Cisco SD-WAN Review

A global scale solution providing an open architecture design with good technical support

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case is providing the servicing of this solution globally. Cisco is an experienced vendor, which is the main reason we chose this solution.

What needs improvement?

An area of improvement for this solution is reducing the complexity. Currently, the solution requires people who have a very good understanding of Cisco SD-WAN. 

For example, VeloCloud can be used and is easier to understand, but it has limited functionality. It is designed like a block box where the internal architecture is hidden. With Cisco, I can see the inner workings of the architecture. Therefore, it is necessary to have a good understanding of how the solution works in order make full use of it.

An additional feature that should be included in the next release of this solution is the ability to use a local area network (LAN) behind the domain name system (DNS) box. This feature would allow for better communication protocols to be put in place.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Since Cisco acquired Viptela, the stability of this solution has given problems since it is quite new. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability of this solution has given problems in the past since it is quite new. 

How are customer service and technical support?

The customer service/technical support for this solution is very good.

How was the initial setup?

The setup of this solution is both straightforward and complex. For example, the initial setup is simple, but the design and formatting thereafter is very complex.

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

The pricing of this solution is very expensive.

What other advice do I have?

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.

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