We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"It's a pretty straightforward solution."
"It's a cloud-based solution that integrates well with everything."
"The WAN aggregation feature is the most valuable."
"I haven't had any trouble, and practically forget that I'm using it."
"The feature that I find to be the most valuable is the bandwidth aggregation."
"The scalability is quite good."
"The most valuable feature is that it also works as a next-gen firewall because it has security features."
"The initial setup is quite simple."
"Configuration interfaces are quite easy and intuitive. Being a part of the Cisco environment, Cisco SD-WAN is quite straightforward."
"The first part that we like is that we can reuse certain hardware, which is a valuable asset. You can use hardware SKUs that already exist in the network. The second part that we like is the integration with the cloud and the measurement of the cloud's quality. These are the two values that this solution gives as compared to other implementations that we have seen."
"It is very stable with very good firmware."
"The segmented traffic it provides is the best in the industry right now."
"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."
"It's very easy to manage and monitor the network's health and security using the solution."
"The solution can scale. We haven't had any issues doing so."
"I would like to see better integration with identity providers."
"Cato Networks security could be better."
"We would like the product to continue to improve its security."
"They should add more sophisticated security features. It should also be integrated into the cloud."
"Its functionality is a bit limited in some areas as compared to a Cisco solution. It is not as granular. It doesn't have the manageability, feature set, and capabilities of a larger or an enterprise-level solution. It just needs a more robust feature set and granularity."
"The price could be better."
"They can't do one-to-one NAT (Network Address Translation) in AP (their access point), and that is something that Palo Alto can do."
"Some competitors are much faster in providing out-of-the-box solutions, more innovative solutions. In terms of innovation, in many cases, they're lagging behind."
"Its license model needs to be improved. They always make the license model too complex. There are too many license models and too many options. They should have a flexible license model. They can improve a lot of things in terms of scalability, templates, and automation, mainly automation for onboarding a number of sites. If you want some new features, it can take quite a long time. If you want a feature and it is not yet developed, you need to have the support of the business units to have the feature developed. If the feature is not on their roadmap, it can take quite some time before you get the feature."
"Better pricing and greater security would be nice to see."
"In the next release, Cisco should focus on simplifying the configuration of SD-WAN. SD-WAN has a lot of room to grow."
"The licensing model needs to be improved."
"It is the best solution that I ever had, but there might be something better than this in the future."
"The solution could have a better web interface to simplify changing configurations."
"Cisco's router and voice gateway has not been available since the launch of SD-WAN."
"If you compare with VeloCloud, the price is the same or even cheaper."
"You pay yearly based on the speed of your network. If you increase the speed of your network, you increase the cost for your throughput. It is by bandwidth for the most part and then licenses for VPN. There is some per-seat licensing for VPN access, but the majority of it is minimal. It is like $30 a year per client. The rest is based on how much bandwidth you'll use. You pay for that upfront for the year, and if you have to increase it, you increase it, and then they let you send more data through. There are no additional costs in addition to the standard licensing fees."
"The price is not an issue for us, as it is priced more competitively than some other vendors."
"Cato Networks seems more expensive than Cisco Meraki."
"The costs are a bit on the high side."
"80 percent reduction in WAN costs. There are no MPLS or P2P circuits left in the organization."
"Licensing is on a subscription basis."
"Cisco is more expensive than FortiGate."
"Cloud subscription management must be paid for, although this does not incur a perpetual fee."
"SD-WAN as a service is probably something in the neighborhood of $100 to $200 a month per location."
"It is much cheaper than other solutions. Most of our clients are the top 500 companies, and they all have a corporate contract."
"We pay for the Cisco Customer Care support, which is a couple of hundred dollars."
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Cato Networks is ranked 6th in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 7 reviews while Cisco SD-WAN is ranked 2nd in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 41 reviews. Cato Networks is rated 9.0, while Cisco SD-WAN is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Cato Networks writes "Easy to deploy, easy to manage, and helpful for network stability and reliability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco SD-WAN writes "Stable, cutting-edge, and robust". Cato Networks is most compared with Zscaler SASE, VMware SD-WAN, Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks, Fortinet FortiGate and Netskope CASB, whereas Cisco SD-WAN is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, VMware SD-WAN, Versa FlexVNF, Meraki SD-WAN and 128 Technology SD-WAN. See our Cato Networks vs. Cisco SD-WAN report.
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