TouchTone Cisco® Meraki® SD-WAN integrates software-defined networking, secure VPN capabilities and sophisticated firewall to efficiently and cost effectively transit data, video and voice across multiple locations. Decisions about how traffic can route between all the sites in the WAN is defined by policy, and its behavior adapts to the condition of the WAN as opposed to having a fixed configuration.
Rather than treating each location separately, SD-WAN combines them into one virtual network. It allows network administrators to set up dynamic policies in accordance with business rules and directs traffic over the best path based upon priority, security requirements, and the availability of network connections. Routing of traffic can failover to another link automatically and dynamically to meet the varying demands on capacity and application performance, and without incurring any additional network operating costs.
SD-WAN increases application performance which results in an improved user experience, increased business productivity, and reduced IT costs. TouchTone manages the various connectivity circuits and carriers that make up your SD-WAN solution. Our engineers incorporate the best connectivity options, across your network, to support your specific needs and requirements.
The transition to SD-WAN is easier than you might expect because many SD-WAN devices can be installed without removing the existing network equipment. Also, the learning curve is shorter than for traditional WAN administration tools because SD-WAN is managed from a central console using a modern, graphical user interface.
Yes. TouchTone SD-WAN utilizes the Cisco® Meraki® device which replaces your existing firewall. Cisco® Meraki® SD-WAN combines the layer 7-based application detection that comes as standard across the entire Meraki stack to achieve this in a more succinct fashion. And since the MX is 100% cloud managed, installation and remote management are simple. The MX has a comprehensive suite of network services, eliminating the need for multiple appliances. These services include SD-WAN capabilities, application-based firewall, content filtering, web search filtering, SNORT® based intrusion detection and prevention, Cisco® Advanced Malware Protection (AMP), web caching, 4G cellular failover and more. Auto VPN and SD-WAN features are available on Meraki hardware and virtual appliances, configurable in Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure.
Unlike many of the other SD-WAN providers, Meraki’s approach does not separate the hardware and bandwidth into separate components. Meraki takes the more traditional hardware approach and bases the hardware into categories based on number of client devices. For up to 50 client devices, Cisco® recommends the MX64/65 or MX 67/68. For 51-200 the MX84, 201-500 the MX100, 501-2000 the MX250 and for 2001-10,000 the MX450. Your TouchTone Data Specialist will make a recommendation based on your requirements.
Failover in traditional WANs is completely dependent upon the state of the link (up/down). Routers simply route traffic based on TCP/IP addresses and Access Control Lists. Configurations are housed locally on each individual router and new policies must be managed on a per-device basis and require a touch of each individual device as policies change.
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