Cisco announced the close of its acquisition of Viptela [for $610M], a privately held company based in San Jose, CA that delivers a cloud-first, software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) solution.
In June, Cisco announced it is rewriting the enterprise networking blueprint with a new generation of intent-based networking solutions. Viptela’s software-driven, cloud-first architecture for the WAN fits well with Cisco’s Digital Network Architecture (DNA) building on its automation, virtualization and analytics capabilities. Viptela’s offering complements Cisco’s on-premises routing platform with a cloud-centric approach to control management and orchestration, making it easy for our customers to deploy and manage the WAN. Viptela also supports Cisco’s strategic transition toward cloud and software-centric solutions that deliver predictable recurring revenue.
Cisco will commit significant engineering resources to bring next-generation SD-WAN solutions to market. For customers and partners that require pure play enterprise grade SD-WAN, cloud networking and WAN network-as-a-service functionality, Cisco’s SD-WAN solution based on Viptela will be the preferred solution.