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2020-01-07T06:27:00Z

What advice do you have for others considering Cisco SD-WAN?

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If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Cisco SD-WAN, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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Top 5User

This is a great solution.

2021-09-29T19:16:00Z
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Top 5Real User

I would rate Cisco SD-WAN seven out of 10.

2021-09-25T12:43:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We're a service partner. As implementors, we install all versions. Usually, however, when we get involved, it's always the latest version that we are installing. I'd advise users to understand what they're getting. It's a good idea to probably do a POC to see it and make sure it meets all the requirements that the company is looking for before buying in completely. I'd rate the solution at a six out of ten.

2021-08-26T22:03:45Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

I would recommend this solution to others. I rate Cisco SD-WAN a ten out of ten.

2021-06-03T10:08:47Z
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Top 20Real User

Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give this solution a rating of nine. If you're interested in using this solution, first ask yourself how often do you need to change your network configuration? If you rarely have to switch, then you don't need SD-WAN.

2021-05-27T05:51:33Z
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Top 20Reseller

Typically, we are technology agnostic, therefore, we can support clients in implementing systems, using different kinds of technologies. Among them is Cisco. We tend to work with hybrid deployments as the major pain point for clients is to harmonize, to have public and private clouds working together. There is no distinction for clients between public and private. Typically, they call us to organize to a single pane of glass, where they can control all the cloud, their network activities in a very simple, seamless way. The difficulty today is exactly putting together to work a very diverse kind of hardware ecosystem ranging from Google Cloud or Amazon Cloud, Azure that is growing exponentially these days, and plus all the enterprise data center, and putting all these elements together. Sometimes after mergers and acquisitions, we have to patch together pieces of hardware from different organizations that are not even compatible. For example, very recently, we supported the MNA integration of two different companies, and they were using two completely different systems. One was based on Cisco, the other one on Fortinet and Palo Alto, and was using lots of data. That is the problem today. Unifying all the settings, all the controls using a kind of centralized control and making sure that public and private clouds are working together in a very seamless fashion. I'd rate the solution at a perfect ten out of ten.

2021-05-15T06:02:48Z
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Top 5MSP

I would advise potential users to try Cisco and see if they offer more for their enterprise needs. I would recommend Cisco SD-WAN to new users. On a scale from one to ten, I would give Cisco SD-WAN a nine.

2021-05-11T17:39:36Z
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Top 20Real User

We're a service provider and a Cisco Partner. We use Cisco technology in implementing the services. I'm not sure or which version of the solution we are using. It's likely the latest, however, I'm not sure of the version number. The solution is deployed both on-premises and on cloud and with Meraki and with Stellar. I would recommend the solution. I'd rate the solution nine out of ten.

2021-02-11T14:27:16Z
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MSP

We are a Cisco partner. I've worked with a variety of different versions of the solution. I'm not always using the latest version. Cisco is a very professional organization. They offer good support. I would rate the solution at a seven out of ten.

2021-02-10T19:18:20Z
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Top 20Reseller

My overall advice is that if you already have your network security established, then Cisco SD-WAN is a good, solid solution for the rest of the networking components. However, if you require more of an all-in-one SD-WAN solution that incorporates security from the beginning, you might want to look elsewhere. I would rate Cisco SD-WAN a seven out of ten.

2021-02-03T14:04:25Z
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Real User

We're partners for Cisco. We're resellers and implementers. For the routers, we are using versions 73.2 and 16.12.3. We use both cloud and on-premises deployment models. Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would rate this product at an eight. We've mostly been quite happy with it.

2021-01-23T10:05:52Z
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Top 20Real User

We would recommend this solution to customers looking to implement it on a global scale. We recommend the solution, not only because of the functionality or the technical support, but also because of the delivery of the solution, and the docking and upgrading capabilities.

