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


Contributing writer
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 providers is anticipated to be near $400B in 2021, out of which the biggest chunk of over 35% is being spent on SaaS. Enterprises are getting accustomed to utilizing quite a few SaaS functions as they embrace the “as a service” consumption mannequin which brings them ease of use and accessibility to functions from wherever.

Amongst these SaaS functions, collaboration functions similar 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 similar to Microsoft Trade and SharePoint. Undeniably, the Microsoft 365 suite of functions are the highest SaaS apps utilized by the enterprises. Beforehand, these apps have been hosted in company information facilities, however now with Microsoft providing these as cloud hosted SaaS apps, these apps will be accessed from wherever.

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

The motion of those functions to cloud brings its personal set of challenges for Enterprise IT, as software efficiency turns into a main concern for patrons. Enterprises could have a number of choices to route visitors from department websites to those SaaS functions. They might backhaul the SaaS visitors via a company information heart to run it via a safety stack or they might ship the visitors to a regional information heart first or permit customers on the distant department to straight entry SaaS apps over web. This introduces path choice drawback as it’s troublesome for community admin to evaluate which path is finest acting at any given time limit and ought to be used to entry the SaaS functions for finest person expertise. Additionally, if the trail efficiency degrades, then how can they swap to an alternate higher performing path in order that the applying expertise for the person is just not 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 at all times 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 information heart earlier than going to the web. Nevertheless, the buck doesn’t cease right here.

Probing a hyperlink helps networking distributors in accumulating path efficiency information similar 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 applying viewpoint. 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, prospects can opt-in to permit Microsoft to share software telemetry with Cisco, and Cisco to share community hyperlink telemetry with Microsoft. This offers Cisco further visibility and app telemetry information to make knowledgeable choices for finest path choice.

Cisco began this journey as the primary networking vendor with Microsoft to combine Knowledgeable Community Routing for Microsoft Trade 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 Common Availability for Knowledgeable Community Routing with Cisco as their launch companion. This brings a double bonanza for patrons trying to make the most of this functionality to additional improve Microsoft 365 software expertise for his or her customers.

“I’m excited to announce that the combination between Cisco SD-WAN and Microsoft Knowledgeable Community Routing now consists of help for Microsoft Groups and SharePoint app telemetry. This replace will assist us ship an improved end-user expertise via 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 Companion Program (NPP) licensed and likewise a Microsoft 365 networking companion. As a part of this program, Cisco SD-WAN aligns with the Microsoft’s Connectivity Ideas aimed toward serving to Microsoft 365 prospects obtain optimum end-user expertise. Energetic path probing with URL categorization for granularity and Knowledgeable Community Routing utilizing actual software visitors will be sure that enterprises now have all the things 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 software expertise view based mostly on the applying and community hyperlink telemetry information trade.

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(1) Gartner Says 4 Developments Are Shaping the Way forward for Public Cloud