Cisco SD-WAN Pricing and License Cost

Eliot Robinson
Executive Vice President Operations and IT at Sterling National Bank

Depending upon the speed and depending upon the vendor, if you are getting SD-WAN as a service, it is probably something in the neighborhood of $100 to $200 a month per location. That is the cost of the SD-WAN. Then, of course, you need your business broadband connections. Business broadband with like 50 megs symmetrical or 100 megs symmetrical and may cost something like $100 a month or so. But at any rate, the services are not very expensive and they are widely available.  

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Malith Chandrasekara
Head of Enterprise Business at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

Cisco's pricing is not entirely satisfactory when you compare the SD-WAN solutions in Asian markets — like the South Asian market in Sri Lanka — because there are several competing brands including Fortinet and Citrix, who provide much the same product for a generally lower price. And when it comes to firewall vendors like Palo Alto and SonicWall, they're also selling here. It's the same with VMware, too; they have much the same features.

So when you do a comparative showdown among these giants, you can see that Cisco and their customers could benefit from adjustments in terms of pricing. Fortinet, for one, is much cheaper than Cisco currently.

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Pre-sales consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

The solution is not cheap.  Most customers are now moving from an APEX spending model to an OPEX spending model. The licenses are pretty expensive. There are additional support costs which is not inexpensive. Licensing, support, product, technology, and everything in the Cisco SD-WAN solution costs. I think it's the most expensive solution on the market.

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Solution Director at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

Typically, we work to offer our customer autonomy, however, we do offer maintenance packages. Typically, we'll sell co-management packages to clients whereby they choose the priority of the application on the network and we will manage all of what is programmed on the customer's behalf.

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Network Operations Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

It is expensive. The license limitation is there in terms of bandwidth. Basically, Cisco is always good in terms of performance and related things. However, if you want to have a license, for example, for 100 Mbps, they charge you because of their 100 Mbps. If you want to go without the license of 300 Mbps, it is a bandwidth license as well. This is not happening with other vendors. That is the reason why we moved away from Cisco. The bill gets a little bit high.

I do remember that one time we were trying to increase the bandwidth for at least five devices, and the license got as high as 20-grand for five devices, only for the license. It was expensive for us at the time. Our company is not a big company, but it is a solid company. The price was very high, and we moved away from Cisco because of the price.

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Head of Network Service, Information's Communications Technologies and Development at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees

It would always be nice if the solution was a bit cheaper, however, the value is good. The cost of ownership is worth it as the solution itself is quite good and lasts years.

As a bigger company, we'd prefer to have a brand and a solution that's reliable as opposed to trying to find the cheapest option and have sleepless nights, afraid it might fail.

To calculate what we buy and how much it costs us for all the services, it's still quite a lot of money.

You have to pay between 3000 and 10,000 euros, or something in that range. The core switches Nexus cost me between 10,000 and 20,000 euros. However, they work, and that's why we use them.

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Salvador Penalva
Telecom and Collaboration Manager at a construction company with 501-1,000 employees

It is going to be on a yearly basis. There are no additional costs.

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System Engineer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

The solution is subscription-based. It is quite pricy, as compared to its competitors, for example, Fortinet. You can see the pricing on the Cisco site, and my understanding is that it's the same pricing across Europe. There are extra costs involved, however, because if you have an on-premises model, you have to buy the equipment. There are also costs associated with technical support.

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Products & Solutions Manager at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

The license model is too complex with too many flavors and options. You might not be able to see it from an end user's point of view, but from a telco point of view, their license model is too complex. They should have a flexible license model. If you want to have good pricing, you need to buy it for a two-year, four-year, or five-year license immediately. Some other vendors have much more flexible license models.

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Arturo Sierra
Senior Engineer at Totalplay

The pricing is quite high. Cisco is not cheap.

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Pre-sales Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

Cisco is more expensive than some competing products.

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Senior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The solution is a bit expensive. There's a big jump from WAN to SD-WAN which customers don't like.

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Data Center Engineer at Emerging Communication Limited

Setup cost is reasonably standard as it gives a complete WAN link utilization with perfomance of QoS

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Network Analyst at a real estate/law firm with 1-10 employees

We pay for the Cisco Customer Care support, which is a couple of hundred dollars. There are no fees in addition to this.

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Majid Yousuf
Sales Engineer at Logicom

The pricing of the solution is okay. Previously we used Cisco Prime and found we were wasting a lot. This is much better for us and our clients. However, it's still expensive.

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JeroenDe Jonge
Architect IT-systemen at Cegeka

It is much cheaper than other solutions. Most of our clients are the top 500 companies, and they all have a corporate contract.

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Executive Director at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees

Our clients have made decisions related to pricing, but we are not involved at this stage.

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Pavan Kumar Mateti
Owner at SCO`Scope Consulting Private Limited

I don't know much about the pricing because, at present, we used some simulators to test the software for clients. The pricing does not always match up with what our lab predictions are. We give information to the customers, and we give them some knowledge about the products and we explain the differences between the different vendors, like Juniper, and other vendors small vendors like Altera Technology. Ultimately, the client decides which vendor they will go with.

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Team Lead Network Infrastructure at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

Licensing is on a subscription basis.

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Senior Global Product Manager at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

The pricing of this solution is very expensive.

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Tharanga SKP
Engineer, Enterprise Products at a comms service provider with 5,001-10,000 employees

The costs are a bit on the high side.

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