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"This solution can scale from SMB to the enterprise level. It is very impressive.""So far, the feature that I like best is the policy configuration manager.""The segmented traffic it provides is the best in the industry right now.""The solution's application control and application traffic steering tool are its most valuable aspects in terms of how we utilize the product.""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.""There is minimum blind space in this solution.""It's very easy to manage and monitor the network's health and security using the solution.""The product's brand recognition is one of the most valuable aspects of the solution."

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"The solution is a whole vertical solution, so it doesn't need any other components in order to provide basic features.""The dashboard is user-friendly. It's very simple to use.""The Meraki SD-WAN solution is simple to deploy.""The dashboard is the solution's most valuable feature.""The solution's ability to prioritize traffic is its most valuable feature.""This product has a simple configuration that can be accessed through a web interface or the API.""This is a high availability solution that is easy to configure and has a nice GUI.""The most interesting feature is the amount of information you can get from overseeing the system from a centralized place."

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Cons
"This solution is expensive so pricing is a concern.""It would be very helpful if we had better access to a knowledge base, or online documentation, to help both us and our customers learn to use this solution.""Cisco's router and voice gateway has not been available since the launch of SD-WAN.""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.""The client portal needs to be improved in order to make the solution much better.""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.""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 initial setup could be a bit less complex."

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"The adoption of endpoint services or endpoint security should be developed in future releases.""The solution could be improved if it added more features, especially monitoring and reporting features.""They stopped doing WAN optimization as a feature set, which is lacking. They need to relook at that and consider WAN optimization as an option.""The solution lacks a certain amount of functionality and features.""The solution needs a multi-use provider portal.""It should be easier to install BGP and it should have a better backup.""When there is an issue, I find it difficult to figure out what is going wrong because the logs do not provide as much information as solutions from HP.""There could be more options for integration between other devices — sort of being able to more easily make everything integrated in one solution."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"We pay for the Cisco Customer Care support, which is a couple of hundred dollars.""80 percent reduction in WAN costs. There are no MPLS or P2P circuits left in the organization.""Cisco is more expensive than some competing products.""SD-WAN as a service is probably something in the neighborhood of $100 to $200 a month per location.""The costs are a bit on the high side.""It is much cheaper than other solutions. Most of our clients are the top 500 companies, and they all have a corporate contract.""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.""It is going to be on a yearly basis. There are no additional costs."

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"Meraki solutions come with a choice of several different subscription options including one year, three years, five years, seven years, and ten years.""The licensing fees are approximately $1,000 USD annually.""The pricing is fair, but if they can make it less it would be even more attractive.""Any license you buy until January 2021 gets you an extra year for that purchase.""like everything else, it's negotiable.""If you purchase a Meeraki box, you have to purchase a license, and it's already the basic license, you will have you SD-WAN included."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: VeloCloud offers a hybrid deployment model i.e. you can have MPLS and SD WAN running simultaneously while Cisco only supports single deployment scenario.
Top Answer: Cisco SD-WAN has a true software defined architecture separating out the Control, Data and Management/Orchestration layers. It has the best in breed hardware, routing capabilities, integrated Security… more »
Top Answer:  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… more »
Top Answer: We are currently reviewing various SD-WAN vendors for our infrastructure and what I found lacking with Cisco Meraki is that you cannot use Active/Active HA with two MX devices. Only HA is available… more »
Top Answer: The solution is very stable.
Top Answer: Meraki solutions come with a choice of several different subscription options including one year, three years, five years, seven years, and ten years.
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Overview

Deploy software-defined WAN without compromising the application experience.

Software-defined WAN is a new approach to network connectivity that lowers operational costs and improves resource usage for multi-site deployments, allowing network administrators to use bandwidth more efficiently and ensure the highest possible level of performance for critical applications without sacrificing security or data privacy. For more information on deploying and configuring SD-WAN on the Meraki MX Security Appliance, see the Meraki SD-WAN Deployment Guide.

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Sample Customers
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Top Industries
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Comms Service Provider33%
Real Estate/Law Firm17%
Transportation Company8%
Consumer Goods Company8%
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Comms Service Provider40%
Computer Software Company24%
Manufacturing Company4%
Construction Company3%
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Comms Service Provider22%
Educational Organization22%
Logistics Company11%
Venture Capital & Private Equity Firm11%
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Comms Service Provider36%
Computer Software Company25%
Retailer5%
Media Company4%
Company Size
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Small Business46%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise38%
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Small Business24%
Midsize Enterprise10%
Large Enterprise66%
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Small Business53%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise24%
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Cisco SD-WAN is ranked 2nd in SD-WAN with 21 reviews while Meraki SD-WAN is ranked 1st in Software Defined Networking (SDN) with 15 reviews. Cisco SD-WAN is rated 7.8, while Meraki SD-WAN is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Cisco SD-WAN writes "A solution for integrating services to enhance up-time, performance and lower costs". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Meraki SD-WAN writes "Ultimate flexibility in this solution lends opportunities for creative problem solving and cost savings". Cisco SD-WAN is most compared with VeloCloud, Fortinet FortiGate, Versa FlexVNF, VMware NSX and Juniper Contrail Networking, whereas Meraki SD-WAN is most compared with VeloCloud, Versa FlexVNF, Cradlepoint NetCloud, VMware NSX and CloudGenix.

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