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Find out what your peers are saying about Citrix SD-WAN vs. Steelhead and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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"The most valuable feature is security, as it gives me the port bindings that cannot be accomplished using other solutions.""The best feature is the backup capability, where all of the users' computers are tied into a central data repository.""The scalability and stability are quite good in general.""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 most valuable feature is its reliability."

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"It is very easy to install the solution.""TCP optimization... caches a particular TCP connection and the next time a user uses that connection he will reach the destination easily.""The compression of Riverbed is very powerful. It can also handle large quantities of traffic.""I find the most valuable to be the compression and exchange replication."

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Cons
"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.""I would like to see support for additional reporting.""Citrix should continue to offer a perpetual licensing model because it is very important to us.""I would like to either see the price reduced or have it packaged with other products to give better value for the money."

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"Application response time and network performance could be improved.""The product should offer more integration capabilities.""If we load a primary firewall, the secondary firewall usually handles all the active connections, but in Riverbed, this isn't the case. We lose all the active connections at the moment of failure.""They should include a network switch in a future release."

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  • "As NetScaler is now, I find it quite pricey."
  • "The price of the subscription should be cheaper."
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  • "The solution is expensive and the service contacts are costly too. The cost of the device makes the value proposition borderline acceptable for us. The service contract fees we pay is approximately $30,000 annually."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: 
    The best feature is the backup capability, where all of the users' computers are tied into a central data repository.
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    We have a perpetual license, which is very important because it allows us to manage our costs, rather than having a monthly or yearly subscription. A yearly license is okay except that we consider… more »
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    Citrix should continue to offer a perpetual licensing model because it is very important to us.
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    We just did an assessment for our 47 datacenters around North America. The top two enterprise-level network monitoring solutions were ExtraHop first, Riverbed SteelCenter second. Their negotiated cost… more »
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    The compression of Riverbed is very powerful. It can also handle large quantities of traffic.
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    It's for a very specific use case. It's not for everything. Although the solution is very powerful, it doesn't apply to all enterprises. There is only one feature that needs to be improved. In the… more »
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    Also Known As
    Citrix CloudBridge, WOC, NetScaler SD-WAN
    RIverbed Steelhead
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    Overview

    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.

    Riverbed SteelHead CX is the industry's #1 WAN optimization solution. SteelHead CX is proven to dramatically speed up the performance of applications anywhere in the organization while delivering the best end-user experience even under sub optimal network conditions. Reduce bandwidth utilization by up to 95%, deferring costly network bandwidth upgrades. Increase performance by up to 100x for on-premises applications.

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    Sample Customers
    AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Cornerstone Home Lending Inc., Dallara, ecVision, Essar, Eurofred, Groupe Promutuel, HMSHost Corporation, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Ltd, Royal Caribbean International
    ElAraby, SFK Leblanc, Bobst Group, Northwest Pipe Company, Halkbank, Tradebridge, EFG Hermes
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider33%
    Computer Software Company30%
    Government5%
    Financial Services Firm4%
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    Government29%
    Energy/Utilities Company21%
    Construction Company7%
    Media Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider26%
    Computer Software Company26%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Government5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise50%
    Large Enterprise38%
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    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise63%
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    Citrix SD-WAN is ranked 2nd in WAN Optimization with 5 reviews while Steelhead is ranked 4th in WAN Optimization with 4 reviews. Citrix SD-WAN is rated 9.0, while Steelhead is rated 8.0. 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". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Steelhead writes "Scalable Data Referencing provides LAN-like speed over WAN". Citrix SD-WAN is most compared with Cisco SD-WAN, VMware SD-WAN, Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki SD-WAN and WAAS, whereas Steelhead is most compared with WAAS, Silver Peak VX, Exinda, Cisco SD-WAN and Silver Peak NX. See our Citrix SD-WAN vs. Steelhead report.

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