Cisco bolsters edge networking family with expanded SD-WAN security options

Cisco this week expanded its Catalyst 8000 Edge Platform family to propose enterprise edge customers more secure SD-WAN and cloud resource approach options.

The Cisco Catalyst 8000 edge router assembly currently includes three standards: the high-end 8500 for data-center or colocation customers the 8300 for member users and the software-based 8000 for potential environments. Feature support includes advanced routing SD-WAN security and secure-approach labor edge (SASE) depending on customer requirements and all standards run Ciscos IOS XE operating method software.

The extended 8000 family fills out Ciscos Catalyst proposeing from the member to the campus and data center including wireless and industrial boxes all with a number of ordinary features such as support for Ciscos intent-based networking technology analytics and security.

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Among the four new standards is a low-end box – the Cisco Catalyst 8500L – thats aimed at entry-level 1G/10G aggregation use cases Cisco stated. The 1RU form factor 8500L is powered by 12 x86 cores and features up to 64GB remembrance to support secure connectivity for thousands of distant sites and millions of stateful NAT and firewall sessions wrote Archana Khetan senior ruler of fruit treatment for Enterprise Routing and SD-WAN Infrastructure at Cisco in a blog almost the new boxes.  

Businesses find that establishing aggregation sites at whichever core locations or colocations helps them own the leading mile on their member and distant-worker connectivity to the internet and other software-defined cloud interconnects Khetan stated.

"The Catalyst 8500L provides ultra-fast IPsec crypto accomplishment and advanced flow-based forwarding to keep up with the demands of todays high-speed secure connectivity" Khetan stated. 

Targeting the member Cisco added the Catalyst 8200 which supports eight CPU cores for high-accomplishment packet forwarding and 8GB of lapse RAM to run the latest security labors Khetan stated. The Catalyst 8200 Series supports up to 1Gbps of aggregate forwarding throughput which is double the accomplishment of its ISR 4300 ancestor according to Khetan.

The Catalyst 8200 Series Edge Platforms have a wide difference of interface options to select from with backward compatibility to existing WAN LAN and tone modules. In approachion the artifices support zero-touch IT cleverness while migrating workloads to the cloud Khetan stated.

When Cisco introduced the 8000 family in October the vendor said the family also serves as an upgrade path for true Cisco Integrated Services Router/Aggregation Services Router (ISR/ASR) devotees. For sample the 8000 is an advancement to the ISR 4400/4300 and the 8500 is an upgrade path for ASR 1001-HX/1002-HX the company said.

The 8500 and 8200 family members last that migration effort. For sample Cisco says the Cisco Catalyst 8500L is an upgrade from the Cisco ASR1x and ASR2x and the Cisco Catalyst 8200 is an upgrade for the Cisco ISR 4300 and ISR 2900.

Another expansion of Ciscos member proposeings is the 1RU Catalyst 8200 Series Edge uCPE which is aimed at what Cisco calls the little and lean potentialized member. The artifice includes Ciscos hypervisor Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure Software (NFVIS) Routing Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) and multiple orchestration options.

With eight x86 CPU cores with hardware acceleration for IPsec crypto commerce the Catalyst 8200 uCPE lets memberes run multiple VNFs and supports up to 500Mbps IPsec SD-WAN throughput Cisco stated.

"Along with a higher number of WAN ports the platform includes one Network Interface Module (NIM) slot for approachional WAN and LAN modules as well as a Pluggable Interface Module (PIM) slot for wireless WAN modules for LTE Advanced and LTE Advanced Pro capabilities" Cisco stated. 

Lastly Cisco added a 5G artifice that proposes cellular connectivity options for the Catalyst family. The Catalyst Cellular Gateway proposes sub 6Ghz 5G connectivity to businesses for wireless WAN and wireless SD-WAN links.

Catalyst Cellular Gateways are one to setup and can be plugged into a router or edge platform via Power over Ethernet (PoE) Khetan stated.

The cellular gateway can be placed wherever cellular admission is powerfulest making installation much easier and more reliable than transmitted coaxial cable antenna extensions Cisco stated. "The power to support new applications whichever cloud hosted or on-premises and to connect more artifices reliably and flexibly can make it easier to migrate to a wireless WAN with guaranteed Quality of Service (QoS)" Cisco stated.

Software capabilities for the 8000 family come in a tiered licensing standard that includes:

  • Cisco DNA Essentials: Includes core SD-WAN capabilities such as tour load balancing centralized treatment and orchestration and commerce path steering. It blends routing capabilities (NAT BGP DNS etc.) and base security capabilities (MACsec ACLs Snort IPS Enterprise Firewall etc.).
  • Cisco DNA Advantage: Subscribers take everything in Cisco DNA Essentials plus more advanced routing capabilities (MPLS BGP Support IGMPv3 etc.) more advanced security functionality (Advanced Malware Protection SSL agency etc.) expanded SD-WAN capabilities vAnalytics plus approach to Ciscos Cloud OnRamp for SaaS for IaaS and for Colocation.
  • Cisco DNA Premier subscription proposes Ciscos complete SASE portfolio with a one license. The integration of Cisco Umbrella SIG Essentials into Cisco DNA Premier lets customers centrally handle security for all distant and member locations and instrument cloud security athwart the Cisco SD-WAN work.