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Pros
"The user experience is pretty good.""The most valuable feature is the application-level routing.""The segmented traffic it provides is the best in the industry right now.""The reliability is high and we have only had to restart it once or twice over the years.""It's a complete solution with many security features.""The initial setup is quite simple.""Huge companies use SD-WAN. It is largely scalable.""The solution is great at aggregating the traffic and then sending it in one direction."

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"The analytics is the most valuable feature because it was very granular and very comprehensive, although a little complicated to use. If you're really interested in knowing what's happening on your network, it's a very good solution. That was the .NET Profiler part of the solution."

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"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 process of onboarding the vSmart, vBond, and vManage should be improved to make it easier to manage in general.""This solution should include a fully functional firewall at no extra charge.""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.""The solution could be a bit cheaper.""Since Cisco acquired Viptela, the stability of this solution has given problems since it is quite new.""Cisco's router and voice gateway has not been available since the launch of SD-WAN.""The licensing model needs to be improved."

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"The routing scalability needs improvement. We have run into a lot of limitations and also primarily from a routine perspective, things like RSPs line support. It was supportive but not really supportive."

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"The price of the solution is the only negative factor, it is much more expensive compared with the Cisco Meraki SD-WAN solution.""The license consists of an annual fee.""There is no license required for this solution.""Cisco is more expensive than some competing products.""It is much cheaper than other solutions. Most of our clients are the top 500 companies, and they all have a corporate contract.""Cisco's pricing is not entirely satisfactory when you compare the SD-WAN solutions in Asian markets — like the South Asian market in Sri Lanka — because there are several competing brands including Fortinet and Citrix, who provide much the same product for a generally lower price. And when it comes to firewall vendors like Palo Alto and SonicWall, they're also selling here. It's the same with VMware, too; they have much the same features.""The price is high.""You have to pay between 3000 and 10,000 euros, or something in that range. The core switches Nexus cost me between 10,000 and 20,000 euros."

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Viptela, Cisco vEdge Cloud Router
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Overview

Deploy software-defined WAN without compromising the application experience.

Riverbed SteelConnect EX is a powerful enterprise SD-WAN solution that integrates best-in-class routing, application acceleration, network visibility, and security services – a flexible and complete WAN Edge platform that gives you what you need to modernize your network and propel your business in the digital age.

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Top Industries
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Comms Service Provider50%
Transportation Company10%
Real Estate/Law Firm10%
Computer Software Company10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider39%
Computer Software Company22%
Manufacturing Company4%
Government4%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company37%
Comms Service Provider22%
Manufacturing Company6%
Energy/Utilities Company5%
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Small Business47%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise37%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business22%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise59%
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Cisco SD-WAN is ranked 2nd in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 41 reviews while SteelConnect is ranked 14th in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 1 review. Cisco SD-WAN is rated 8.0, while SteelConnect is rated 7.0. The top reviewer of Cisco SD-WAN writes "Stable, cutting-edge, and robust". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SteelConnect writes "Analytics feature is very granular and comprehensive, although complicated to use". Cisco SD-WAN is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, VMware SD-WAN, Versa FlexVNF, Meraki SD-WAN and Citrix SD-WAN, whereas SteelConnect is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate and VMware SD-WAN.

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