Cisco SD-WAN Review

Stable, good support, and the link load balancing feature helps maintain site availability


What is our primary use case?

We are a solution provider and Cisco SD-WAN is one of the products that we implement for our customers. I am a system integrator.

We use this product for zero-disk provisioning at branch offices. The controllers are at a central location and are used to manage the branches.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are zero-disk provisioning and link load balancing on an application basis. In the case of link load balancing, if an application is not working properly on the primary link, it may be fine on the secondary one. This means that if the first link goes down then it may still be accessible, which is a very good feature.

What needs improvement?

The process of onboarding the vSmart, vBond, and vManage should be improved to make it easier to manage in general. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Cisco SD-WAN for one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability-wise, it is a good product and it works very well.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This is a scalable solution. There are between 1,000 and 1,500 users.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have been in contact with technical support and my experience with them has been fine.

How was the initial setup?

The length of time required for deployment depends on the scenario, but it usually takes between two and three days to set up.

What about the implementation team?

As a system integrator, I deploy this solution myself.

We need a couple of engineers at headquarters to maintain it, and we don't usually need anybody at the remote sites. Normally, it's plug-and-play.

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

Licensing is on a subscription basis.

What other advice do I have?

In summary, this is a good product and we plan to continue using it in the future. It is one that I definitely recommend.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Integrator
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