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Meraki SD-WAN is #1 ranked solution in top Software Defined Networking. PeerSpot users give Meraki SD-WAN an average rating of 8 out of 10. Meraki SD-WAN is most commonly compared to VMware SD-WAN: Meraki SD-WAN vs VMware SD-WAN. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a comms service provider, accounting for 38% of all views.
What is Meraki SD-WAN?

Software-defined WAN is a new approach to network connectivity that lowers operational costs and improves resource usage for multi-site deployments, allowing network administrators to use bandwidth more efficiently and ensure the highest possible level of performance for critical applications without sacrificing security or data privacy. For more information on deploying and configuring SD-WAN on the Meraki MX Security Appliance, see the Meraki SD-WAN Deployment Guide.

Meraki SD-WAN Buyer's Guide

Download the Meraki SD-WAN Buyer's Guide including reviews and more. Updated: January 2022

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Jóhann G. Thorarensen
IT Manager at a educational organization with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Enables us to get valuable information from the system without having to go into every single device
Pros and Cons
  • "The most interesting feature is the amount of information you can get from overseeing the system from a centralized place."
  • "There could be more options for integration between other devices — sort of being able to more easily make everything integrated in one solution."

What is our primary use case?

I'm using Cisco Meraki, both for the firewall and software-defined network.  

For the time being, we are sort of picking out the best way to use it in terms of the number of licenses and what we actually need to be able to oversee and have control over — what we really need to do. We are still looking at what are the most essential parts and whether we should increase the number of licenses or just to keep what we already have at the moment. We are taking it step-by-step for now.  

What is most valuable?

In terms of the firewall, actually what I found most interesting was that the amount of information you can get from overseeing the system from a centralized place. For example, we know the way people logged in, when they logged out, and how they access work that is on individual computers. It provides a lot of information.  

So, basically the most valuable feature so far is just the information we can actually get from the system without actually having to go into every single device. You can just get it all from one point, gather all the information that would usually take you about up to 10 minutes per computer and get it almost instantly.  

In terms of Software Defined Networking, when our older firewall was used in the setup, it was a very different configuration of various computers. What we actually thought we had was sometimes outdated and possibly not being used at all in one or two cases. Using this product was a chance to find out where actually there are vulnerabilities in our system and which places need to be updated that had not been properly updated because they sort of fell between the cracks.  

What needs improvement?

Because I have not been using the product for very long, I'm really just learning it and being overwhelmed by the amount of information that I can actually get from the system. There is really nothing that I can think of at the moment that needs to be improved. I'm just really happy about basically everything. It might happen that something will become important sometime as we get more used to the product and we are able to look into it better. But for the moment it seems to cover everything we need.  

Possibly there may be more options for integration between computers, projectors, television — sort of being able to more easily make everything included in one solution. It would be even more useful.  

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the product for more than two months.  

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Our impressions of the stability of SD-WAN is good at this point. We have had no issues that I know of up until this moment.  Whether we will later on remains uncertain. For now  everything is stable and working well.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability of the solution does not seem like it will be a problem.  

How are customer service and technical support?

We have not had help directly from Cisco's technical support. We did have help once indirectly through another company that we used to help us to sort out our old system. That was two years ago and I was not personally involved.  

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Actually, I'm only now comparing how this system works to our experience with the old system we used. That is not something I can do instantly. But the reason we chose this solution was to consolidate and make use of improved features.  

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup for the product was straightforward and we had no issues. Our deployment took approximately only about two hours.  

What about the implementation team?

We did use the help of a consultant who knew more about the implementation of the product, but in the end, it really was just writing down which plug went from where to where. That was sort of our biggest issue.  

We were satisfied working with the consultant as they did help the process. In the end, we were sure it was set up correctly.  

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We went to a conference two years ago to start researching another solution like Fortinet  FortiGate. Meraki was the one that seemed to stand out more to me.  

What other advice do I have?

My advice to other people considering this as a solution is that I would probably just recommend them the same server and set up that we have. It sort of depends on what the person or the business needs. There are questions about how much control over it that you want to have, how much you really need to be able to oversee everything, et cetera. In terms of security issues, I think it is wonderful to be able to actually see where the pitfalls of our infrastructure are and stuff like that. But my gut feeling is I think I would probably just recommend the same system as we have.  

But the problem with that is I also don't know how Fortinet works because I haven't tested and implemented it myself. It looked promising when we researched it two years ago. I don't know, maybe it is just as good as Meraki. From what I've seen from comparisons between the two, they seem to be similar in terms of usability and price. I could be mistaken about some of that. But I'm happy with what we have, so I can recommend our system as something that is working for us.  

On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate Meraki SD-WAN, Software Defined Networking as an eight given the fact that I've only been working on it this short of time.  

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
MichielZyde
Junior System Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
Easy to configure and has a nice GUI, but the logging needs to be improved
Pros and Cons
  • "This is a high availability solution that is easy to configure and has a nice GUI."
  • "When there is an issue, I find it difficult to figure out what is going wrong because the logs do not provide as much information as solutions from HP."

What is our primary use case?

