Cisco, Google Cloud launch SD-WAN Cloud Hub

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Cisco and Google Cloud are partnering to develop an application-centric multicloud networking fabric called Cisco SD-WAN Cloud Hub with Google Cloud.

Hailed as an industry first, the automated solution will ensure that applications and enterprise networks will be able to share service-level agreement settings, security policy, and compliance data, to provide predictable application performance and consistent user experience.

“Cisco’s SD-WAN solution provides end-to-end automation, security, observability and application experience between users anywhere and a hybrid, multi-cloud environment,” said Sachin Gupta (pictured), SVP of product, intent-based networking group at Cisco.

“Cisco SD-WAN Cloud Hub will enable customers to seamlessly extend intent and policy to enterprise applications running natively in Google Cloud.”

Through the expanded partnership, both companies can support businesses embracing hybrid and multicloud strategies. The platform will also enable businesses to optimise application stacks by distributing application components to their best locations.

Network policies, such as segmentation, will follow network traffic across the boundary between the enterprise network and Google Cloud, for end-to-end control of security, performance, and quality of experience.

“Expansion of the Google-Cisco partnership represents a significant step forward for enterprises operating across hybrid and multi-cloud environments,” says Shailesh Shukla, vice president of products and general manager, networking at Google Cloud.

“By linking Cisco’s SD-WAN with Google Cloud’s global network and Anthos, we can jointly provide customers a unique solution that automates, secures and optimises the end to end network based on the application demands, simplifying hybrid deployments for enterprise organisations.”

In addition, Cisco SD-WAN can also proactively provide network insights to a distributed system, like Google Anthos, to ensure availability of applications.

And with Cisco SD-WAN Cloud Hub for Google cloud, customers can extend the single point of orchestration and management for their SD-WAN network to include the underlay offered by Google Cloud backbone.

Cisco and Google Cloud will initially invite select customers to participate in previews of this solution by the end of 2020 with general availability scheduled for the first half of 2021.