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Pros
"The deployment is quite simple and straightforward.""The segmented traffic it provides is the best in the industry right now.""There have been no issues with stability.""You can easily scale the product.""Cisco SD-WAN is a very good product.""The user experience is pretty good.""Any technical support we needed was great.""The most useful feature for our organization is the combination of on-prem and cloud-based deployments. We connect securely to our hybrid cloud using transit VPCs and cloud on-ramp for fast deployments."

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"Proactively detects where problems might arise.""The service they provide is very stable and is the main influencer of why customers purchase this solution.""I would absolutely recommend VeloCloud because it's user-friendly and because the integration is easier than with other solutions.""The most valuable feature for one of our customers is the ability to stage cloud workloads from the local network.""VMware has been chosen by many of our customers who do not want to do a lot of complex routing in their environment and want a very easy-to-use solution. The most valuable features are simple troubleshooting, Dynamic Multipath Optimization (DMPO), and cybersecurity.""This solution is as stable as most firewalls. VMware is a reputable vendor.""Increases the performance of applications and is easy to deploy.""VeloCloud developed DMPO to increase performance and connectivity."

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Cons
"In the next release, Cisco should focus on simplifying the configuration of SD-WAN. SD-WAN has a lot of room to grow.""The bandwidth limitations would be good to remove, but it is a policy and license situation for Cisco because the cost is very high. It would be good to have OTP implemented with VRF. It can have support for EIGRP Over the Top (OTP) VRF. I saw some limitations in regards to the VRF protocol and the advertisement between VRF configuration. EIGRP Over the Top basically was quite limited with the VRF configuration. If you wanted to do rollback in VRF by using the EIGRP OTP protocol, the formation was not populated across. Cisco got back and confirmed that it is a configuration that I need to wait for until the next release, which is going to happen in one year. Cisco documentation is not the way it used to be before. It just gives an easy way to configure, but it doesn't go into the details of the configuration. The information that you need is there, but sometimes you want to go further and get more information, but the information is quite limited. It would be good to cover a few business cases or configuration cases. They used to be there in the past.""The price could be better. From a technical side, and everything's working smoothly. Cisco SD-WAN could be cheaper.""The solution could be a bit cheaper.""Cisco products are a little bit complicated, so making them a little bit easier would be an improvement.""I would like them to add some more SD-WAN ports. We have seen one implementation where there were four ISPs. Currently, we have a maximum of two ports for ISP in this device. Therefore, we cannot connect directly, and we need other switches. There should be some option to have more than two ports for SD-WAN.""The solution could have a better web interface to simplify changing configurations.""The inexpensive Viptela hardware may be replaced with overpriced Cisco routers. This would be a tragic mistake for Cisco as the lightweight commodity platform built by Viptela is the reason to own this solution."

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"Technical support is in need of improvement.""Its integration with the security systems would be a nice implementation. They can also consider using a management platform for both network and security operations. This would be a great improvement.""The cost of VeloCloud could be lowered.""In an upcoming release, the solution can be more functional and have additional features.""Reporting is an area that can be improved, as there are some features that are lacking with the reporting aspect.""There are a number of customers we have that require a fully mashed SD-WAN on VeloCloud that is not available currently.""Reports could be simplified.""In an upcoming release, they should allow customers the flexibility to use mobile applications where they can go and check on the information about their networks. A lot of vendors, such as Meraki, have a lot more integration with the use of portals to a mobile application. Having this feature as an alternative to logging into a laptop would be beneficial. If you are a SaaS-based company why not make a mobile application as well. You might not be able to do configurations but at least monitor while away or on vacation."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "We pay for the Cisco Customer Care support, which is a couple of hundred dollars."
  • "80 percent reduction in WAN costs. There are no MPLS or P2P circuits left in the organization."
  • "Cisco is more expensive than some competing products."
  • "SD-WAN as a service is probably something in the neighborhood of $100 to $200 a month per location."
  • "The costs are a bit on the high side."
  • "It is much cheaper than other solutions. Most of our clients are the top 500 companies, and they all have a corporate contract."
  • "The license model is too complex with too many flavors and options. You might not be able to see it from an end user's point of view, but from a telco point of view, their license model is too complex. They should have a flexible license model. If you want to have good pricing, you need to buy it for a two-year, four-year, or five-year license immediately. Some other vendors have much more flexible license models."
  • "It is going to be on a yearly basis. There are no additional costs."
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  • "VeloCloud performs as well as the Cisco SD-WAN but it is cheaper in price."
  • "The price of this solution is higher than that of other SD-WAN vendors."
  • "The price of this solution should be lower."
  • "The pricing is very comparable to Fortinet."
  • "The price is reasonable for this solution, but the only challenge for us is that the Rand currency fluctuates to the dollar and provides some complexities. The price might go up just because the Rand has actually lost value."
  • "The cost of VMware SD-WAN is high, but I think you can still get better pricing if your volume is high."
  • "The price of the solution could be reduced."
  • "My understanding is that the pricing is in the same range as other solutions."
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    Also Known As
    Viptela, Cisco vEdge Cloud Router
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    Overview

