.
  • Monitor Application Performance
    Identify performance metrics and routing loops for quick diagnosis and correction. Monitor the impact of path changes to identify needed configuration adjustments.
  • Verify Service Level Agreements
    During the definition of configuration policies, it is common to mark latency- and jitter- sensitive traffic as expedited forwarding (EF). If the traffic is mistakenly re-marked as best effort (BE) at the service provider edge, voice and video application performance will be degraded.

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Run Your SD-WAN Service 

Watch the video to see how LiveNX can be used during day-to-day operations, to focus on continual improvements and best practices to optimize the end-to-end environment.

  • Continuous Site, Application, and End-user Experience Monitoring
    Perform on-going characterization of network utilization, traffic patterns, thresholds, alarms and other metrics to further optimize network performance.
  • On-going Path Analysis
    Utilize path analytics of policy changes at scale to understand the impact of application path switching in a dynamic WAN environment.
  • WAN Capacity Planning and Management
    Verify service provider performance to ensure bandwidth, SLA class handling, latency, jitter, and packet loss thresholds are met.

The Bottom Line

A successful migration to SD-WAN is not just measured by technical achievements. Ultimately, it's critical to keep in mind what the business objectives are to guide your roll-out plan and capability requirements.
These are the critical metrics our customers have defined as their success criteria.

Critical Metric

Uptime

Avoid bandwidth depletion by baselining performance thresholds and setting alerts to notify your team when additional capacity is needed to avoid downtime.

Critical Metric

OpEx and CapEx

Utilize automation to eliminate the time and effort associated with manual configuration and maintenance.

Critical Metric

Productivity

Deep visibility across your deployment and infrastructure can help to quickly identify the location and nature of performance issues and allow IT staff to respond instantly.

Critical Metric

Time to Value

The ability to identify root causes of configuration and inter-operability issues rapidly to cut SD-WAN roll-out time and costs by up to 70 percent.

NetApp Reduced Costs 70%

Deploying LiveAction's LiveNX solution achieves real-time visibility into their Cisco deployment.
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Why LiveNX for Your SD-WAN Deployment?

LiveNX—the network performance and analytics platform to monitor, manage, troubleshoot and resolve Software-Defined WAN issues in real time.

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  • It’s purpose-built for network pros like you
    Designed to work the way network engineers think about their network, LiveNX makes network data meaningful and actionable. We make it easy to see, know, and understand what is happening in your network, past, present, future.
  • It’s future-ready—now
    SD-WAN, machine learning, visual analytics, 3 click troubleshooting, open APIs, multi-vendor, and multi-domain are just a few examples of the innovation the LiveNX solution is providing today.
  • It delivers value on day one
    Budgets are tight. Getting your deployment to deliver value as soon as possible is critical. LiveNX users have cut SD-WAN rollout time by up to 70 percent, experienced a 5x increase in bandwidth efficiency, and cut costs by 70 percent.

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LiveNX Capabilities

Proven to successfully address the entire SD-WAN lifecycle

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Visual

In an environment where the cost of downtime is measured in thousands of dollars per minute, rapid notification, troubleshooting and resolution is not optional—it is essential.

Analytical

Big-data level analysis and correlation of events, both in real-time for rapid response, and historical archives pinpoint the moment an issue occurred and the cause.

Proactive

Alerts are sent upon events matching desired criteria. By throttling notifications from raw alerts into less frequent, more meaningful, information it reduces noise from flapping alerts.

Cloud-aware

Capture network metadata across the entire topology, including the edge and the cloud, to see all devices and actively monitor the entire network.

Internet Scale

Digital transformation in the Enterprise requires scalability. LiveNX scales to manage tens of thousands of devices and process millions of records per second per node, and captures this non-aggregated traffic for historical and forensic analysis.

Multi-vendor

LiveNX gathers real-time data from both multi-vendor network elements as well as Cisco-specific REST APIs (DNA Center, vManage BFD (Bidirectional Forward Detection)) and AppId (Application Identification to provide accurate visual analytics.

Multi-domain

SD-WAN is just one of the use-cases of the LiveNX Network Performance Management solution. The ability to provide visibility into WAN and campus environments makes LiveNX ideal when incorporating SD-WAN into your current environment. 

Multi-solution

Whether you're migrating from a traditional WAN/Hybrid-WAN environment, or have previously adopted Cisco IWAN or Viptela, LiveNX visualizes all of these environments to assist with migration from beginning to end.

 

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Our web-based Test Drive is installed in our lab environment - no download required. You'll get immediate access to our real-time and continuous insight of network traffic based on application and user level activity.

 

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