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Cisco SD-WAN Expands Microsoft 365 Integration with Knowledgeable Community Routing for Microsoft Groups and SharePoint

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Piyush Raj, Product Supervisor
Cisco SD-WAN

The world of SaaS is exploding as hybrid work is changing into a brand new regular. As per Gartner (1), end-user spending on public cloud companies is predicted to be near $400B in 2021, out of which the most important chunk of over 35% is being spent on SaaS. Enterprises are getting accustomed to utilizing various SaaS purposes as they embrace the “as a service” consumption mannequin which brings them ease of use and accessibility to purposes from anyplace.

Amongst these SaaS purposes, collaboration purposes equivalent to Microsoft Groups and Webex by Cisco are paramount for hybrid work and are prime of thoughts for enterprises. So are different apps which contribute to worker productiveness equivalent to Microsoft Alternate and SharePoint. Undeniably, the Microsoft 365 suite of purposes are the highest SaaS apps utilized by the enterprises. Beforehand, these apps had been hosted in company knowledge facilities, however now with Microsoft providing these as cloud hosted SaaS apps, these apps might be accessed from anyplace.

Optimization via multipath from SD-WAN fabric to datacenter or branch/campus to Microsoft Teams and SharePoint

The motion of those purposes to cloud brings its personal set of challenges for Enterprise IT, as utility efficiency turns into a chief concern for purchasers. Enterprises might have a number of choices to route visitors from department websites to those SaaS purposes. They might backhaul the SaaS visitors by a company knowledge heart to run it by a safety stack or they could ship the visitors to a regional knowledge heart first or permit customers on the distant department to instantly entry SaaS apps over web. This introduces path choice downside as it’s tough for community admin to evaluate which path is greatest acting at any given time limit and ought to be used to entry the SaaS purposes for greatest person expertise. Additionally, if the trail efficiency degrades, then how can they swap to an alternate higher performing path in order that the appliance expertise for the person shouldn’t be degraded.

To beat these challenges, Cisco launched Cloud OnRamp for Microsoft 365 which makes use of proactive and steady hyperlink probing to evaluate the very best performing path at any time limit. It additionally permits community admin to make the most of Microsoft URL classes granularity for categorizing the Microsoft 365 apps into Optimize, Enable and Default classes. Whereas energetic hyperlink probing makes certain that the very best performing path is all the time chosen, URL categorization helps to find out what Microsoft Apps ought to go on to the web and what Apps ought to undergo a safety stack within the buyer knowledge heart earlier than going to the web. Nonetheless, the buck doesn’t cease right here.

Probing a hyperlink helps networking distributors in gathering path efficiency knowledge equivalent to hyperlink latency and loss from the community’s vantage level. What it doesn’t inform a networking vendor is how the hyperlink is acting from the appliance perspective. To beat this limitation and to shut the loop, Microsoft launched Knowledgeable Community Routing to permits them to share actual Microsoft 365 app suggestions telemetry with networking distributors and to obtain community hyperlink telemetry from them. Utilizing Knowledgeable Community Routing, clients can opt-in to permit Microsoft to share utility telemetry with Cisco, and Cisco to share community hyperlink telemetry with Microsoft. This offers Cisco further visibility and app telemetry knowledge to make knowledgeable selections for greatest path choice.

Cisco began this journey as the primary networking vendor with Microsoft to combine Knowledgeable Community Routing for Microsoft Alternate service space beginning with SD-WAN 20.4.x launch. With the SD-WAN 20.7.x launch, Cisco is additional increasing this partnership to deliver integration for Microsoft Groups and SharePoint service areas, as the primary and solely SD-WAN vendor accomplish that. Microsoft not too long ago introduced Basic Availability for Knowledgeable Community Routing with Cisco as their launch associate. This brings a double bonanza for purchasers seeking to make the most of this functionality to additional improve Microsoft 365 utility expertise for his or her customers.

“I’m excited to announce that the combination between Cisco SD-WAN and Microsoft Knowledgeable Community Routing now contains assist for Microsoft Groups and SharePoint app telemetry. This replace will assist us ship an improved end-user expertise by enhanced cloud connectivity.
The partnership between Microsoft 365 and Cisco SD-WAN additional enhances your Microsoft Groups and SharePoint expertise by optimizing routing and path choice past conventional community telemetry probes”
– Jeff Mealiffe, Principal Architect, Microsoft 365 Core Networking

Cloud OnRamp for Microsoft 365 = Informed Network routing + URL Categorization + Active Link Probing

Cisco SD-WAN is Microsoft Community Associate Program (NPP) licensed and in addition a Microsoft 365 networking associate. As a part of this program, Cisco SD-WAN aligns with the Microsoft’s Connectivity Ideas geared toward serving to Microsoft 365 clients obtain optimum end-user expertise. Lively path probing with URL categorization for granularity and Knowledgeable Community Routing utilizing actual utility visitors will be sure that enterprises now have the whole lot they want for optimum routing and path choice to Microsoft 365 Apps and enhanced finish person expertise. Clients can use vAnalytics dashboard to get an perception into utility expertise view based mostly on the appliance and community hyperlink telemetry knowledge trade.

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