We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"From my observations, Cisco has been rolling out new features every other day, so I would say their speed of innovation is one of the most valuable aspects for me."
"Huge companies use SD-WAN. It is largely scalable."
"This solution comes with comprehensive technical support."
"If I have to give a neutral view of all the SD-WAN platforms that I have known so far, Cisco is good in routing."
"Customizing SD-WAN is very easy because you can define two colors. You can define two different operators. You can deploy a partial mesh, a full mesh, or hub-and-spoke totally differently. If you want to do this on a DMVPN solution, that's really hard."
"The reliability is high and we have only had to restart it once or twice over the years."
"We would recommend this solution to customers looking to implement it on a global scale. We recommend the solution, not only because of the functionality or the technical support, but also because of the delivery of the solution, and the docking and upgrading capabilities."
"There have been no issues with stability."
"The most valuable feature is security, as it gives me the port bindings that cannot be accomplished using other solutions."
"The scalability and stability are quite good in general."
"The most valuable feature is its reliability."
"Downtime for branch offices is now almost zero. We have 100% real-time visibility into all of our lines. MPLS links have been replaced with lower-cost links, saving a larger percentage of line costs. Overall, I see SD-WAN as a must. And the Citrix SD-WAN product has delivered on expectations and exceeded them. (With later firmware updates we now have good firewall capabilities in the product too)."
"The best feature is the backup capability, where all of the users' computers are tied into a central data repository."
"The process of onboarding the vSmart, vBond, and vManage should be improved to make it easier to manage in general."
"The initial setup could be a bit less complex."
"Since Cisco acquired Viptela, the stability of this solution has given problems since it is quite new."
"Customers require features that are secure for endpoints, on-premises, and for the cloud."
"The client portal needs to be improved in order to make the solution much better."
"The bandwidth limitations would be good to remove, but it is a policy and license situation for Cisco because the cost is very high. It would be good to have OTP implemented with VRF. It can have support for EIGRP Over the Top (OTP) VRF. I saw some limitations in regards to the VRF protocol and the advertisement between VRF configuration. EIGRP Over the Top basically was quite limited with the VRF configuration. If you wanted to do rollback in VRF by using the EIGRP OTP protocol, the formation was not populated across. Cisco got back and confirmed that it is a configuration that I need to wait for until the next release, which is going to happen in one year. Cisco documentation is not the way it used to be before. It just gives an easy way to configure, but it doesn't go into the details of the configuration. The information that you need is there, but sometimes you want to go further and get more information, but the information is quite limited. It would be good to cover a few business cases or configuration cases. They used to be there in the past."
"The Cisco way of thinking is to create umbrella-like solutions. I would prefer it if this solution was separate from the entire monstrous Cisco portfolio."
"They should enhance the reporting because, as it is today, they need more executive-level reports."
"I would like to either see the price reduced or have it packaged with other products to give better value for the money."
"Citrix should continue to offer a perpetual licensing model because it is very important to us."
"I would like to see support for additional reporting."
"The initial setup could be a bit easier."
"The firewall reporting could be easier to use and filter. (It works well enough, but if I need to give an area for improvement, I think this would be it.). The built-in reporting on the product in this regard is not great."
"Cisco's pricing is not entirely satisfactory when you compare the SD-WAN solutions in Asian markets — like the South Asian market in Sri Lanka — because there are several competing brands including Fortinet and Citrix, who provide much the same product for a generally lower price. And when it comes to firewall vendors like Palo Alto and SonicWall, they're also selling here. It's the same with VMware, too; they have much the same features."
"The price of the solution is the only negative factor, it is much more expensive compared with the Cisco Meraki SD-WAN solution."
"SD-WAN as a service is probably something in the neighborhood of $100 to $200 a month per location."
"It is going to be on a yearly basis. There are no additional costs."
"The license consists of an annual fee."
"Cisco is more expensive than FortiGate."
"We pay for the Cisco Customer Care support, which is a couple of hundred dollars."
"It's expensive. If you compare Cisco with Fortinet and Juniper, you'll find that Cisco is more expensive than other vendors."
"The price of the subscription should be cheaper."
"As NetScaler is now, I find it quite pricey."
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Citrix SD-WAN (formerly NetScaler SD-WAN) is a next- generation WAN Edge solution that simplifies digital transformation for enterprises. It offers the best application experience for SaaS, cloud, and virtual apps & desktops; comprehensive security; and cloud choice with automation to ensure an always-on workspace.
Cisco SD-WAN is ranked 2nd in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 41 reviews while Citrix SD-WAN is ranked 7th in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 5 reviews. Cisco SD-WAN is rated 8.0, while Citrix SD-WAN is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Cisco SD-WAN writes "Stable, cutting-edge, and robust". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Citrix SD-WAN writes "Lines run Active-Active so we get better bandwidth usage and we don't have backup lines sitting idle". Cisco SD-WAN is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, VMware SD-WAN, Versa FlexVNF, Meraki SD-WAN and Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect, whereas Citrix SD-WAN is most compared with VMware SD-WAN, Steelhead, Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki SD-WAN and WAAS. See our Cisco SD-WAN vs. Citrix SD-WAN report.
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