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Find out what your peers are saying about Steelhead vs. Versa FlexVNF and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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Pros
"The compression of Riverbed is very powerful. It can also handle large quantities of traffic.""TCP optimization... caches a particular TCP connection and the next time a user uses that connection he will reach the destination easily.""I find the most valuable to be the compression and exchange replication.""It is very easy to install the solution."

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"It is very easy to deploy. The GUI interface is really good, and the security features are also very good. It is also stable and scalable, and their support is also good.""The most valuable aspects of the solution are the next-generation firewall features and geo-blocking capabilities.""Overall, it's nice and very user friendly. That's what makes it so successful. They give you complicated features but with a very simple user interface, and that's been a big success for them.""The flexibility is a great feature.""Their dashboard is also a good point for us and the customer. The solution is very clean and easy.""The solution is stable and suitable.""Our organization finds the application routing features extremely useful.""There are great security and ops features without the need for having a different box for security."

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Cons
"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.""Application response time and network performance could be improved.""They should include a network switch in a future release."

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"SASE is the next big thing that is coming up, and it needs to be developed in Versa. This is the only thing that needs to be adapted very quickly by Versa. With the pandemic going on, I would like to see more features for working from home. They have launched Versa Secure Access (VSA), but it is currently immature. They need to tighten it up for work from home and SD-WAN concept.""We are thinking about how to make customers consolidate the loads to an SD-WAN network so that the customers can have bigger chunk from the SD-WAN side so that customers can have critical data be transferred with NPS VPN and non-critical data or some labeled traffic can be transferred by the SD-WAN network. I think it's a very important direction for digital transformation.""Future releases should contain AI for the voice feature.""The UTM features can be improved. It should offer better functionality.""Another thing that should be improved in Versa are their firewall features.""The smaller units lack a lot of functionality.""I heard about them for the first time just before I started working on Versa. They do have blogs for information, but they could publicize more about the documentation and architecture. It doesn't seem to have that much exposure, and they should work on their customer base more.""With the pandemic and changing work models, it would be ideal if the product more accessibility options or more diversity within the solution itself."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "The price is expensive but it makes sense for the market."
  • "It is not very expensive because of the white box support. Its hardware is much cheaper than other products. With the support for x86 and white box, it is one of the most cost-effective platforms that are currently available."
  • "While I cannot provide too much commentary on the price, I feel it to be fair for the moment."
  • "We provide subscriptions for our customers on a yearly, not monthly, basis."
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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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    The flexibility is a great feature.
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    While I cannot provide too much commentary on the price, I feel it to be fair for the moment. I should note that Citrix or Cisco Meraki are coming out with more competitive prices. The comparative… more »
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    I don't have issues with the hardware, as the requisite capacity is visible in the data sheets. All the details in the data sheets are accounted for. But, I find myself confused when it comes to… more »
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    RIverbed Steelhead
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    Overview

    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.

    Versa FlexVNF is a multi-service, multi-tenant software platform built from ground up on cloud principles to deliver scale, segmentation, programmability and automation. It provides both networking and security functions in a single software along with service chaining capabilities.

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    Sample Customers
    ElAraby, SFK Leblanc, Bobst Group, Northwest Pipe Company, Halkbank, Tradebridge, EFG Hermes
    CenturyLink, RCN Business, Colt Technology Services
    Top Industries
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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%
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    Comms Service Provider89%
    Engineering Company11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider33%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise63%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise40%
    Large Enterprise40%
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    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise65%
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    Steelhead is ranked 13th in WAN Edge with 4 reviews while Versa FlexVNF is ranked 4th in WAN Edge with 10 reviews. Steelhead is rated 8.0, while Versa FlexVNF is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Steelhead writes "Scalable Data Referencing provides LAN-like speed over WAN". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Versa FlexVNF writes "Excellent integration capabilities, good UI and offers great security features". Steelhead is most compared with WAAS, Citrix SD-WAN, Silver Peak VX, Exinda and Sangfor WANO, whereas Versa FlexVNF is most compared with Cisco SD-WAN, VMware SD-WAN, Fortinet FortiGate and Meraki SD-WAN. See our Steelhead vs. Versa FlexVNF report.

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