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Pros
"The support is very good from Juniper and from the local distributors.""It gives you that level of visibility to understand what's going on between layer four and layer seven."

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"Increases the performance of applications and is easy to deploy.""Proactively detects where problems might arise.""The service they provide is very stable and is the main influencer of why customers purchase this solution.""Anyone can migrate over to VeloCloud, it's that simple, just plug in the necessary cables and it's done.""It is fairly similar to other solutions. It has the capability for testing link connectivity, which is its unique feature from a control perspective.""It is very simple to configure. When you use the cloud to configure the equipment, it has zero-touch provisioning.""The most valuable feature is load balancing.""They make use of a combination of different internet lines, which improves quality."

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Cons
"The solution installs similarly to competitors. It is not more difficult or easier. However, it could be easier and take less time for the installation.""The training could be better. When it comes to the demo dashboard capability, I feel like it could be much easier for our customers to use. Our last customer complained about this."

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"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.""There are a number of customers we have that require a fully mashed SD-WAN on VeloCloud that is not available currently.""There is no security included, which is something that should be improved.""Technical support is in need of improvement.""VMware SD-WAN could be improved with more automation and more integration, but each vendor could use these improvements.""Can't execute commands quickly when troubleshooting. The graphic user interface is slow.""They should provide us with the flexibility to scale up.""Reporting is an area that can be improved, as there are some features that are lacking with the reporting aspect."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The licensing structure is very flexible."
  • "The cost of the solution is a little expensive. The hardware is a one-time purchase fee and the software is purchased on an annual basis. There are additional costs for other software features that are available which are on an annual basis, such as extra capacity."
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  • "VeloCloud performs as well as the Cisco SD-WAN but it is cheaper in price."
  • "The price of this solution is higher than that of other SD-WAN vendors."
  • "The price of this solution should be lower."
  • "The pricing is very comparable to Fortinet."
  • "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 cost of VMware SD-WAN is high, but I think you can still get better pricing if your volume is high."
  • "The price of the solution could be reduced."
  • "My understanding is that the pricing is in the same range as other solutions."
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    It gives you that level of visibility to understand what's going on between layer four and layer seven.
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    The licensing structure is very flexible. It's very flexible depending on what exactly is in a customer's IT infrastructure. It's not rigid at all. It's not as if they say, "Oh, you need to have this… more »
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    The training could be better. When it comes to the demo dashboard capability, I feel like it could be much easier for our customers to use. Our last customer complained about this. Fortinet comes with… more »
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    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 »
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    This solution is as stable as most firewalls. VMware is a reputable vendor.
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    Also Known As
    Contrail SD-WAN
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    Overview

    Contrail SD-WAN delivers a simple, automated multicloud SD-WAN. It enables you to create an evolvable architecture to simplify growth, from secure routers to SD-WAN, SD-Branch, and beyond. It automates the WAN edge across Juniper virtual cloud endpoints and on-premises next-generation firewall or universal CPE platforms. And it provisions and enforces multilevel security policy at scale, across multiple clouds and enterprise sites with diverse topologies.

    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
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    Redmond, Coca Cola, Roka Bioscience, MetTel, Deutsche Telekom, Rockford Construction,  The Bay Club, tru Independence, Triton Management Services, DevCon, AXPM
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    Computer Software Company21%
    Retailer6%
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    Financial Services Firm15%
    Transportation Company8%
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    Small Business48%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise41%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise64%
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    Juniper Contrail SD-WAN is ranked 15th in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 2 reviews while VMware SD-WAN is ranked 3rd in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 25 reviews. Juniper Contrail SD-WAN is rated 7.0, while VMware SD-WAN is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Juniper Contrail SD-WAN writes "Provides layer four to seven protection but does not support a next-generation firewall". 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". Juniper Contrail SD-WAN is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate and Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect, whereas VMware SD-WAN is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco SD-WAN, Meraki SD-WAN and Versa FlexVNF. See our Juniper Contrail SD-WAN vs. VMware SD-WAN report.

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