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Cisco SD-WAN is #2 ranked solution in SD-WAN tools and top WAN Edge tools. PeerSpot users give Cisco SD-WAN an average rating of 8 out of 10. Cisco SD-WAN is most commonly compared to Fortinet FortiGate: Cisco SD-WAN vs Fortinet FortiGate. Cisco SD-WAN is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 60% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a comms service provider, accounting for 39% of all views.
What is Cisco SD-WAN?

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.”

Cisco SD-WAN was previously known as Viptela, Cisco vEdge Cloud Router.

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Data Center Engineer at Emerging Communication Limited
Real User
Scalable, has good technical support, and the policy configuration manager is helpful
Pros and Cons
  • "So far, the feature that I like best is the policy configuration manager."
  • "It would be very helpful if we had better access to a knowledge base, or online documentation, to help both us and our customers learn to use this solution."

What is our primary use case?

I recently provided Cisco SD-WAN to one of my customers for the first time. This customer had a traditional network and had been happy with the conversion to a software-defined WAN.

How has it helped my organization?

The introduction of Cisco SD-WAN, has make some greate change to our organization in terms of acquiring new knowledge as we are a cisco premium partner, we have to take some training on SD-WAN to understand the knowledge so that it will be easy for us to sell and implement to the end customer

What is most valuable?

So far, the feature that I like best is the policy configuration manager. It is better than performing a manual configuration.

What needs improvement?

It would be very helpful if we had better access to a knowledge base, or online documentation, to help both us and our customers learn to use this solution.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Cisco SD-WAN and doing online training for the past year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Cisco SD-WAN is a stable network solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is super scalable. Most of our clients are midsize and enterprise-level organizations. These include banks, social security funds, educational institutions, government departments, community groups, and agencies. 

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not contacted Cisco support specifically about SD-WAN, but I have dealt with them on other occasions and they are good. I would rate them a seven out of ten. Overall, I am satisfied with the support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Most of our customer using traditional WAN technologies and we are the one configuring and deploying those solution, now we are on the way of educating them the importance of SD-WAN and finally implenting it

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is somewhat complex, although we are currently learning about this solution. In our country, most of the customers do not know much about this type of technology, and we are the ones who are propagating Cisco SD-WAN. When it comes to the setup, it is not like a traditional, manual configuration.

What about the implementation team?

Level of expertise is good as mos to cisco engineer are certified in specific area 

What was our ROI?

Not yet calculated

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Setup cost is reasonably standard as it gives a complete WAN link utilization with perfomance of QoS

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes SD-WAN offered with VMware

What other advice do I have?

This is a good product and I totally recommend it.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
Head IT Operations at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Real User
Good support, provides for remote connectivity that is scalable and easy to manage

What is our primary use case?

I primarily use this solution for remote connectivity.

What is most valuable?

In a software-defined network architecture, it heals itself and the management of the solution is very easy.

What needs improvement?

This solution is expensive so pricing is a concern.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Cisco SD-WAN for about one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have had no issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution can scale from SMB to the enterprise level. It is very impressive. Scalability in this context does not concern users, but connections between the head office and branch offices. We do not deal with endpoints or end-users. We do not…

What is our primary use case?

I primarily use this solution for remote connectivity.

What is most valuable?

In a software-defined network architecture, it heals itself and the management of the solution is very easy.

What needs improvement?

This solution is expensive so pricing is a concern.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Cisco SD-WAN for about one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have had no issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution can scale from SMB to the enterprise level. It is very impressive.

Scalability in this context does not concern users, but connections between the head office and branch offices. We do not deal with endpoints or end-users.

We do not have plans for expansion or increasing our usage at this point.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have contacted technical support several times during the deployment phase and while troubleshooting. They are amazing. They are really helpful and the support is perfect.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We have only ever used Cisco solutions.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward.

For a regular customer, the deployment will probably take between 15 and 20 days.

What about the implementation team?

We deploy these types of products for our clients.

What other advice do I have?

This is a good solution. It's a new technology that people should look into because it provides for seamless management of the whole network, including switches. That said, there is always room for improvement.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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Dmitriy Ronkin
Networking Specialist at Transportation
Real User
Provides hybrid networking.

What is most valuable?

Viptela (router) SDN-based services:

  • Hybrid networking.
  • Combination of low-cost appliances and virtualization.

How has it helped my organization?

While it is not implemented in our organisation, I have been looking in SDN for quite a while and had some concern about hype and buzz words surrounding development of the subject.

With Viptela (Cisco is buying this start up), it is the golden average on what I would like to see in SDN implementation.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have not used it yet.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability (especially running in virtualized environment) is an issue SDN vendors do not talk about until customer learns the hard way. It has to be tested.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is a strong selling part of virtualized solutions. I hope it is the case for Viptela; something to test.

What other advice do I have?

This is definitely a product worthy of being evaluated and tested.

The attractive part is a combination of low-cost appliances and virtualization.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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