SDDC (ACI) and SDWAN -Better Together

First of all, this architecture/solution based integration, may seems simple form a high level, however ,the reality is, when there are multiple solutions, each has its own priorities and focus, there must be a strong valid reason to glue them and make that integration a priority (for both), to happen. The good news, in Cisco I noticed as long as there is a customer value, magic can happen. This is where I found that Cisco has a great innovation driven culture, as people from different teams, different geography/time zones they are willing to jump into a call and discuss things, while they are extremely busy. This experience made me really proud to be part of such a company that value new ideas and innovation.

Special thanks to Mike Herbert, for the support and shaping the design use cases along with the help and support of the wonderful experts Darren Dukes, Max Ardica and Mosaddaq Turbi.

So why this integration and why now?

Traditional businesses are becoming more digitized and technology adoption is an enabler for their survival and growth. With adoption of technology comes the need of adequate control and priority over challenges such as application sprawl and ever increasing bandwidth needs. Low priority applications if not controlled can starve critical applications impacting business operations. With businesses spreading over geographies, efficiency of data infrastructure can determine end customer satisfaction levels. 

According to IDC “In the context of digital transformation, applications are the new face of business. Applications generate revenue, drive the business, and increasingly differentiate organizations from their competitors.”

Therefore, the availability and performance of applications should be key architectural attributes when designing any technology solution for today’s organizations.

Based on that, the integration between Cisco SDDC (ACI) and Cisco SDWAN aims to address the above by focusing on the application attributes based on pre defined App SLA, from the DC all the way to the branch edge.

Stay tuned, as more interesting capabilities will be introduced as part of this integration, in the future.


Marwan Al-shawi – CCDE No. 20130066, Google Cloud Certified Architect, AWS Certified Solutions Architect, Cisco Press author (author of the Top Cisco Certifications’ Design Books “CCDE Study Guide and the upcoming CCDP Arch 4th Edition”). He is Experienced Technical Architect. Marwan has been in the networking industry for more than 12 years and has been involved in architecting, designing, and implementing various large-scale networks, some of which are global service provider-grade networks. Marwan holds a Master of Science degree in internetworking from the University of Technology, Sydney. Marwan enjoys helping and assessing others, Therefore, he was selected as a Cisco Designated VIP by the Cisco Support Community (CSC) (official Cisco Systems forums) in 2012, and by the Solutions and Architectures subcommunity in 2014. In addition, Marwan was selected as a member of the Cisco Champions program in 2015 and 2016.