We are a company that provides IT solutions to other companies and this is one of the products that we implement for others.

What is most valuable?

This is a high availability solution that is easy to configure and has a nice GUI.

What needs improvement?

When there is an issue, I find it difficult to figure out what is going wrong because the logs do not provide as much information as solutions from HP. With HP you have the CLI, but with Meraki, there is no CLI and I find it a little bit annoying because you always have to work with the interface. In this regard, the interface could be improved.

Being able to log in remotely via SSL and access a CLI would be helpful because I prefer the CLI over a graphical interface.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not been in contact with technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have used many solutions from different vendors because these are products that we provide to other companies.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is pretty straightforward. When you configure your devices, you have to assign your licenses. You have to say where your devices are located and assign licenses per product. For example, you have to specify switches, access points, firewalls, etc. Once your devices are online you can configure them in the dashboard, and you're off.

What other advice do I have?

This is a fine product but there is always room for improvement. It is easy to manage and the user interface tells you when something is wrong, but there is always something that they can develop or integrate. 

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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ACT Solutions Architect at a venture capital & private equity firm with 51-200 employees
Real User
Simple to configure and good for the automatic creation of services
Pros and Cons
  • "This product has a simple configuration that can be accessed through a web interface or the API."
  • "It should be easier to install BGP and it should have a better backup."

What is our primary use case?

This is a software-defined networking solution in a wide area network.

What is most valuable?

This solution is good for the automatic creation of services.

This product has a simple configuration that can be accessed through a web interface or the API.

What needs improvement?

I think that it is the right time to research features such as IPsec IKEv2 and SSL decryption.

I would like a faster installation time in the next release.

It should be easier to install BGP and it should have a better backup. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Meraki SD-WAN for about two years.

We use the latest version in production environments. However, in the laboratories, we use the beta version to learn about the new features that we want to use in the future.

I focus on the technical aspects, configuration aspects, and monitoring aspects between the products to assist our customers.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a stable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Meraki SD-WAN is a scalable solution. We have implemented between 120 and 150 PCs.

What other advice do I have?

We are looking forward to using some of the features that we are currently testing in the beta. Some of these include data suppression options and an IPsec solution with IKEv2.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
ThomasChristen
Consultant at Bechtle Steffen Schweiz Ag
Consultant
Easy to use, a straightforward setup, and prioritizes traffic well
Pros and Cons
  • "The solution's ability to prioritize traffic is its most valuable feature."
  • "The solution needs a multi-use provider portal."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for our branch offices.

What is most valuable?

The solution's ability to prioritize traffic is its most valuable feature.

The solution is easy to use.

What needs improvement?

The solution needs a multi-use provider portal.

I'm not on the technical side, so I don't know if there is an area of the solution that needs improvement. There is a wish button in the product, and we're fine with that. 

The pricing could be a bit lower.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for two years now.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We've never had an issue with scalability. We have about 200 users on the solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

We've only ever used the solution's technical support once and it was fine.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We didn't previously use a different solution.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward.

What other advice do I have?

We use the public cloud deployment model. We're a Cisco partner.

Due to its overall ease of use, I'd recommend the solution.

I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner.
StephaneFaure
Engineering Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Reseller
Top 20
Stable and scalable with a very good dashboard

What is most valuable?

The dashboard is the solution's most valuable feature.

What needs improvement?

The solution lacks a certain amount of functionality and features. The VRRP design needs improvement.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is really good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We didn't previously use a different solution.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. Deployment times depend on the customer and the environment. If could be…

What is most valuable?

The dashboard is the solution's most valuable feature.

What needs improvement?

The solution lacks a certain amount of functionality and features.

The VRRP design needs improvement.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is really good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We didn't previously use a different solution.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. Deployment times depend on the customer and the environment. If could be anywhere from two days to six months.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked into Azure, but Azure didn't make AZ1s.

What other advice do I have?

We use the cloud deployment model. Meraki is a cloud solution.

I'd recommend the solution. I'd rate it eight out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Network and Cyber Security Presales Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Reseller
Offers good optimization, load balancing, and auto VPN features
Pros and Cons
  • "The Meraki SD-WAN solution is simple to deploy."
  • "They stopped doing WAN optimization as a feature set, which is lacking. They need to relook at that and consider WAN optimization as an option."

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case of this solution is for optimization, load balancing, and the different end links. We have a variety of customer enterprises that consist of small, medium, and large-size enterprise customers. More of our clients are moving to direct internet access, so we are getting rid of the current MPLS solutions.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the traffic shaping, the security that is built into the routers on MX, they have a lot of customer performance classes, the visibility, and the auto VPN features.

What needs improvement?

They stopped doing WAN optimization as a feature set, which is now lacking. They need to relook at that and consider WAN optimization as an option. 

I know that they have improved the security and have taken that off and that to me is critical on the MX. That's where they lack.

The reporting needs to be looked at. It needs to be more granular. The reporting on the actual solution isn't what the customers are wanting to get.

Scalability could improve to accommodate a larger enterprise.

