Cisco SD-WAN Pros and Cons

Cisco SD-WAN Pros

Eliot Robinson
Executive Vice President Operations and IT at Sterling National Bank
Using SD-WAN to combine services can result in better up time, higher speeds, and much lower costs.
There have been no issues with stability.
Huge companies use SD-WAN. It is largely scalable.
Any technical support we needed was great.
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reviewer1273860
Pre-sales consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
The segmented traffic it provides is the best in the industry right now.
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reviewer1281732
Solution Director at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Cisco is an industry leader, so customers have a high level of trust with the brand more-so than with some newcomers that might have some more revolutionary solutions, but no name recognition.
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reviewer1156254
Network Operations Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The orchestration on the VPN connection between remote locations is a fantastic feature. I used it some time ago.
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Salvador Penalva
Telecom and Collaboration Manager at a construction company with 501-1,000 employees
Configuration interfaces are quite easy and intuitive. Being a part of the Cisco environment, Cisco SD-WAN is quite straightforward.
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reviewer1289013
System Engineer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
The solution's application control and application traffic steering tool are its most valuable aspects in terms of how we utilize the product.
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reviewer1423878
Products & Solutions Manager at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
The first part that we like is that we can reuse certain hardware, which is a valuable asset. You can use hardware SKUs that already exist in the network. The second part that we like is the integration with the cloud and the measurement of the cloud's quality. These are the two values that this solution gives as compared to other implementations that we have seen.
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reviewer1420671
Pre-sales Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
You get security, all of the service you need, and it's easy to deploy.
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UzairBaig
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The most valuable feature is the application-level routing.
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Steve Roy
Senior Director, Network Engineering at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most useful feature for our organization is the combination of on-prem and cloud-based deployments. We connect securely to our hybrid cloud using transit VPCs and cloud on-ramp for fast deployments.
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Cisco SD-WAN Cons

Eliot Robinson
Executive Vice President Operations and IT at Sterling National Bank
Cisco could do more to offer bundling of the SD-WAN and other solutions.
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reviewer1273860
Pre-sales consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Cisco's router and voice gateway has not been available since the launch of SD-WAN.
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reviewer1281732
Solution Director at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
The client portal needs to be improved in order to make the solution much better.
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reviewer1156254
Network Operations Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The bandwidth limitations would be good to remove, but it is a policy and license situation for Cisco because the cost is very high. It would be good to have OTP implemented with VRF. It can have support for EIGRP Over the Top (OTP) VRF. I saw some limitations in regards to the VRF protocol and the advertisement between VRF configuration. EIGRP Over the Top basically was quite limited with the VRF configuration. If you wanted to do rollback in VRF by using the EIGRP OTP protocol, the formation was not populated across. Cisco got back and confirmed that it is a configuration that I need to wait for until the next release, which is going to happen in one year. Cisco documentation is not the way it used to be before. It just gives an easy way to configure, but it doesn't go into the details of the configuration. The information that you need is there, but sometimes you want to go further and get more information, but the information is quite limited. It would be good to cover a few business cases or configuration cases. They used to be there in the past.
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Salvador Penalva
Telecom and Collaboration Manager at a construction company with 501-1,000 employees
When you buy the equipment, they should already put it into your cloud account. It should already be set up so that we can manage with vBond. We came across an issue where it wasn't resolved in the DNS. We are using Umbrella, so we need to create a VPN IPSec tunnel to Umbrella to enable the users to browse. I would really like to see an internal built-in firewall so that we don't have to go to Umbrella. This functionality might already be there. We are quite new to this solution, and we are still learning about it.
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reviewer1289013
System Engineer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
The whole solution needs to be re-imagined. It's quite complex right now and really needs to be simplified to make it easier for those of us using it. It should offer more simplified management as well.
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reviewer1423878
Products & Solutions Manager at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Its license model needs to be improved. They always make the license model too complex. There are too many license models and too many options. They should have a flexible license model. They can improve a lot of things in terms of scalability, templates, and automation, mainly automation for onboarding a number of sites. If you want some new features, it can take quite a long time. If you want a feature and it is not yet developed, you need to have the support of the business units to have the feature developed. If the feature is not on their roadmap, it can take quite some time before you get the feature.
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reviewer1420671
Pre-sales Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Cisco products are a little bit complicated, so making them a little bit easier would be an improvement.
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UzairBaig
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
This solution should include a fully functional firewall at no extra charge.
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Steve Roy
Senior Director, Network Engineering at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
The inexpensive Viptela hardware may be replaced with overpriced Cisco routers. This would be a tragic mistake for Cisco as the lightweight commodity platform built by Viptela is the reason to own this solution.
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