by Gina Narcisi

Cisco and Google on Tuesday announced the availability of the first phase of Cisco SD-WAN Cloud Hub with Google Cloud Network Connectivity Center, a combination that opens up the Google global network to enterprises.

Cisco and Google announced last April that Cisco was extending its flagship SD-WAN service into Google Cloud Platform. The combination of Cisco SD-WAN Hub with Google Cloud brought together Cisco's flagship SD-WAN technology with Google cloud workloads to create a first of its kind multi-cloud fabric.

Tuesday's announcement builds on Cisco and Google's partnership, said Raj Gulani, senior director of product management, enterprise cloud and SD-WAN for ‎Cisco (pictured above). Via the extended partnership. Cisco SD-WAN Cloud Hub is extended to Google Cloud, which is made possible through the integration between Cisco vManage and the new Google Cloud Network Connectivity Center, according to the two companies.

Cisco Gold partner WWT is one of the top sellers of the  Viptela-powered Cisco SD-WAN product, and deploying SD-WAN into public cloud environments is a big ask from customers right now, said Neil Anderson, senior director of networking solutions for WWT.

"Because a lot of those circuits are now internet circuits, [customers] can't rely on the backbones they used to have from the service providers when they used to have MPLS. We're pretty excited about what Google and Cisco are doing together because it allows our customers to essentially ride Google's backbone -- can't get much better than that," Anderson said.


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