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Pros
"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.""The user interface is great. It's very easy to tailor to our client's environment and needs.""Cisco Umbrella is a totally different solution. They are the first to come up with this idea of security. It's a totally new concept of security for everybody, for every time, real time, perfectionism.""The solution is extremely stable. It has excellent performance.""I think recently with many people working from home, Cisco Umbrella has been very useful. For example, we can manage the device and the network when the employee is not working on the local host. Cisco Umbrella is very valuable for this kind of infrastructure.""Overall, it is a very good solution. It is a simple solution and very easy to set up.""I like the original functionality, which allows for providing secure DNS services.""It's very stable, reliable and does its job."

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"The most valuable feature for one of our customers is the ability to stage cloud workloads from the local network.""I would absolutely recommend VeloCloud because it's user-friendly and because the integration is easier than with other solutions.""This solution is as stable as most firewalls. VMware is a reputable vendor.""It is fairly similar to other solutions. It has the capability for testing link connectivity, which is its unique feature from a control perspective.""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.""I have found the dynamic multipoint protocol(DNPO) most useful because it can tell you which is the best circuit to use for different types of traffic.""The most valuable feature is the dynamic multipath optimization.""Proactively detects where problems might arise."

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"The scalability of the solution is great.""I like its ease of use. It has a single pane of glass for the ZIA and ZPA pieces. It is very manageable. It is also very easy to deploy for secure access, and it gives half-decent coverage for visibility in terms of what the users use and what data is being proxied through the access gateway.""The most valuable features of this solution are the CASB solutions, which is protecting their Office 365."

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Cons
"In the next release, I would like to see the integration of VDI NSX with Cisco Umbrella.""The price could be better. The price is definitely a bit high, but we have to pay a premium for Cisco products.""I would like them to make some videos, practical videos, the kind with steps that people can use to learn and deploy""The product can be pretty expensive.""Cisco Umbrella should introduce an on-premises device.""One of the issues with Umbrella is as you get into endpoint detection and response, such as EDR point solutions, some of them will not integrate well with Umbrella. Sometimes when you want to use technology, such as Always On VPN, it will not work. There are some looming issues as one type of technology starts to crossover with Umbrella. That is the challenge and Umbrella should find a way to be more compatible with some of the endpoint response solutions that are coming out on the market.""I would like to see integration with SecurNX in the future.""There are cheaper solutions in the market"

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"The security of the firewall should be improved. It would be a good idea to have a standalone product with better security.""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.""There should be more automation and self-service features.""There are a number of customers we have that require a fully mashed SD-WAN on VeloCloud that is not available currently.""They need more gateways""The initial setup could be simplified for beginners.""VeloCloud needs improvement in terms of its security features.""The firewall can be more advanced."

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"It has massive room for improvement. The Zscaler product itself is okay, but it doesn't give enough granularity for us as an organization to stipulate rules or processes, especially for data-driven services. For instance, we can stick on SSL inspection, but it's just a click box. It doesn't allow us to go any further into the detail of the SSL inspection. We also can't pull it out without having an additional logging server. It just doesn't give us enough granularity. They should give us more control over the interfaces because it is all backend. They weren't very open to discussing their backend architecture with us in terms of their own data centers. They can maybe a little bit more open about what components are there and how the backend infrastructure works alongside Zscaler. Its licensing can be better. Some of the additional licensing costs are quite high, and they should have certain features ready and available as a baseline rather than having to purchase additional licenses for it. Their support should also be improved. I initially had a consultant from Zscaler for its deployment, but the support that I had throughout the deployment of the project wasn't the best.""There are latency issues with the solution. They are small, however, they are there when you compare it to other vendors.""The interface needs a bit of work."

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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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  • "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 has been relatively reasonable for what it does. Some of the additional license costs based on the advanced next-generation firewall functions are quite high, and they should have certain features ready and available as a baseline rather than having to purchase additional licenses for it. Overall, the cost seems reasonable."
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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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    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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    The most valuable features of this solution are the CASB solutions, which is protecting their Office 365.
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    It has been relatively reasonable for what it does. Some of the additional license costs based on the advanced… more »
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    The interface needs a bit of work. It could be a little more streamlined and more intuitive.
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    OpenDNS
    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.   

    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.

    For the last 30 years, networks have been connecting users to applications in the data center, which was surrounded by a secure perimeter to keep apps and data safe from the outside. But with applications moving to the cloud, IoT becoming more common, and users connecting from everywhere, network security is no longer able to solve the fundamental challenge of security and is instead adding significant complexity and cost.

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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
    Redmond, Coca Cola, Roka Bioscience, MetTel, Deutsche Telekom, Rockford Construction,  The Bay Club, tru Independence, Triton Management Services, DevCon, AXPM
    Siemens, AutoNation, GE, NOV
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Consumer Goods Company9%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Educational Organization6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider27%
    Computer Software Company26%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Government5%
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    Comms Service Provider62%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Transportation Company8%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider30%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Manufacturing Company4%
    Retailer4%
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    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise36%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise65%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business48%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise41%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise64%
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    VMware SD-WAN is ranked 3rd in Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) with 25 reviews while Zscaler SASE is ranked 10th in Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) with 3 reviews. VMware SD-WAN is rated 8.2, while Zscaler SASE is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of VMware SD-WAN writes "Scalable, has DMPO to ensure data integrity, good technical support, and zero-touch set up". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Zscaler SASE writes "Easy to deploy, use, and manage, but needs more granularity and control over the interfaces and better licensing and support". VMware SD-WAN is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco SD-WAN, Meraki SD-WAN, Versa FlexVNF and Juniper Contrail Networking, whereas Zscaler SASE is most compared with Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks, Cato Networks, Netskope CASB, Cloudflare Access and Perimeter 81. See our VMware SD-WAN vs. Zscaler SASE report.

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