Cisco has released a new version of it SD-WAN software that adds the ability to reinforce links between remote users and Microsoft Office 365 applications and better support voice and video networks.\nThe new features are part of the latest release of Cisco\u2019s core SD-WAN software that\u00a0 can control the connectivity, management, and services between data centers and remote branches or cloud instances.\u00a0 SD-WAN deployments typically include routers and switches or virtualized customer-premises equipment (vCPE) all running some version of software that handles policy, security, networking functions, and other management tools.\n\nCisco has in recent years made tying its SD-WAN software closer to key cloud players such as AWS, Google, and Microsoft a priority.\nThis release further integrates support for Microsoft\u2019s Informed Network Routing technology that lets customers share Microsoft 365 app feedback telemetry with networking vendors and to receive network link telemetry from them, according to Jeevan Sharma, Manager, Product Management, Enterprise Cloud & SD-WAN group at Cisco in a blog about the enhancements.\nSharma wrote that enterprises may have multiple options to route traffic from branch sites to Microsoft SaaS applications such as Office 365, Teams, and SharePoint.\n\u201cThey may backhaul the SaaS traffic through a corporate data center to run it through a security stack or they may send the traffic to a regional data center first or allow users at the remote branch to directly access SaaS apps over internet,\u201d\u00a0 Sharma stated. \u00a0\u201cThis introduces [a] path selection problem, as it is difficult for network admin[s] to assess which path is best-performing at any given point in time and should be used to access the SaaS applications for best user experience. Also, if the path performance degrades, then how can they switch to an alternate better performing path so that the application experience for the user is not degraded.\u201d\n\u201cUsing Informed Network Routing, customers can let \u00a0Microsoft to share application telemetry with Cisco, and Cisco to share network link telemetry with Microsoft. This gives Cisco additional visibility and app telemetry data to make informed decisions for best path selection,\u201d Sharma stated.\nThe vendor has also added support for its Cisco Unified Border Element (CUBE) technology across its routing\u2014and consequently the SD-WAN package\u2014to bridge voice and video connectivity between separate VoIP networks.\u00a0 Specifically CUBE provides a session border controller (SBC) for voice routing, security, interworking, and session-management functions.\u00a0\nBy integrating this feature into Cisco SD-WAN customers can use edge platforms to route collaboration traffic between SD-WAN-enabled nodes either within an enterprise (for on-prem deployments) or private\/public cloud-based environments, wrote Raakhee Mistry, senior director of marketing, for Cisco\u2019s Enterprise Networking & Cloud group in a blog outlining the new features.\nThe SBC can be enabled on existing SD-WAN platforms, eliminating the need for a separate appliance, Mistry wrote.\nThe release also supports the integration Webex collaboration software Cisco revealed in January. The software is being added to the applications supported by Cloud OnRamp\u2014a key part of the Cisco SD-WAN offering.\u00a0\nCloud OnRamp segregates application traffic like Webex from generic internet traffic and routes it from a branch router via the best path to insure a secure, high-quality connection. The idea is to support reliability, security, and visibility in audio-video calls for distributed teams regardless of where users are working, Cisco stated.