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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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"Over the last two years, they've enhanced a lot, especially in regard to integration with OpenStack.""During our experience, the solution has been stable.""This is a good firewall and overall it is rich in features.""I have found VMware NSX to be easy to use.""From a security standpoint, the customer was able to better secure critical workloads while routing L2/L3 worked normally, giving them more confidence that they would be ready for any potential security incident mitigation or outage (DR).""NSX's stand-out function is the distributed firewall. The firewall system is just top-notch, and I haven't seen another solution like it.""I have found the solution to be stable.""The solution is easy to use and is good for management control."

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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 support needs improvement.""I would like to see automation capabilities in the deployment process.""In the future, the solution should be compliant with internet NIC.""There could be an improvement in regards to security.""The technical support could use some improvement.""It isn't easy to deploy.""Quite a complex solution.""We have done three installations and we have not had any critical issues. The time it took for the installation was approximately two days. However, they should provide better documentation."

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  • "The licensing fees are expensive and we pay on a yearly basis."
  • "It is an expensive product, but cheaper than some competing solutions."
  • "The price of this product is too high."
  • "This solution requires a licence."
  • "VMware NSX is expensive and everything is licensed. We have to pay for each individual feature."
  • "The price is based on the virtual desktop infrastructure(VDI) side and also is dependant on the size of the environment. The price is expensive and it could attract more purchasers in smaller organisations if it was reduced."
  • "I was not involved in the purchase of the solution but I hear it is on the expensive side."
  • "There is a license required for this solution, we pay annually."
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    I really like the management dashboard, the tailor-made assurance, the telemetry, and the ease of integration with all other solutions of VMware, such as vSphere.
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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.
    VMware NSX is the network virtualization platform for the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). By bringing the operational model of a virtual machine to your data center network, you can transform the economics of network and security operations. NSX lets you treat your physical network as a pool of transport capacity, with network and security services attached to VMs with a policy-driven approach.
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    Sample Customers
    Lithium Technologies, Orange Business Services, Cloudwatt, Symantec, Cloud Dynamics, CloudSeeds
    City of Avondale, Lumeta, Kroll Ontrack, Heartland Payment Systems, Baystate Heallth, Exostar, Tribune Media, iGATE, NTT Communications, Synergent, California Natural Resources Agency, Bloomington Public Schools, Columbia Sportswear, Join Experience S.A, Schuberg Philis
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider47%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Retailer6%
    Financial Services Firm4%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm22%
    Retailer19%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Government6%
    Financial Services Firm6%
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    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise56%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise67%

    Juniper Contrail Networking is ranked 4th in Software Defined Networking (SDN) with 1 review while VMware NSX is ranked 1st in Network Virtualization with 25 reviews. Juniper Contrail Networking is rated 6.0, while VMware NSX is rated 7.8. 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 VMware NSX writes "A flexible option for managing security, but setup is complex and documentation is lacking". Juniper Contrail Networking is most compared with Cisco SD-WAN, Tungsten Fabric, 128 Technology SD-WAN, VMware SD-WAN and Nuage Networks, whereas VMware NSX is most compared with Cisco ACI, Cisco Secure Workload, Nutanix Flow, Guardicore Centra and Trend Micro Deep Security.

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