    Cisco SD-WAN is a software-defined WAN (wide area network) solution that provides for secure stable connections to applications for enterprises and organizations. Cisco SD-WAN works to speed up the seamless movement to the cloud. A very robust and reliable solution, Cisco SD-WAN is cutting-edge in threat security and stability of the complete network and has very low latency. Cisco SD-WAN uses Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), data centers, and even the internet to smoothly advance the move to a SASE (Service Access Service Edge)-based architecture. The Cisco SD-WAN dashboard gives you a complete visual of your entire infrastructure; you can see everything in real time. You will also have simplified IT operations and gain advanced network capabilities, dependability, and security. One valued feature is the overlay management protocol (OMP), which applies to your entire network to speedily connect all your company data centers. Cisco SD-WAN has a very flexible architecture and can be deployed on premises, in the cloud, hybrid, and even has multi-cloud options. Cisco SD-WAN instantly discovers, authenticates, and provisions all devices, both existing and new.

    Cisco SD-WAN simplifies the management of multiple connections across the WAN, improves the end-user experience, improves overall application functionality and performance, and is a very cost-effective solution. Cisco SD-WAN integrates well with Microsoft 365, Salesforce, and many other cloud-based business solutions. Additionally, Cisco SD-WAN optimizes connectivity and streamlines workflows for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Azure.

    Benefits of Cisco SD-WAN

    • Increased profitability - Cisco SD-WAN will improve performance and decrease overall connectivity costs.
    • Improved productivity - Cisco SD-WAN requires less staff to manage and secure the WANs so valuable resources can be allocated elsewhere in your organization, increasing total productivity.
    • Flexible scalability- Cisco SD-WAN’s flexible and easily scalable architecture will allow your organization to address significantly greater business opportunities, helping to consistently increase revenue.
    • Enhanced security - Cisco SD-WAN offers real-time policy enforcement, ensuring that downtime and unplanned outages are kept to a minimum.

    What real users have to say:

    Cisco SD-WAN is fast with lower costs: “Using SD-WAN to combine services can result in better up time, higher speeds, and much lower costs.”

    Cisco is a brand you can trust: “Cisco is an industry leader, so customers have a high level of trust with the brand - more so than with some newcomers that might have some more revolutionary solutions, but no name recognition.”

    Cisco SD-WAN offers load-balancing and real-time traffic monitoring: “Load balancing is a feature that allows us to take the best of our links and distribute the load intelligently, always with an eye on the end-customer experience.”

    Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) is the application of softwarebased network technologies that virtualize WAN connections to provide agility,
    performance and reliability for network traffic between remote and branch offices to
    data centers and the cloud.

    SD-WAN leverages cloud-hosting to simplify deployment and management of
    network devices and employs traffic steering to applications in the data center and
    the cloud. It combines the bandwidth of broadband with existing WAN connections to
    more efficiently and cost-effectively connect users to data center and cloud-based
    applications from any location in the network.

    SD-WAN optimizes traffic over multiple available connections (MPLS, broadband,
    LTE) to deliver traffic across the network, delivering a better user experience to any
    location. SD-WAN will dynamically steer traffic to the best available link, and if the
    available links show any transmission issues, it will immediately apply remediation for
    jitter and packet loss based on policies to ensure performance of the high-priority
    applications.

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    Sample Customers
    Doyle Research, Ashton Metzler & Associates
    Redmond, Coca Cola, Roka Bioscience, MetTel, Deutsche Telekom, Rockford Construction,  The Bay Club, tru Independence, Triton Management Services, DevCon, AXPM
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    Transportation Company9%
    Construction Company9%
    Real Estate/Law Firm9%
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    Comms Service Provider38%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Manufacturing Company4%
    Financial Services Firm4%
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    Financial Services Firm15%
    Transportation Company8%
    Manufacturing Company8%
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    Comms Service Provider30%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Manufacturing Company4%
    Retailer4%
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    Small Business47%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise38%
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    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise60%
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    Large Enterprise64%
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    Cisco SD-WAN is ranked 2nd in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 42 reviews while VMware SD-WAN is ranked 3rd in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 25 reviews. Cisco SD-WAN is rated 7.8, while VMware SD-WAN is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Cisco SD-WAN writes "Stable, cutting-edge, and robust". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware SD-WAN writes "Scalable, has DMPO to ensure data integrity, good technical support, and zero-touch set up". Cisco SD-WAN is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Versa FlexVNF, Meraki SD-WAN, Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect and Citrix SD-WAN, whereas VMware SD-WAN is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki SD-WAN, Versa FlexVNF, Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks and Cato Networks. See our Cisco SD-WAN vs. VMware SD-WAN report.

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