Anonymous UserTechnical Architect at a comms service provider
Rias_MajeedIT Consultant at Exceed NetSec Computer Trd LLC
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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."
"The most valuable feature of this solution is they have IT consultants that know SonicWall."
"This solution has many options for remote desktop and access."
"It is faster than other security options when using remote connections."
"The management and the dashboard are the solution's most valuable features."
"I like the load balancing capability."
"I think they ask for a fair price."
"I am very satisfied with the technical support."
"Secure Mobile Access (SMA) is easy to configure and the deployment is straightforward. However, this is mostly because of the AWS setup."
"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."
"The overall menu is not very user-friendly and it could be easier."
"This is an expensive solution and I think that the price could be improved."
"The product itself is very good, but Dell needs to work on product visibility in their advertising."
"The solution could integrate better with other platforms."
"The timed synchronization between the network appliance needs improvement."
"User interface could be improved."
"The problem is that when combined with what the client already has, there are two different logins and two different management systems, and these should be consolidated into a single interface."
"The solution has 2FA, it will generate a token and send it to an email, but multifactor authentication is not available. I would suggest that there should be MFA integration and provided with the appliance."
"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."
"The cost of the licensing is based on the maximum number of concurrent users, and it costs a lot to add them."
"I don't know about the pricing of the SSL-VPN box. I know the SSL-VPN software is free. Global VPN client, by comparison, is licensed for around $150 or something like that. But the SSL-VPN software is free. It is already built-in with the box."
"Our licenses are stackable and can be anywhere from five users to a million users."
"This solution is priced well and we currently have the maximum number of licenses allowed."
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Cisco SD-WAN is ranked 2nd in SD-WAN with 35 reviews while SonicWall SMA is ranked 2nd in Universal Access Gateways with 8 reviews. Cisco SD-WAN is rated 8.0, while SonicWall SMA is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Cisco SD-WAN writes "Stable, cutting-edge, and robust". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SonicWall SMA writes "This is a versatile VPN that saves us from using more difficult security measures". Cisco SD-WAN is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, VMware SD-WAN, Versa FlexVNF, Meraki SD-WAN and VMware NSX, whereas SonicWall SMA is most compared with Pulse Connect Secure, Citrix Gateway, Fortinet FortiClient, SonicWall Netextender and Sangfor SSL VPN.
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