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"There have been no issues with stability.""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.""The user experience is pretty good.""This solution can scale from SMB to the enterprise level. It is very impressive.""So far, the feature that I like best is the policy configuration manager.""Cisco SD-WAN is a very good product.""I like the feature that lets you transfer from old devices to new devices without changing the hardware and subscription.""The segmented traffic it provides is the best in the industry right now."

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"Anyone can migrate over to VeloCloud, it's that simple, just plug in the necessary cables and it's done.""The biggest feature is called D.M.P.O., or Dynamic Multipath Optimization, which is one of the technologies that they use to deliver or ensure data integrity.""They make use of a combination of different internet lines, which improves quality.""Has an optimization feature that acts to ensure the quality of the services running on the overlay to be most valuable.""In my experience, the setup process has been fairly straightforward.""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.""The cloud gateway is a very good feature for scaling purposes, etc.""The service they provide is very stable and is the main influencer of why customers purchase this solution."

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"The whole solution needs to be re-imagined. It's quite complex right now and really needs to be simplified to make it easier for those of us using it. It should offer more simplified management as well.""One of the major areas that Cisco can improve on with their SD-WAN offering is their security features. When compared with Fortinet, who have what they call their 'security pillars' (e.g. firewall and security features built-in to their SD-WAN solutions), Cisco generally comes up short. With Cisco, if you need a security component, you have to pay more to get it done. So if they could add more security features that come part and parcel with their existing solutions, then I think Cisco could be very aggressive in the market.""When it comes to adding more security features, you need to add more RAM.""The solution needs to be more flexible around legacy devices.""Cisco could do more to offer bundling of the SD-WAN and other solutions.""In the next release, Cisco should focus on simplifying the configuration of SD-WAN. SD-WAN has a lot of room to grow.""It is the best solution that I ever had, but there might be something better than this in the future.""Cisco products are a little bit complicated, so making them a little bit easier would be an improvement."

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"VeloCloud could improve its integration capabilities with other solutions.""There is no security included, which is something that should be improved.""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.""I would like for them to upgrade to 5G integration. Our customers have 4G now and the connectivity isn't good. It should be much faster.""VeloCloud needs improvement in terms of its security features.""There is room for improvement with respect to security.""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
"SD-WAN as a service is probably something in the neighborhood of $100 to $200 a month per location.""The price is high.""The license consists of an annual fee.""We pay for the Cisco Customer Care support, which is a couple of hundred dollars.""Cisco is more expensive than some competing products.""The license model is too complex with too many flavors and options. You might not be able to see it from an end user's point of view, but from a telco point of view, their license model is too complex. They should have a flexible license model. If you want to have good pricing, you need to buy it for a two-year, four-year, or five-year license immediately. Some other vendors have much more flexible license models.""It is much cheaper than other solutions. Most of our clients are the top 500 companies, and they all have a corporate contract.""There is no license required for this solution."

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"VeloCloud performs as well as the Cisco SD-WAN but it is cheaper in price.""My understanding is that the pricing is in the same range as other solutions.""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 pricing is very comparable to Fortinet.""You need to pay for a license to use this product.""The price of this solution is higher than that of other SD-WAN vendors.""The price of the solution could be reduced.""The price of this solution should be lower."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: 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.
Top Answer: It is not the cheapest solution on the market, however, without a doubt, it is one of the options that best handles complex topologies. Therefore there is a need to know more accurately what the… more »
Top Answer: It is transversal to all industries. What is important is to work on the costs of the solution. On the technical side, manufacturer-independent solutions should be able to handle different topologies… more »
Top Answer: 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 »
Top Answer: There are 400 functionalities of the system.
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Viptela, Cisco vEdge Cloud Router
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Overview

Deploy software-defined WAN without compromising the application experience.

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
Doyle Research, Ashton Metzler & Associates
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 Provider50%
Transportation Company10%
Real Estate/Law Firm10%
Computer Software Company10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider39%
Computer Software Company22%
Manufacturing Company4%
Government4%
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider62%
Financial Services Firm15%
Transportation Company8%
Manufacturing Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider30%
Computer Software Company24%
Retailer5%
Manufacturing Company4%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business47%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise37%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business22%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise59%
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Small Business50%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise38%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business20%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise65%
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Cisco SD-WAN is ranked 2nd in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 41 reviews while VMware SD-WAN is ranked 4th in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 23 reviews. Cisco SD-WAN is rated 8.0, while VMware SD-WAN is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Cisco SD-WAN writes "Stable, cutting-edge, and robust". 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". Cisco SD-WAN is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Versa FlexVNF, Meraki SD-WAN, Citrix SD-WAN and Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect, whereas VMware SD-WAN is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki SD-WAN, Versa FlexVNF, Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks and Cato Networks. See our Cisco SD-WAN vs. VMware SD-WAN report.

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