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Pros
"The most valuable feature is the ability to block users from reaching places that they should not even try to reach has been a boon.""It offers good visibility for the Administrator. The administrator has full visibility of what is blocked or has the knowledge of where users go when they are surfing the internet.""We like Cisco Umbrella because of DNS security. It's one step ahead of whatever we are using for regular web filtering. In that way, it's more secure than other web filtering products.""We've found it to be stable and good for our customers.""The security and access control features.""What we like most is security and how easy it is to integrate with other appliances.""There is much differentiation within the licensing so if anyone wants DNS security from the DNS security log, we are there already, and if anyone wants to go to a secure internet gateway, that is also available. We can get the integrated cloud DLP license keys. That is a good benefit with Cisco Umbrella. You can get a complete solution in a single licensing.""The initial setup is very easy and takes only a few minutes."

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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 solution is stable and suitable.""The most valuable aspects of the solution are the next-generation firewall features and geo-blocking capabilities.""The flexibility is a great feature.""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.""Their dashboard is also a good point for us and the customer. The solution is very clean and easy.""The division of Control Plane and Data Plane is most valuable. It can be deployed anywhere, and you can control it and configure it from anywhere. This is one of the good features of this solution.""Our organization finds the application routing features extremely useful."

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"The most valuable features are the orchestration layer, plug and play capabilities, and also the fact that you can either configure it as a full mesh or hard install.""There are 400 functionalities of the system.""VMware has been chosen by many of our customers who do not want to do a lot of complex routing in their environment and want a very easy-to-use solution. The most valuable features are simple troubleshooting, Dynamic Multipath Optimization (DMPO), and cybersecurity.""Anyone can migrate over to VeloCloud, it's that simple, just plug in the necessary cables and it's done.""The most valuable feature is the dynamic multipath optimization.""Proactively detects where problems might arise.""Has an optimization feature that acts to ensure the quality of the services running on the overlay to be most valuable.""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."

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Cons
"It should have a real-time malware classification engine. It should check the malware on the website. It would be good if it had a real-time malware check for the websites because currently, it just compares the DNS queries of the blacklist. It should also have malware control over file execution and the types of files that the users are allowed to download.""The product can be pretty expensive.""It should have more integrations with multiple end user OEMs.""The API is very Cisco orientated, which is absolutely fine if you're using Cisco Firepower and SecureX kind of products, but if you want to integrate with third parties, it is a bit tricky. There are some key API connectors for the more prevalent SIEM tools. I would really like to see in Cisco Umbrella the ability to create customized reports and then assign the rights to view these reports to people within a group. I should be able to create a customized report, which is viewable by anybody who has the rights. I should be able to create groups within Cisco Umbrella, and then assign reports to groups and have those reports split out automatically only to those groups. I can kind of do it by restricting my email list, but it is a half-complete way of doing it.""If the security issues are taken care of it would be better.""It has happened in the past that Cisco Umbrella has denied us access to secure websites.""This solution does not give us full, 360-degree protection.""The pricing is a bit high. Being outside of the USA, we have issues with the exchange rate."

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"Future releases should contain AI for the voice feature.""The UTM features can be improved. It should offer better functionality.""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.""The smaller units lack a lot of functionality.""The support needs to be improved.""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.""With the pandemic and changing work models, it would be ideal if the product more accessibility options or more diversity within the solution itself.""The security should be improved."

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"The solution doesn't offer failover between their own devices. If I want to, I should be able to put the two devices at the side, so there can be a failover.""VeloCloud could improve its integration capabilities with other solutions.""There is room for improvement with respect to security.""VeloCloud needs improvement in terms of its security features.""There is no security included, which is something that should be improved.""Can't execute commands quickly when troubleshooting. The graphic user interface is slow.""There should be more automation and self-service features.""They need to start focusing on the security functionality. They should find a way to embed the next-generation firewall functionality within the architecture. They should move more into applying SASE tenants to what they're doing."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "I am not sure, I don't have the numbers in front of me, but I think it's $1.00 or so per device/month."
  • "Cisco uses subscription models for the pricing and there are three subscription plans."
  • "The licensing part for Umbrella is really flexible."
  • "There are three models for licensing with different feature sets."
  • "I think it's worth the money."
  • "The price of Cisco Umbrella is a little higher than similar solutions, like Gateway."
  • "The price should be slightly lower than the current price because if you look at the whole solution, it is simply a threat intelligence solution to block blacklisted things. The price should be lower looking at the features provided by the solution. The price isn't too high either, but it could be lower."
  • "There is a subscription cost."
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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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  • "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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    Questions from the Community
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    Cisco Umbrella and Zscaler Internet Access are two broad-spectrum Internet security solutions that I have tried.… more »
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    Cisco Umbrella is an integral component of the Cisco SASE architecture. It integrates security in a single, cloud-native… more »
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    I like that it integrates with the infrastructure. I also like the kind of data and intelligence that's built-in. It… 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… 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… 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… 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
    OpenDNS
    FlexVNF
    VeloCloud
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    Overview

    OpenDNS provides easy-to-implement Internet navigation and Web security solutions for families, schools, governmental organizations and businesses of all sizes. The services provided by OpenDNS increase the speed of navigating websites and prevent unintended access to phishing and malware sites as well as to any Web content that you configure to be restricted.   

    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.

    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
    Chart Industries, City of Aspen, Eastern Mountain Sports, FLEXcon, George Washington University, Jackson Municipal Airport Authority, Ohio Public Library Information Network, PTC, Richland Community College, Smart Motors, Tulane University, VeriClaim
    CenturyLink, RCN Business, Colt Technology Services
    Redmond, Coca Cola, Roka Bioscience, MetTel, Deutsche Telekom, Rockford Construction,  The Bay Club, tru Independence, Triton Management Services, DevCon, AXPM
    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm16%
    Consumer Goods Company9%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Educational Organization6%
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    Comms Service Provider27%
    Computer Software Company26%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Government5%
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    Comms Service Provider89%
    Engineering Company11%
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    Comms Service Provider33%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Comms Service Provider62%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Transportation Company8%
    Manufacturing Company8%
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    Comms Service Provider30%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Manufacturing Company4%
    Retailer4%
    Company Size
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    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise36%
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    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise65%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise40%
    Large Enterprise40%
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    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise66%
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    Small Business48%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise41%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise64%
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    Versa FlexVNF is ranked 4th in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 10 reviews while VMware SD-WAN is ranked 3rd in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 25 reviews. Versa FlexVNF is rated 8.0, while VMware SD-WAN is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Versa FlexVNF writes "Excellent integration capabilities, good UI and offers great security features". 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". Versa FlexVNF is most compared with Cisco SD-WAN, Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki SD-WAN and Zscaler SASE, whereas VMware SD-WAN is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco SD-WAN, Meraki SD-WAN, Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks and Juniper Contrail Networking. See our VMware SD-WAN vs. Versa FlexVNF report.

    See our list of best Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions vendors, best WAN Edge vendors, and best Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) vendors.

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