Cisco Meraki to Support Connectivity to Microsoft Azure Virtual WAN

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Cisco Meraki has announced a collaboration with Microsoft to help simplify and support organizations moving workloads to the cloud. The integration allows organizations using Cisco SD-WAN powered by Cisco Meraki to connect seamlessly and securely to Microsoft’s Azure Virtual WAN service.

As organizations continue to shift their workloads into multiple cloud environments, providing secure and optimized access to business-critical resources is crucial. At the same time, the complexity of establishing and maintaining communication channels between these ever-growing cloud hosted resources also increases, as does delivering optimal access from branch locations distributed across the world. With this collaboration, Cisco SD-WAN powered by Cisco Meraki enables customers to seamlessly automate secure connectivity from Cisco Meraki MX appliances at branch locations directly to the Azure Virtual WAN service. This will allow customers to establish optimal branch-to-Azure connectivity, regardless of geographical location.

“As customer use of multi-cloud environments continues to increase, providing secure and optimized access to business-critical resources is more important than ever,” said Lawrence Huang, VP of Product Management, Cisco Meraki. “Today’s announcement underscores our commitment to deliver solutions that allow secure and optimal access to workloads in multiple clouds with recognized leaders like Microsoft. Through this collaboration, customers can securely connect to the Microsoft Azure Virtual WAN service, with the signature simplicity they have come to expect from Cisco Meraki.”

Reshmi Yandapalli, principal product manager, Microsoft Corp. said, “Organizations are increasingly looking to adopt Microsoft’s Azure Virtual WAN service as a way to connect their branch SD-WAN appliances to our global network for optimal access to Azure resources. With Cisco SD-WAN powered by Cisco Meraki, we can make connectivity a seamless experience for our customers.”