2021-01-06T17:14:00Z
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Top 20Real User

I would recommend it only if you have the budget to buy and implement a good solution with Cisco. Otherwise, unfortunate for Cisco, there are other vendors. They do the job pretty well. They are able to deliver what you require in the same way that Cisco does, but the price is going to be a little bit affordable for the company. In my company, we don't have any plans of buying anything related to SD-WAN, but, in terms of personal growth, I'm planning to get more information and more knowledge about SD-WAN. There are a couple of courses that I could learn from. I would rate Cisco SD-WAN a six out of ten. It is a good solution with SD-WAN, but it is not the best.

2020-11-16T19:21:59Z
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Real User

I would rate Cisco SD-WAN a seven out of ten.

2020-11-03T16:26:33Z
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Top 20Real User

I would recommend checking the exact amount of bandwidth that you really need. We have installed double one links for our office, but you probably don't need a gig link or a hundred mega link. I would rate Cisco SD-WAN a five out of ten. I want to be in the middle because it is the first solution that we are testing. I don't know if it is the best or the worst. I have known Cisco, and I am pretty sure it is not the worst. They know what they are talking about. They have been working on networking stuff for a long time. I don't want to give a ten because I don't even have another solution to compare. To get a ten, a solution has to respond to our needs, and it should have good pricing because at the end of the day, in terms of routing and other things, all solutions are almost the same. It is the pricing that becomes the main factor.

2020-11-03T10:37:57Z
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Top 20Real User

With respect to security, we did not use the functionality because we were mainly using it to interconnect offices. Security was not a big concern for us. Had there been a requirement for direct connectivity to the internet or accessing the public cloud, then security might have been needed. We were establishing IPsec VPN, which accomplished this task. This is a product that I can recommend. I am satisfied with it. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

2020-10-20T04:19:21Z
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Top 5Real User

Although we are still in the initial stages, I feel that this is a product that I can recommend. In general, we are satisfied with it. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

2020-10-11T08:58:19Z
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Top 20MSP

I would recommend this solution. It is a great solution, and it is already defined. It is more suitable for medium and large enterprises operating in lots of regions and countries. For smaller organizations, you can use a normal business DSL solution. I would advise doing a VR test to make sure that all settings are correct. We have had issues where the configuration or IP spoofing on the network was not so good. You also need to know the number of tenants that you need. You can set it up on paper, but if you don't test it, you would never know that it is working. I would rate Cisco SD-WAN a nine out of ten. It is the best solution that I ever had, but there might be something better than this in the future.

2020-10-11T08:58:00Z
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Top 20Real User

The advice that I would give someone in the market for an SD-WAN is to look at Gartner and see what Gartner has to say. My information is recent in that the bank that I implemented it in does other business with me and they tell me that everything is working great. They have never had a problem. It is now four years later and it is probably worthwhile taking a look at what the competition is doing — including Cisco Meraki, which is another SD-WAN offering from Cisco. A lot of companies have implemented Cisco Meraki, and Cisco Meraki is a good solution. But there is also Versa which is a good SD-WAN solution. There are at least seven or eight very well-known companies that provide SD-WAN solutions. On a scale of one to ten (where one is the worst and ten is the best), I would rate Cisco SD-WAN as a ten-out-of-ten. For my client, it was certainly a ten between the cost savings of 80% and a performance boost of 400% or so. It worked right from the beginning and saved them a ton of money.

2020-09-23T06:09:54Z
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Top 20Real User

Cisco is a company that has been in this market for quite a long time. They have a stable office, stable software, and all of the features are there. Having the SD-WAN on top of the routers they have has given them an advantage. Plus, they have a wide range of products and there is integration between all of them and SD-WAN. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

2020-09-23T06:09:00Z
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Top 20Real User

Cisco Meraki dashboard is very good. It's simple, and you can enable and implement everything using this dashboard. Cisco Meraki is for large enterprises. I recommend Cisco Meraki to all my clients who have different locations and want to have a centralized location. Every architecture is moving towards the cloud. Centralized management makes accessibility easier for one person. We can know what is going on at a location and what is going into the devices. Whatever configuration changes are required, we can do them from one place. We don't have to go to the client's location. We also don't have to log in to different devices to do configuration or something like that. We can do it from one centralized management. I would rate Cisco SD-WAN a seven out of ten.

