Google and Cisco extend SD-WAN, cloud network-management integration

Cisco has integrated its SD-WAN technology with Google's Network Connectivity Center, a new management platform designed to simplify on-prem and cloud networking.

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Google and Cisco have extended their technology development relationship to make it easier to marry cloud-based resources with SD-WAN command and control.

The expanded technology agreement is centered around a cloud-based network-management system Google rolled out this week that promises to let customers configure and manage multiple on-prem- and public-cloud networks. The new service, called Network Connectivity Center, offers a central console for connecting and watching over multiple networking aspects, including traffic flows, performance metrics, and VPN connectivity.

"Network Connectivity Center delivers a unified connectivity experience by allowing enterprises to use Google's global infrastructure, leveraging new or existing partners and dedicated interconnects, Cloud VPN connections, and third-party routers/SD-WAN to transfer data reliably across on-premises sites and cloud resources," wrote Rohith Ramkumar, product manager, cloud networking with Google Cloud, in a blog about the news.

Cisco will tie into Google's Network Connectivity Center to integrate SD-WAN access and control in two ways. First, the companies will deliver the SD-WAN site-to-cloud package they have been developing for about a year. 

That jointly developed platform, called Cisco SD-WAN Cloud Hub with Google Cloud, combines Cisco's SD-WAN policy-, telemetry- and security-setting capabilities with Google's software-defined backbone to ensure that application service-level agreement, security and compliance policies are extended across the network to Google Cloud resources.

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