Google and Cisco are developing the Cisco DS-WAN Cloud Hub with Google Cloud, what they call the tech industry’s first automated application-centric multicloud network fabric in which applications and enterprise networks can share service-level agreement settings, security policy and compliance data.
The goal of the new solution is to provide predictable application performance and consistent user experience, the companies said Tuesday in a joint announcement.
In a company blog, Sanchin Gupta, senior vice president of product management for Cisco’s Intent-Based Networking Group.
Gupta wrote that the new solution will support many businesses that are embracing a hybrid and multicloud strategy, and will enable businesses to optimize application stacks by distributing components to their best locations.
“For example, an application suite could support a front end running on one public cloud to optimize for cost, an analytics library on another cloud to leverage its AI/ML capabilities, and a financial component running on-prem for optimal security and compliance,” Gupta wrote.
Cisco and Google say the new solution will have full WAN application integration with cloud networks – an industry first.
“With Cisco SD-WAN Cloud Hub with Google Cloud, for the first time, the industry will have full WAN application integration with cloud workloads: The network will talk to apps, and apps will talk to the network,” Gupta wrote. “Critical security, policy, and performance information will be able to cross the boundaries of network, cloud, and application. This integration will extend into hybrid and multicloud environments, like Anthos, Google Cloud’s open application platform, supporting the optimization of distributed, multicloud microservice-based applications.”
In a statement, Shailesh Skukla, vice president ofproducts and general manager, networking at Google Cloud, said the expansion of the Google-Cisco partnership is a step forward to organizations operating in hybrid and multi-cloud environments.
“By linking Cisco’s SD-WAN with Google Cloud’s global network and Anthos, we can jointly provide customers a unique solution that automates, secures and optimizes the end to end network based on the application demands, simplifying hybrid deployments for enterprise organizations,” Shukla said.