In the next release, I would like to see the WAN optimization.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for twelve years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is stable and I have not found any issues in particular.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is scalable. It is not complex. On the Mx side, it could be a room for a high-end device and the highest you get is MX 450. It is scalable but it could improve for a larger enterprise.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup of this solution is easy. It is very intuitive when it comes to setups.

The deployment is very quick. We managed to roll out one hundred and sixty branches in a matter of a couple of months.

What was our ROI?

I don't deal with technical support directly, as I am on the design and retail side of things. As far as I understand, the technical support has been fairly competent. There haven't been any issues.

What other advice do I have?

The Meraki SD-WAN solution is simple to deploy.

You have to plan well and look at creating policies and create your templates prior to the installation.

What we found, was that while we were doing the implementation we were doing a lot of work. If we had planned before the actual implementation, then the entire rollout would have been much simpler.

The setup is simple but it terms of deployment, it is better to create your policies and the planning needs to be done prior to the actual deployment.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller.
AndreasRuemmeli
Solution Architect at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Simple to use, has a good outer VPN, and the dashboards are user-friendly

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for two purposes. One is to connect the different locations, and the other is for security.

What is most valuable?

The outer VPN is the solution's most valuable feature. The dashboard is user-friendly. It's very simple to use.

What needs improvement?

The solution could be improved if it added more features, especially monitoring and reporting features.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for two to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is okay, but the solution is much more suited to small and medium-sized companies and isn't really suited for large ones.…

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for two purposes. One is to connect the different locations, and the other is for security.

What is most valuable?

The outer VPN is the solution's most valuable feature.

The dashboard is user-friendly. It's very simple to use.

What needs improvement?

The solution could be improved if it added more features, especially monitoring and reporting features.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for two to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is okay, but the solution is much more suited to small and medium-sized companies and isn't really suited for large ones. If you have 500 to 1000 or 2000 people it's okay. For a large international company, it's not the right product. At the moment, we have about 2-3,000 users on the solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support has been very good. We're satisfied with the level of service they offer.

How was the initial setup?

The solution is straightforward. As long as you can get all of the required information from the client, it's very easy. 

How long it takes to deploy depends on the requirements. It can vary. To configure it is easy, but in most cases, we don't get all the information from the customer which can hold things up a bit.

We have about 20 people for deployment and maintenance.

What about the implementation team?

We handle the deployment ourselves.

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

Licensing is on a monthly basis. There are also fees for technical support.

What other advice do I have?

We're a Cisco partner.

I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner.
Director IT/TI for Cloud SME at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Good stability, with a straightforward setup, but endpoint security needs improvement

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use it to provide SD-WAN solutions for our customers.

What is most valuable?

The solution is a whole vertical solution, so it doesn't need any other components in order to provide basic features. 

What needs improvement?

The security of the solution needs to be improved. The adoption of endpoint services or endpoint security should be developed in future releases.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for five to ten years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is relatively stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is not scalable for high-end customers. Meraki is really flexible and can start from really small sites, so it's better…

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use it to provide SD-WAN solutions for our customers.

What is most valuable?

The solution is a whole vertical solution, so it doesn't need any other components in order to provide basic features. 

What needs improvement?

The security of the solution needs to be improved.

The adoption of endpoint services or endpoint security should be developed in future releases.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for five to ten years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is relatively stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is not scalable for high-end customers. Meraki is really flexible and can start from really small sites, so it's better suited to the SME market. When you reach a situation where you have a high number of sites with a high level of complexity, then Cisco Meraki probably lacks a bit of flexibility.

How are customer service and technical support?

I've never had to reach out to technical support.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward; it's not that complex. How long it takes to deploy depends on the customer's requirements and how complex their infrastructure is.

What about the implementation team?

We're a distributor. We deploy the solution on-premises for our clients.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did evaluate other options, but we're very happy with Cisco Meraki.

What other advice do I have?

The advice I would give to others considering implementing the solution would be to start small and be patient.

I'd rate the solution seven out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner.
it_user869685
Partner and Chairman at Engitel
User
Provides zero touch configuration onsite based on the manager system's pre-configuration

What is our primary use case?

We did only a short evaluation focused in training to show the main functions of the dashboard and VPN implementation.

How has it helped my organization?

Not for now, we are still in the test stage and implementing a laboratory with a basic topology: firewall, switch, and AP.

What is most valuable?

Zero touch configuration onsite based on the manager system's pre-configuration and the VPN automation set.

What needs improvement?

Perimetral security for new requirements on financial networks and DRP systems, like SAP.  It should send email alerts.

For how long have I used the solution?

Trial/evaluations only.

What is our primary use case?

We did only a short evaluation focused in training to show the main functions of the dashboard and VPN implementation.

How has it helped my organization?

Not for now, we are still in the test stage and implementing a laboratory with a basic topology: firewall, switch, and AP.

What is most valuable?

Zero touch configuration onsite based on the manager system's pre-configuration and the VPN automation set.

What needs improvement?

Perimetral security for new requirements on financial networks and DRP systems, like SAP. 

It should send email alerts.

For how long have I used the solution?

Trial/evaluations only.
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: