Cisco announced its new WAN edge platform to help users accelerate cloud adoption and deliver secure and automated connectivity to applications across cloud, data center, and edge. The new Catalyst 8000 Edge family provides customers with an innovative and high-performance routing platform. With its built-in analytics, it delivers greater visibility into network or application problems and drives informed decisions. Cisco Catalyst 8000 Edge Platforms transform the WAN edge allowing customers to be agile with its automated and secure connectivity.
The Catalyst 8000 family:
- As a high-performance SD-WAN solution, the Catalyst 8500 Series Edge Platform is ideal for data center, colocation, and aggregation sites, and features the industry’s highest performing SD-WAN offering with integrated 40G and 100G Ethernet ports in a compact single rack unit form factor. It is powered by Cisco’s third-generation Quantum Flow Processor, a proprietary Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) built to provide high performance, pervasive security and rich network services.
- The Catalyst 8300 Series Edge Platform is made to handle edge connectivity at branch sites, offering modular access with a diverse set of connectivity choices for customers to deliver services on-demand to quickly adapt to changing business requirements. It also provides customers with up to four times better SD-WAN service performance than the current Cisco Integrated Services Routers (ISRs).
- The Catalyst 8000VEdge Software delivers all the same capabilities in software. It can be deployed in the cloud or virtualized on a platform such as Cisco’s 5000 Series Enterprise Network Compute System (ENCS).
JL Valente, Vice President, Product Management, Cisco’s Intent-Based Networking Group, said,
“With the proliferation of applications, workloads and services becoming more distributed across the edge-cloud continuum, organizations are facing new realities at the WAN edge. In building secure multicloud access architectures, IT organizations need the agility to change course and scale quickly along with the needs of business. The Cisco Catalyst 8000 Edge Platform bridges the WAN edge and the cloud edge, providing secure, high-performance connectivity for distributed users to any cloud while delivering IT visibility and business agility.”