Orange Business Services, Cisco Partner to Power Next Generation SD-LANs

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Orange Business Services and Cisco announced that they will work with customers to develop SD-LAN solutions in its Open Labs program.

The Orange Open Labs provide a global mix of physical and virtual resources for innovation and development. This helps companies explore their future connectivity and performance possibilities in a safe and secure environment. The benefit of hands-on experience is clear, with 80 percent of enterprises utilizing the Open Lab for an SD-WAN proof of concept (PoC) moving on to roll-out SD-WAN pilots with Orange Business Services.

For campus Wi-Fi networks, SD-LAN addresses problematic deployment and visibility issues. It can effectively monitor services, access and usage on networks, and anticipate any essential upgrades to deal with the demands of wireless users. SD-LAN provides highly secure identity-driven access, defining the users, things and devices that can access the network. Access can be granted or revoked at a granular level such as setting up guest Wi-Fi groups, for example.

With IoT and the forecasted enormous number of connected devices, identifying devices and usage will be paramount. SD-LAN allows for segmentation based on the connected device, making it easy to segment groups, departments and the like. This enhances security, performance and device priority access management.

Sachin Gupta, SVP, Product Management, Enterprise Networking, Cisco
Building on our collaboration with Orange around Intent-based Networking, we are now expanding from SD-WAN to SD-LAN, delivering multi domain segmentation, automation and analytics.

Pierre-Louis Biaggi, VP, Connectivity Solutions, Orange Business Services
Leveraging our proven success with Flexible SD-WAN, we aim to create an end-to-end networking journey in an optimized, adaptable enterprise network environment.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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