SD-WAN Deployment Option & Licencing

SD-WAN Deployment Option & Licencing

Posted on Jan 27, 2020 (0)

SD-WAN Deployment Option & Licencing

Cisco SD-WAN can connect to any transport and each vEdge router have almost 7 interface which can provide connectivity to different WAN circuits

Controller Deployment Method:

Controller can be deployed in following defined method:

  • On Premise
  • Hosted Environment

vEdge Cloud Virtual Routers deployment Method

VEdge can be deployed in following different method

Cisco/Partner Managed Service: AWS Instances

Cisco SD-WAN components can also be deployed on AWS instance on cloud, some brief deployment option are given below

vBond Orchestrator Server Recommendation:

Below are the Server requirement to run vBond orchestrator on VMware ESXi or KVM server. It is depends on the number of devices you deploy in overlay network

vEdge Cloud Router Server Recommendation:

Below table lists about resource required for vEdge Cloud router on ESXi or KVM server.

vManage NMS Server Recommendation:

Again the resource required to run vManage on ESXi or KVM server vary depending upon number of devices you deploy in overlay network

If you have small overlay network with small number of devices , but they generate large number of DPI or Cflowd data than it is recommended to use device specification given for 251 to 1001 or more devices

vSmart Controller Server Recommendation:

The resources required to run vSmart controller on ESXi or KVM server depends upon number of devices you deploy in overlay network. Following are vSmart Controller Server recommendation:

Cisco SD-WAN Pricing Model

One-time Hardware or Software

VEDGE Router :

  • Sit at the edge or in a hosted environment in the private, public or hybrid cloud
  • Provide secure, dynamic access over any transport

Annual Recurring Software Subscription


  • Centrally manage and configures SD-WAN
  • Real-time dashboard for health and control
  • Northbound API integration

vSmart Controllers

  • The brain of the Virtual WAN
  • Simplify, Centralize, Abstract and Automate

Features: License Tiers

There are three types of License tires in Cisco SD-WAN Solutions

  • Plus
  • Pro
  • Enterprise

Below figure describes brief over view of all three options:

Feature for each tier are discussed below:

Bandwidth: License Tiers

Bandwidth entitlement on vEdge is the sum of peak bandwidth (either upstream or downstream) across all WAN circuits

Higher of downstream or upstream bandwidth is counted toward the license

Example: If Circuit1 is 50Mb symmetric, Circuit2 is 100Mb down / 20Mb up, and

Circuit3 is 200Mb down / 50M up, total bandwidth counted toward the license is 50+100+200=350Mb

Bandwidth entitlement also includes

-Split tunnel (Direct Internet Access)

-Traffic offloaded to 3rd party cloud services using GRE or IPSec tunneling

TLOC extension interface bandwidth is not included in bandwidth entitlement

Cisco SD-WAN Pricing Tiers

Below are the details for Cisco Licenses along with its 1 yr, 3 yr and 5 yr along with its Tiers

SD-WAN Comparison Chart

There are major player on SD-WAN environment, some of them are as defined:

  • Cisco Viptela
  • VMware VeloCloud
  • Versa
  • Silver Peak

Below are comparison chart available for SD-WAN players


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