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Find out what your peers are saying about Peplink SpeedFusion vs. Steelhead and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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"The SpeedFusion feature is good. It allowed us to move away from IPsec between the sites. It is also a really easy product to deploy.""The SpeedFusion feature is the most valuable.""Our customers find it to be an interesting and tempting solution."

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"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.""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."

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"They don't have next generation firewall, UTM, like the other competitors.""Their hardware support isn't the greatest. We've had one unit go down, and it took a while for them to replace it. It was in the Caribbeans, so it might be a location-related issue.""Its pricing is the main issue. The pricing could be improved. I would like to see an outbound policy based on the application. It is a very good feature, and most of the customers are looking for that. They can also include stronger firewall features. This would help the customers in choosing this product as the only device for the SD network."

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"They should include a network switch in a future release.""Application response time and network performance could be improved.""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.""The product should offer more integration capabilities."

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  • "It has lifetime licensing. Its pricing is high for most of the markets."
  • "Its licensing fee is on a yearly basis. For the price, it is actually pretty good value."
  • "Perpetual licensing, which is good for customers that don't want any annual or subscription based license."
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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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    Our customers find it to be an interesting and tempting solution.
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    For the licensing, I think Peplink has mostly perpetual licensing, which is good for customers that don't want an annual or subscription-based license. Any additional license that Peplink offers is… more »
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    A disadvantage for Peplink maybe the features are not as strong as those of their competitors. For example, the security itself, still uses very light web filtering and a firewall. They don't have a… more »
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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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    Peplink’s patent-pending SpeedFusion technology powers enterprise VPNs that tap into the bandwidth of up to 13 low-cost cable, DSL, 3G/4G/LTE, and other links connected anywhere on your corporate or institutional WAN. Whether you’re transferring a few documents or driving realtime POS data, video feeds, and VoIP conversations, SpeedFusion pumps all your data down a single fat datapipe that’s budget-friendly, ultra-fast, and easily configurable to suit any networking environment.

    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
    MIT Robotics Team, Intel, Apple, Google, Hootsuite, Northrop Gruman, Alcatel-Lucent, Motorola, Avocent, GE, VW, Marriott, Renaissance, WSI, Union /Pacific
    ElAraby, SFK Leblanc, Bobst Group, Northwest Pipe Company, Halkbank, Tradebridge, EFG Hermes
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider31%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Media Company5%
    Energy/Utilities Company21%
    Construction Company7%
    Media Company7%
    Comms Service Provider26%
    Computer Software Company26%
    Financial Services Firm8%
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    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise63%
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    Peplink SpeedFusion is ranked 12th in WAN Edge with 3 reviews while Steelhead is ranked 13th in WAN Edge with 4 reviews. Peplink SpeedFusion is rated 8.0, while Steelhead is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Peplink SpeedFusion writes "Offers bandwidth bundling and perpetual licensing". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Steelhead writes "Scalable Data Referencing provides LAN-like speed over WAN". Peplink SpeedFusion is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cradlepoint NetCloud, Cisco SD-WAN, F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) and Teldat SD-WAN, whereas Steelhead is most compared with WAAS, Citrix SD-WAN, Silver Peak VX, Exinda and Symantec Proxy. See our Peplink SpeedFusion vs. Steelhead report.

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