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Cisco SD-WAN Pros and Cons

Cisco SD-WAN Pros

OM
Managing Partner at a consultancy with 11-50 employees
It is very stable with very good firmware.
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ER
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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EE
Senior Data Scientist & Analytics at Paj Networks
Customizing SD-WAN is very easy because you can define two colors. You can define two different operators. You can deploy a partial mesh, a full mesh, or hub-and-spoke totally differently. If you want to do this on a DMVPN solution, that's really hard.
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MC
Head of Enterprise Business at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
From my observations, Cisco has been rolling out new features every other day, so I would say their speed of innovation is one of the most valuable aspects for me.
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SS
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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DA
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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DM
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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AS
Lead BD,Global ICT & transformation at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
If I have to give a neutral view of all the SD-WAN platforms that I have known so far, Cisco is good in routing.
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LD
Head of Network Service, Information's Communications Technologies and Development at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The solution is great at aggregating the traffic and then sending it in one direction.
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Product Manager at Entel Chile
Load balancing is a feature that allows us to take the best of our links and distribute the load intelligently, always with an eye on the end-customer experience.
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Cisco SD-WAN Cons

OM
Managing Partner at a consultancy with 11-50 employees
Some competitors are much faster in providing out-of-the-box solutions, more innovative solutions. In terms of innovation, in many cases, they're lagging behind.
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ER
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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EE
Senior Data Scientist & Analytics at Paj Networks
In the next release, Cisco should focus on simplifying the configuration of SD-WAN. SD-WAN has a lot of room to grow.
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MC
Head of Enterprise Business at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
One of the major areas that Cisco can improve on with their SD-WAN offering is their security features. When compared with Fortinet, who have what they call their 'security pillars' (e.g. firewall and security features built-in to their SD-WAN solutions), Cisco generally comes up short. With Cisco, if you need a security component, you have to pay more to get it done. So if they could add more security features that come part and parcel with their existing solutions, then I think Cisco could be very aggressive in the market.
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SS
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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DA
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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DM
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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AS
Lead BD,Global ICT & transformation at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have found that their SD-WAN has a lot of scope for improvement.
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LD
Head of Network Service, Information's Communications Technologies and Development at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The solution could be a bit cheaper.
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Product Manager at Entel Chile
What I find should be improved is the possibility of really separating the software layer from the hardware layer since today the current offer is not well adopted by the service providers
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Learn what your peers think about Cisco SD-WAN. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: November 2021.
552,136 professionals have used our research since 2012.