Cisco SD-WAN Valuable Features

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

Because our client uses two different ISPs at each location, the service is always up. The chances of Comcast going down at the same time that Verizon Files goes down is very, very small. The result is that the client's services are always up with much higher speeds and much lower costs. I think that those benefits are the ones that people are primarily interested in and that is what SD-WAN allowed us to achieve.  

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Malith Chandrasekara
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.

I would also point to their superior features when it comes to general connectivity, configuration, and reporting.

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reviewer1273860
Pre-sales consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

I think segmentation is a valuable feature that the product provides. I think 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.

The solution appeals to big companies that are keen on selecting a major vendor rather than an emerging one as there's an assumption of reliability.

Cisco's technical solution in itself is very reliable. From a purely technical point of view, this is one of the best options.

Overall, the solution is very advanced in network configuration and offers excellent automated routine features.

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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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reviewer935298
Head of Network Service, Information's Communications Technologies and Development at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The solution is excellent mainly for supporting our two WAN ports. We can dedicate which WAN is taking over and which one is available or not. It's great that we can also connect them to the internet. We can have a third line to connect to the internet providers for our internet solution. Everything is redundant and everything is working so far.

Overall, it's been working well for us.

The solution is great at aggregating the traffic and then sending it in one direction.

We have a good knowledge base in-house and good support in general and therefore we have continued to use it over the years.

The product can scale well.

The solution is very stable.

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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.

The solution allows organizations to have visibility into the application traffic. After implementing the solution, we can see what types of traffic we have. We can see how users are using the internet and will be able to tell if anyone is downloading something that they shouldn't be or if they are consuming a lot of data.

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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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Arturo Sierra
Senior Engineer at Totalplay

The solution works well in big environments. It's excellent for large enterprises with a high number of users.

The deployment is quite simple and straightforward.

The solution is stable.

Technical support has always been quite helpful. We are very happy with their level of service.

It's possible to scale the solution.

We've looked into the existing documentation and found it to be okay. It varies, however, they do offer documentation for their products.

Overall, I really like the whole technology.

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reviewer1420671
Pre-sales Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

The idea of SD-WAN is very good and it's efficient.

You get security, all of the service you need, and it's easy to deploy.

It is a feature-rich product with a lot of components.

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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. One of our clients used this solution to route VOIP and video calls using MPLS.

The single dashboard makes the management very easy.

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reviewer1110936
Senior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The security of the solution is pretty good.

We like the user interface. It's fairly easy to navigate.

The user experience is pretty good.

We've found that the solution is easy to deploy.

The solution is very popular with many vendors.

Overall, our experience has been very positive. So far, so good. We don't have many complaints about its capabilities.

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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. We have recently started using deep packet inspection allowing the use of the transit path as the firewall instead of putting firewalls on both ends of the mesh.

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AthumanJuma
Data Center Engineer at Emerging Communication Limited

So far, the feature that I like best is the policy configuration manager. It is better than performing a manual configuration.

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reviewer848847
Network Analyst at a real estate/law firm with 1-10 employees

The regular net routing is a good feature. It's not just good for routing although like a lot of things it isn't linked to anything else.

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reviewer848847
Network Analyst at a real estate/law firm with 1-10 employees

The most valuable feature is the network routing.

The reliability is high and we have only had to restart it once or twice over the years.

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reviewer1113966
Director de Arquitecturas at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

The security features are very good. We really like the application routing, for example.

The initial setup is quite simple.

The solution offers very good documentation.

Technical support is quite helpful.

The product is very scalable.

There are a lot of exciting features coming out very soon which we are looking forward to working with.

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Majid Yousuf
Sales Engineer at Logicom

The solution has a high trust-level with clients.

The solution offers the customer good cost savings.

Our organization has found that the solution has helped us increase our levels of security for client networks.

It's very easy to manage and monitor the network's health and security using the solution.

The solution is east to upgrade as necessary.

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JeroenDe Jonge
Architect IT-systemen at Cegeka

It is really easy to deploy and use. It is also easy to use for failovers and designing solutions.  

The rollout is really quick. It is easy to adjust and roll out.

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reviewer1433835
Executive Director at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees

It is very simple and easy to manage, compared to other methods.

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Shah Jamal
Network Security Associate at VPS

The centralized management is the most important feature. We can monitor what is going on at every location in our network through just one center.

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Pavan Kumar Mateti
Owner at SCO`Scope Consulting Private Limited

The product's brand recognition is one of the most valuable aspects of the solution.

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reviewer1461459
Team Lead Network Infrastructure at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

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.

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Muhammad Zakaullah
Sr. Network Engineer Consulting Services at a consumer goods company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Good for cloud bases integrations and operational overheads. There is minimum blind space in this solution.

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

The most valuable feature is the ease of central management. That is the main thing for us.

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reviewer731289
Head IT Operations at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

In a software-defined network architecture, it heals itself and the management of the solution is very easy.

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