Compare Cisco SD-WAN vs. Citrix SD-WAN

Cisco SD-WAN is ranked 2nd in SD-WAN with 12 reviews while Citrix SD-WAN is ranked 9th in SD-WAN with 3 reviews. Cisco SD-WAN is rated 7.8, while Citrix SD-WAN is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Cisco SD-WAN writes "Segmentation is great but router and voice gateway are not currently available". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Citrix SD-WAN writes "Enables us to check if a laptop is in our domain or not". Cisco SD-WAN is most compared with VeloCloud, Meraki SD-WAN, Versa FlexVNF, VMware NSX and CloudGenix, whereas Citrix SD-WAN is most compared with F5 Traffic Management Operating System, VeloCloud, Riverbed Steelhead, Meraki SD-WAN and Exinda. See our Cisco SD-WAN vs. Citrix SD-WAN report.
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The most valuable feature is the application-level routing.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.The regular net routing is a good feature.The reliability is high and we have only had to restart it once or twice over the years.The product's brand recognition is one of the most valuable aspects of the solution.It's very easy to manage and monitor the network's health and security using the solution.There is minimum blind space in this solution.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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The most valuable feature is security, as it gives me the port bindings that cannot be accomplished using other solutions.The scalability and stability are quite good in general.The VPN and the load balancing are the most valuable features.

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This solution should include a fully functional firewall at no extra charge.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.The solution could have a better web interface to simplify changing configurations.I would like to see a better, web-based interface to make changes to the configuration or to view statistics.The initial setup could be a bit less complex.Since most user-data is going through the solution, we are concerned about security, as all the information is in the cloud and not on-premises. The user data authentification should be higher to better prevent malicious attacks.The main issue is that not in the technology, but it comes back comparison. When we do a comparison with other SD WAN solutions, they are priced better.The client portal needs to be improved in order to make the solution much better.

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I would like to either see the price reduced or have it packaged with other products to give better value for the money.The initial setup could be a bit easier.The reports need to be improved. We need to have them customized but they don't have that right now. I would like for them to have better system predictions. We don't have that right now. My system may be working fine right now but after making some changes, that can change.

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80 percent reduction in WAN costs. There are no MPLS or P2P circuits left in the organization.We pay for the Cisco Customer Care support, which is a couple of hundred dollars.

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As NetScaler is now, I find it quite pricey.It's a little bit on the high side compared to the other products.

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Omkar Tomar
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Real User

Cisco is a traditional networking play and has successfully transformed from pure hardware to now software defined products.
Many network engineers already use the product and makes a lot of sense for a company with Cisco history to go towards Cisco just like a company which uses citrix desktops will go for the Citrix ADC.

Therefore, configuration of Cisco, while not being difficult, is more "formatted" for Engineers who have used the solution and already have deep understanding of the protocols
As a relatively new comer, Citrix seems to have put more effort to make the implementation process easier in terms of GUI

Now, citrix has one fourth the market share of cisco and this is crucial in terms of competency - as it is 4 times easier to get Cisco competency

However, in terms of costs, I like Citrix Netscaler pooled licensing arrangement,
It is a flexible licensing framework whereby there is a common pool of license regardless whether the customer performs the deployment as a physical hardware, virtual device or even a containerized solution already use the product.
Therefore, Cisco has higher costs

As for used cases, I have seen NetScalers used for Load Balancing, for external users to internal services and resources like XenDesktop and XenApp

Finally, both Cisco and Citrix have resilient solutions and provide good support - also some dependency where you are located.

As for recommendation, it depends on your specific scenario in light of above points.

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Also Known As
Viptela, Cisco vEdge Cloud RouterCitrix CloudBridge, WOC, NetScaler SD-WAN

Deploy software-defined WAN without compromising the application experience.

Citrix SD-WAN (formerly NetScaler SD-WAN) is a next- generation WAN Edge solution that simplifies digital transformation for enterprises. It offers the best application experience for SaaS, cloud, and virtual apps & desktops; comprehensive security; and cloud choice with automation to ensure an always-on workspace.

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Sample Customers
Doyle Research, Ashton Metzler & AssociatesAIDS Healthcare Foundation, Cornerstone Home Lending Inc., Dallara, ecVision, Essar, Eurofred, Groupe Promutuel, HMSHost Corporation, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Ltd, Royal Caribbean International
Top Industries
Comms Service Provider33%
Software R&D Company30%
Construction Company5%
Software R&D Company36%
Comms Service Provider21%
Real Estate/Law Firm5%
Media Company5%
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