2020-09-03T07:49:49Z
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Top 20Real User

Map out all of the applications that use your WAN today. If you have assets like physical phone systems or dedicated VPN devices that are not ready to be off-the-books, start the project anyway. As contacts and hardware become end of life, onboard those sites. You will have a full mesh in no time. If you wait for all of your existing technology to be end of life, you are missing the point.

2020-03-24T20:12:00Z
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Top 5Real User

This solution is only good for basic routing. I cannot map stuff to a network name because it is not linked to anything else. It is a standalone unit. My advice for anybody who is implementing this solution is to familiarize themselves with the command line. To summarize, the reliability is very high but managing it is a little bit inconvenient. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

2020-03-16T06:56:20Z
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Top 5Real User

There's not much advice I can give other than to suggest that people get familiar with using the command line. I would rate this product an eight out of 10 because it has good reliability. We've rarely had any problems with it.

2020-03-16T06:56:19Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

I'd recommend the solution. Instead of going to another vendor, it's best to go with Cisco, because Cisco has a level of longevity in the global market. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.

2020-03-16T06:56:11Z
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Top 5Real User

We're a Cisco partner. I would recommend the solution. I'd rate it six out of ten. If it could guarantee better security, we would rate it higher. The cost could also be less.

2020-03-16T06:56:08Z
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Top 20Real User

The solution works very well for mid-size and enterprise-level organizations. I would advise others considering implementing the solution to set aside time to strategize and create a proof of concept before diving right in. This will help a company reveal where the solution is relevant and where it is not. Then, it's important to look at the cost and layout of all of the finances so that the board will have all of the information in front of them. It will help them decide if it makes sense to pursue implementation. The finances and P&Ls must be clear for them. Finally, it's important to find a good consultant to assist in the entire process. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.

2020-03-05T08:39:48Z
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Real User

I would rate Cisco SD-WAN at an eight out of ten.

2020-03-05T08:39:00Z
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Top 20Real User

We're a Cisco Gold Partner. I'm not sure of the exact version number of the solution we are currently using. Typically, we work with small to medium-sized enterprises. The advantage of SD-WAN is that it can eliminate costly MPLS links. That's the big selling feature for us. I would recommend the solution.I'd rate it seven out of ten. If it was less complicated and offered more reasonable pricing, I'd rate it higher.

2020-02-23T06:17:04Z
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Top 5Reseller

My advice for anybody who is researching this solution is to consider the size of the environment. If they have 100 to 150 branches, then they should also look into other solutions such as VeloCloud by VMware. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

2020-02-05T08:05:10Z
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Top 10MSP

It's important to realize the product has two layers, the underlay, and the overlay. The controller is in the overlay and the underlay is the physical devices. Most of those are on-prem, but the controller is mostly on the cloud. That's what most people prefer. In terms of size, different customers have different migration plans and different approaches. For example, Cisco has the Meraki SD-WAN solution, and then they have the retailer SD-WAN solution. The question is which solution fits the customer best. I would advise them on that aspect first before deciding whether they go for a Meraki solution or a retailer solution. The second aspect, of course, is the budget. How much does the customer want to spend? And the third would be to ascertain their internal skill set on deploying, managing, and operating the SD-WAN solution. If the skill set is in-house then good for them, they can go ahead. But if not then I would propose a managed SD-WAN solution where maybe, for example, our company provides managed SD-WAN solutions for some Cisco products. The third thing I would advise for global customers is to decide if they want to deal with the last mile connectivity themselves or find a partner to do that for them. Security would be a final consideration and that depends on setup and scale. I would rate this product a seven out of 10, it hasn't quite made it for me to be rated higher. I'd like to see some improvement.

2020-02-02T10:42:00Z
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Top 20Real User

This is a good product and I totally recommend it. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

2020-01-09T06:15:00Z
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Real User

This is a good solution. It's a new technology that people should look into because it provides for seamless management of the whole network, including switches. That said, there is always room for improvement. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

2020-01-07T06:27:00Z
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