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What is SD WAN
The latest capability in the world of WAN is Cisco’s software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN). SD-WAN capabilities can be applied as a virtual overlay to a company’s current WAN connection, which today would typically be MPLS-based. An SD-WAN architecture can connect your remote offices and data centers, optimizing network performance, for a fraction of the cost of solely using MPLS. Enterprises are looking at SD-WAN to decrease the number of physical devices required to support applications and reduce the cost of maintaining technology deployed in branch locations.
Cisco SD-WAN, based on Viptela, will likely be the preferred solution for large, complex deployments, and Meraki will be the ideal product for simple, small-to-midsized businesses (SMBs).
SD-WAN Professional Service Types
Fast Lane’s Intent-Based Networking Seminar is a four-hour virtual event where attendees gain insight into the Cisco SD-WAN solution including an overview of components and requirements. You will explore the operation and deployment of the SD-WAN control and data planes and extend the solution to include redundancy. As a bonus, we will be demonstrating the solution with a live SD-WAN deployment covering aspects ranging from initial remote site zero touch provisioning and topology creation through to SaaS and dynamic service insertion. We can customize our Seminars to meet your needs. An example of a Cisco SD-WAN Viptela Primer Seminar could include the following topics:
- WAN Trends and Challenges
- Digital Transformation
- Why SD-WAN?
- Intent-Based Networking for the WAN
- Architectural Overview
- Solution Components
- User Experience and SLA
- Security in SD-WAN environments
- Managing an SD-WAN solution
- High-Availability and Redundancy
SD-WAN Test Drives
Fast Lane is working with Cisco to provide a learning experience to orient the customer to the shift from hardware-focused to software-driven networking—including Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)—investing in the concept of digital transformation with Cisco’s next-generation SD-WAN solutions. This interactive event focuses on highlighting the SD-WAN solution while providing participants with hands-on experience. The intent is to provide technical decision makers a demonstration of the solution set in order to reach an informed buying decision.
SD-WAN Proof of Value
Fast Lane’s Proof of Value (PoV) program is an essential component of our solution adoption services. It allows partners to demonstrate the value proposition and ROI of their solutions to their customers with a FL SME functioning under the umbrella of the partner organization. A Proof of Value event provides technical decision makers with a deep-dive learning experience focusing on a specific solution addressing a particular use case. The intent is to answer the vast majority of your technical decision makers’ questions and concerns. They will gain an appreciation of the operational and business value achieved by implementing the solution. In other words, a PoV workshop is a means of closing sales through learning.
SD-WAN Proof of Concept
Fast Lane’s Proof of Concept (PoC) program is an essential component of our sales acceleration services. It allows vendors, resellers and system integrators to demonstrate the value proposition and ROI of their solutions to their key customer accounts. A Proof of Concept event provides partner engineers with a side-by-side learning experience focusing on building an in-house demonstration pod. This allows you to highlight the solution to your customers addressing their use cases as you see fit on an established platform.
SD-WAN Mentored Install
As part of our mentored install services, we manage the entire project process, including task distribution, resource planning and scheduling. Fast Lane will engage subject matter experts to help build out enablement solutions and mentor partners through the design, installation, configuration and successful deployment of an SD-WAN solution. Our deployment service is a special derivative of staff augmentation. It consists of one or more on-site or remote design and deployment engagements including related knowledge transfer and additional mentoring/coaching as needed. The purpose of these services is to help you deploy solutions with expert assistance in a controlled (mentored) environment thus optimizing your investment in technology, accelerating time to deploy and improving the effectiveness of the implementation. There are multiple types of engagements available ranging from Isolated Mentored Install Deployments with various onsite days to Production Network Integration Deployments. A Fast Lane Subject Matter Expert (FL SME) will scope each engagement and a detailed Statement of Work (SOW) will be created.
Mandatory Discovery Workshop
Fast Lane will consult with the partner and customer engineers in order to establish the required Use-Cases in order to complete a High-Level Design Document. (HLDD). The actual scope of the engagement will determine the tier level of detail workshop. The HLDD will operate as the road map for the Mentored Install.
Are you a Cisco Partner looking to increase your ROI through SDA sales and deployment? Fast Lane experts are here to support critical parts of your SD-WAN business roadmap. Our E4H service provides the resources to assist you in the following areas:
- Pre-Sales project assessment and planning
- SD-WAN outcomes-based solution design
- SD-WAN RFP response
- Implementation and Post-Sales support
In addition to these services, we provide role-based SD-WAN training for Account Managers, Systems Engineers, Field Engineers, Administrators and Customer Success Managers.