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Find out what your peers are saying about Meraki SD-WAN vs. VMware SD-WAN and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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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 seamless end-to-end setup is really what makes it beautiful; that's why Meraki is good.""The most valuable feature is application performance monitoring and being able to browse packets dynamically based on priorities.""As long as the LAN is well structured, installations and setup can be complete within forty-five minutes.""The advantage you have with Cisco Meraki is that they take a lot of that complexity out of the backend.""The solution is scalable.""The most valuable feature is application awareness.""This product contributed to a huge benefit in our bottom line on operational costs."

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"The most valuable feature is the dynamic multipath optimization.""They make use of a combination of different internet lines, which improves quality.""Increases the performance of applications and is easy to deploy.""It is very simple to configure. When you use the cloud to configure the equipment, it has zero-touch provisioning.""They have a lot of built-ins. There are so many applications defined inside the solution. It makes it so that we don't have to create some policies. Each and every application is already defined in it.""I would absolutely recommend VeloCloud because it's user-friendly and because the integration is easier than with other solutions.""The service they provide is very stable and is the main influencer of why customers purchase this solution.""This solution is as stable as most firewalls. VMware is a reputable vendor."

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Cons
"This solution can only support up to two WAN ports.""Meraki is more or less intelligent load balancing, although a lot of features are missing that our SD-WAN solutions will have.""The product could be improved by being made more simple to use. We had some issues integrating our MPLS with Meraki SD-WAN.""The default classes should be expanded.""There are currently issues with NAT-Unfriendly situations on G4 networks that should be resolved.""I think they should enhance the security.""The security and upgrading could improve in this solution.""Meraki could make better use of virtual connect."

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"It needs better security.""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.""Reports could be simplified.""They need more gateways""VeloCloud could improve its integration capabilities with other solutions.""VeloCloud needs improvement in terms of its security features.""The solution doesn't offer failover between their own devices. If I want to, I should be able to put the two devices at the side, so there can be a failover.""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."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "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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    Questions from the Community
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    From the perspective of the customer, the price is not terribly cost-effective. It should be more attractive to the market.
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    We are resellers, meaning we are a certified partner of Meraki and, as such, it is my job to sell Meraki products to our customers on the Korean market. Occasionally, I encounter issues concerning the… more »
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    One of our favorite things about Fortinet Fortigate is that you can deploy on the cloud or on premises. It is a very stable, reliable, and consistent solution. We like that we can manage the entire… more »
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    This solution is as stable as most firewalls. VMware is a reputable vendor.
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    Overview

    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.

    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
    École Jeannine Manuel
    Redmond, Coca Cola, Roka Bioscience, MetTel, Deutsche Telekom, Rockford Construction,  The Bay Club, tru Independence, Triton Management Services, DevCon, AXPM
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider44%
    Educational Organization13%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Logistics Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider38%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Retailer4%
    Educational Organization3%
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider62%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Transportation Company8%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider30%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Manufacturing Company4%
    Retailer4%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business43%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise39%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business48%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise41%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise64%

    Meraki SD-WAN is ranked 1st in Software Defined Networking (SDN) with 18 reviews while VMware SD-WAN is ranked 3rd in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 25 reviews. Meraki SD-WAN is rated 8.2, while VMware SD-WAN is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Meraki SD-WAN writes "Ultimate flexibility in this solution lends opportunities for creative problem solving and cost savings". 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". Meraki SD-WAN is most compared with Cisco SD-WAN, Versa FlexVNF, Cradlepoint NetCloud, Citrix SD-WAN and VMware NSX, whereas VMware SD-WAN is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco SD-WAN, Versa FlexVNF, Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks and Cato Networks.

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