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Juniper Contrail SD-WAN is #15 ranked solution in SD-WAN tools and #16 ranked solution in top WAN Edge tools. IT Central Station users give Juniper Contrail SD-WAN an average rating of 8 out of 10. Juniper Contrail SD-WAN is most commonly compared to Fortinet FortiGate:Juniper Contrail SD-WAN vs Fortinet FortiGate. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a comms service provider, accounting for 39% of all views.
What is Juniper Contrail SD-WAN?

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.

Juniper Contrail SD-WAN was previously known as Contrail SD-WAN.

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Download the Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions Buyer's Guide including reviews and more. Updated: November 2021

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What users are saying about Juniper Contrail SD-WAN pricing:
  • "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."

Juniper Contrail SD-WAN Reviews

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Damilola Sanni
Network Security Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5
Provides layer four to seven protection but does not support a next-generation firewall

Pros and Cons

  • "It gives you that level of visibility to understand what's going on between layer four and layer seven."
  • "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."

What is our primary use case?

I am a partner and we deploy Juniper and other solutions for our customers. Right now, we are mainly focused on Juniper Contrail SD-WAN.

What is most valuable?

Juniper has layer four to seven protection. It gives you that level of visibility to understand what's going on between layer four and layer seven. Another nice thing about Juniper is that it helps us reduce bandwidth. By reducing bandwidth, I am referring to the difference when it comes to competitors' MPLS circuits. With Juniper, it cuts all of that back. To deploy on the cloud, we don't need to move from one branch to another, or from one data center to another. Juniper SD-WAN gives you that platform for cloud migration. You can deploy to AWS, and GCP — that's Google cloud — without any sort of extra bandwidth from the MPLS circuits.

What needs improvement?

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 an additional next-generation firewall — it's an add-on to the initial implementation. Juniper doesn't really provide a next-generation firewall; the add-on function is just not there either. That's something that should be improved on.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been dealing with Juniper for just over one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Juniper is very stable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Juniper is very scalable regardless of how large a company gets.

How are customer service and technical support?

We provide support to our clients, but we also receive support from Juniper as well. Still, as we've only completed one deployment so far, I haven't had much contact with them yet. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. It's very easy and doesn't take much time.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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 and that before you can use Juniper." It's very, very flexible depending on whatever is in the IT infrastructure.

When it comes to licensing, Fortinet is more expensive. That's why some of our customers prefer Juniper. Sometimes they prefer Juniper over Fortinet if they're a larger enterprise, too.

What other advice do I have?

I would absolutely recommend Juniper, but only to small to medium-sized organizations. For larger enterprises, I would recommend Fortinet. Juniper is a good choice for smaller organizations that don't have the budget for Fortinet.

Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give Juniper a rating of seven. 

The dashboard seems a little bit complex. The Initial setup is great but the dashboard seems a little bit too complex for IT personnel who are being trained. The dashboard should be simplified just to ensure that people who are being trained learn faster. Also, as I mentioned, a next-generation firewall cannot be added on. If they improved these things, then I would give Juniper a higher rating. These features would also help Juniper gain traction in the Nigerian market. 

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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ZK
CEO at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Reseller
Top 20
Excellent support, scalable, and stable

Pros and Cons

  • "The support is very good from Juniper and from the local distributors."
  • "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."

What is our primary use case?

Any network that is on-premise and hardwired, whether it be banks, universities, or the public sector, can be made into a software-defined wide area network rather than a physical one with this solution. This allows more flexibility to increase or decrease the network.

How has it helped my organization?

Greater flexibility, stablity, and lower.operational costs

What needs improvement?

When it comes to sales of the solution they need to work on marketing and awareness. Solution is best in the market.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been involved with Juniper Contrail SD-WAN for approximately 9 months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable and you can leave products for years with no resetting. With products like Cisco we had to reset regularly. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Juniper Contrail SD-WAN is scalable by hardware and software options.

How are customer service and technical support?

The support is very good from Juniper and from the local channel partners.

How was the initial setup?

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 time can vary depending on the environment but it typically takes 30 to 60 days. It all depends on scope of the project.

What about the implementation team?

Implemented by Juniper channel partner, Beyond Technology MEA

What was our ROI?

JUNIPER CDWAN ROI is excellent as product has long life cycle and therefore supported with no need to buy replacement products. Lower operating costs are also there as no resetting required and products being carrier grade. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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. Overall its excellent ROI as lower cost in longer term through lower opex costs as well.as longer lifetime. Juniper products having long lifetimes versus regular replacements of products by its competitors in our experience.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have evaluated other solutions such as Huawei, Cisco, and Fortinet.

What other advice do I have?

We have had good feedback on Juniper overall across all of its product lines with our customers.

I would recommend this solution to others.

I rate Juniper Contrail SD-WAN a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Google
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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