Viptela is now part of Cisco.

In my previous blog, I highlighted some of the challenges and the need for transforming the legacy infrastructure due to transitions driven by Digitization, Cloud and IoT. I also highlighted the need for “virtualizing” the network infrastructure.

As a continuation, this blog highlights how Viptela Fabric helps customers move to an architecture that connects users to the applications by virtualizing and simplifying the WAN deployments. Viptela Fabric provides a highly intuitive, policy-driven solution that helps IT abstract network complexity and design for business intent.

Extend Your Network Footprint

Viptela has taken a fundamental grounds-up approach to building this virtual fabric. The fabric is built on top of time-tested and proven principles of networking but using a simplified delivery model. The fundamental principles of Viptela Fabric were built on the following constructs:

  • Software Defined:
    • True separation of control, data and management planes fully secure and automated end to end.
    • Integrated routing, security and policy for optimal connectivity
    • Full application awareness across all elements of the system
    • Built-in optimization techniques for network and applications
  • Cloud: Cloud hosted, managed and delivered architecture that can be consumed quickly and easily
  • Scale: Horizontal and vertical scale across the layers to cater to various types of connectivity requirements – today and in the future
  • Security: Ingrained authentication, encryption, segmentation, access controls & service chaining to provide the highest form of security
  • Open: Northbound access for automation and orchestration. Southbound integration for best-of-breed integration
  • Visibility and Analytics: visibility into Application as well as Network performance, historical visibility to forecasting all the way to providing pro-active recommendations on optimizing the network

The end-result was the Viptela Fabric which is a cloud-delivered, open, secure and scalable connecting users to applications across any transport either in the public, private or hybrid cloud. This solution allows customers to build a secure virtual IP fabric by elegantly combining routing, segmentation, security, policy, and orchestration. The resultant network is simple to manage and inherently secure, and provides any-to-any connectivity over IP or MPLS transport networks.

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Benefits of Viptela Fabric

  • Enables an enterprise or service provider to create an abstracted network on top of a physical network allowing for fine grained controls, the ability to dynamically insert and provision virtualized services and applications including the capability to run a large number of multi-tenant virtual networks without changing the underlying physical network or the infrastructure.
  • Extends the enterprise architecture beyond the branch to get the same consistent, overlay, policies and deployment models to the campus, data center and the cloud.
  • Deliver an optimal application experience to the end user regardless of the underlying transient network conditions or the location of the applications
  • Provides for centralized routing intelligence with clear separation of control, data and management planes enabling for ease of deployment, manageability, scale and segmentation
  • Provides for a true “zero trust” secure virtual fabric with business intent policies and control embedded at every hop
  • Provides a highly available, resilient fabric with end-to-end network segmentation and enforced network policies based on segments.
  • An analytics engine with feedback mechanisms built into the fabric that offers continuous and relevant information about the state of the network
  • Simplified and centralized orchestration, provisioning and automation at scale.

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Chandrodaya Prasad

Chandrodaya Prasad

Vice President Of Product Management at Viptela
12+ years of driving market share growth and delivering profit margin improvements for product and solution portfolios of $100M – $1B, managing products through full lifecycle. Throughout his product management career, Chandro has honed the art of capturing trends early to drive innovation and hold multiple patents in the areas of WAN, IoT, Internet & Cloud architectures.