Cisco completed its $610 million acquisition of software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) firm Viptela today. The Viptela SD-WAN business will become part of the company’s enterprise routing group within Cisco’s Networking and Security Business Unit that is headed by SVP David Goeckeler.
Cisco said it plans to dedicate engineering resources to SD-WAN and combine Viptela’s cloud-first network management, orchestration, and overlay technologies with its own routing platforms, services, and SD-WAN capabilities.
Interestingly, Goeckeler also oversees the company’s new intent-based networking initiative that it announced in June. Cisco said the Viptela business will fit into Cisco’s vision for a software-centric, subscription-led networking model.
In an interview today with SDxCentral, Yvette Kanouff, SVP and GM of Cisco’s service provider business, said that SD-WAN is an important piece of the service provider’s enterprise business, and she will be working with service providers to unify different enterprise offerings including SD-WAN. “SD-WAN is just the beginning,” she said.