The VMware SD-WAN architecture originated in the cloud and is built on Software Defined Networking (SDN) principles.

VMware SD-WAN is the only SD-WAN solution delivered in the cloud with a separate orchestration plane, control plane and data plane using a secure and scalable cloud network. Cloud-based service delivery, orchestration and analytics create a flexible architecture designed to address the demands experienced by enterprise IT today with the agility to meet unforeseen future requirements.

VMware SD-WAN Service

VMware SD-WAN Service includes the following components:

Secure Network Overlay

VMware SD-WAN’s separate control plane and data plane layers increase network service agility as intelligence is moved from the data plane into the programmable control plane. The architecture is transport independent, operates across any combination of public or private circuits, and enables secure connectivity to enterprise data centers, cloud compute and SaaS applications.

Scalable, Secure Cloud Network

VMware SD-WAN uses standard based encryption, such as AES, to provide secure connectivity over any type of transport, to form a secure cloud network. VMware SD-WAN devices are authenticated to the SD-WAN management plane, assigned business policies and then granted access to the secure cloud network.

Virtual Service Delivery

A rich set of services, including those from VMware SD-WAN ecosystem partners, are easily deployed from a catalog of applications. Based on the type of service, these services are delivered at the branch, in the private data center or in the cloud. Service providers can leverage the VMware SD-WAN architecture to deliver managed CPE offerings with dynamic services called network functions or services virtualization.

Orchestration & Analytics

The orchestration layer provides the control plane for forwarding traffic to and from on-premise and cloud nodes, flexibly across the multiple underlying transports and with the policy‐driven insertion of distributed network services. This orchestration layer is failsafe, highly resilient and simplifies end user deployments — meaning no IT administrator-dependent branch office installation is required.

VMware SD-WAN Architecture

VMware SD-WAN provides a transport independent secure overlay enabling the use of broadband Internet with or without traditional MPLS, a cloud network for access to both enterprise and cloud applications, and a business driven orchestration layer for automation and virtual services insertion.

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Up to 30x More Bandwidth per Dollar

Whether you choose to augment your existing MPLS with Internet or replace it altogether with Enterprise-grade Internet, VMware SD-WAN increases your bandwidth per dollar by 10-30 times without additional capital expense. Expand your WAN in phases, control costs, and manage capacity and performance on-demand with no risk.

10 Times Faster Deployments

Deploy VMware SD-WAN in minutes instead of days or weeks with zero IT touch. No more truck rolls to branches to upgrade or replace WAN devices when bandwidth needs to be increased. Eliminate the cost of specialized IT at every branch to manage the WAN network.

7 Times Total Cost Reduction

Reduce branch capital expense and do away with single-purpose firewalls, VPN devices, WAN optimization and more. Throw away multiple network management consoles with a single orchestration and management platform. Reduce troubleshooting time and accelerate time to resolution.


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