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"After we finished setting Contrail up, it seemed stable enough. Still, we never tested it in a real environment, so we don't have enough information to say whether it's stable with a given number of users and appliances. We have tested it in a lab environment, but we haven't tested enough to say that the platform is stable."

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"They're known for their ease of use and ubiquitous management platform that covers everything. Meraki really excels in plug-and-play solutions. You just plug it up, and everything works. All of the components—the firewall/router, the switches, the access points, the cameras—work very nicely together, and they all can be managed from one platform. That is probably their biggest selling point. Everything comes in one ubiquitous package, and you don't have to manage different components from different platforms. You can see everything from one platform.""The solution is scalable.""The most valuable feature is application performance monitoring and being able to browse packets dynamically based on priorities.""The solution has many features available.""As long as the LAN is well structured, installations and setup can be complete within forty-five minutes.""The solution has a great UI.""Meraki can react fast to emerging trends.""The most valuable features of this solution are load balancing and the security possibilities you have."

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"Visibility, especially for the top of the platform, is a nightmare. The top was documented incorrectly and really complex to complete. In the end, it worked but only after several weeks of work with the support of a Juniper solution engineer in Holland."

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"The solution needs to enact more advanced protections.""Overall, we are satisfied with the support, although I cannot state this unequivocally.""Meraki offers the client basic security, it is not the same as what FortiGate is offering.""We'd like features that provide more transparency when there are issues. Right now, it's hard to get clarity on problems. We need more visibility.""With Meraki, it's more of a basic connectivity. It doesn't have all the feature sets that a Cisco SD-WAN solution has. It's limited.""Meraki could make better use of virtual connect.""This solution can only support up to two WAN ports.""From the vice perspective, they just are not as robust as some of the other vendors. They have limitations in throughput and the number of circuits that they can support on a wide area network. Their higher-end security is all cloud-based. They have some capability with the premise-based solutions, but the higher ends are all cloud-based, and that's via Cisco Umbrella."

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  • "Meraki solutions come with a choice of several different subscription options including one year, three years, five years, seven years, and ten years."
  • "The licensing fees are approximately $1,000 USD annually."
  • "The pricing is fair, but if they can make it less it would be even more attractive."
  • "Any license you buy until January 2021 gets you an extra year for that purchase."
  • "like everything else, it's negotiable."
  • "If you purchase a Meeraki box, you have to purchase a license, and it's already the basic license, you will have you SD-WAN included."
  • "This solution is more expensive than competitors."
  • "From the perspective of the customer, the price is not terribly cost-effective."
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    Contrail Networking
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    Overview
    Juniper Contrail Networking is a simple, open, and agile cloud network automation product that implements an SDN architecture. With its scale-out microservices architecture, Contrail orchestrate virtual network overlays at the performance and scale of even the most dynamic and large clouds. Contrail Networking is equipped with always-on advanced analytics capabilities to provide deep insights into application and infrastructure performance for better visualization, easier diagnostics, rich reporting, custom application development, and machine automation. It also supports integration with other analytics platforms like Juniper Networks AppFormix and streaming analytics through technologies like Apache Kafka and its API.

    Software-defined WAN is a new approach to network connectivity that lowers operational costs and improves resource usage for multi-site deployments, allowing network administrators to use bandwidth more efficiently and ensure the highest possible level of performance for critical applications without sacrificing security or data privacy. For more information on deploying and configuring SD-WAN on the Meraki MX Security Appliance, see the Meraki SD-WAN Deployment Guide.

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    Comms Service Provider47%
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    Retailer6%
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    Educational Organization13%
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    Large Enterprise39%

    Juniper Contrail Networking is ranked 4th in Software Defined Networking (SDN) with 1 review while Meraki SD-WAN is ranked 1st in Software Defined Networking (SDN) with 18 reviews. Juniper Contrail Networking is rated 6.0, while Meraki SD-WAN is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Juniper Contrail Networking writes "It's stable enough in a lab, but the setup is complex, and support is insufficient". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Meraki SD-WAN writes "Ultimate flexibility in this solution lends opportunities for creative problem solving and cost savings". Juniper Contrail Networking is most compared with Cisco SD-WAN, VMware NSX, Tungsten Fabric, 128 Technology SD-WAN and HPE SDN, whereas Meraki SD-WAN is most compared with VMware SD-WAN, Cisco SD-WAN, Versa FlexVNF, Cradlepoint NetCloud and Cumulus Networks.

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