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

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The most valuable feature is the support for asymmetric lines.We had several clients that were paying $7,500 a month for an MPLS line for one single 10 megabit circuit and we were able to take that from $7,500 a month down to $500 a month for two 10 megabits circuits that added redundancy where before they did not have redundancy and it gave them a much better throughput.First and foremost, it enables the customer to deploy high availability connections. This kind of solution enables them to deploy these HA connections for policies mostly automatically. It's a more automated approach than with other vendors.

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Cons
I would like them to add some more SD-WAN ports. We have seen one implementation where there were four ISPs. Currently, we have a maximum of two ports for ISP in this device. Therefore, we cannot connect directly, and we need other switches. There should be some option to have more than two ports for SD-WAN.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.

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The security can be improved, with the firewall for example, because they supply a basic one but not a UTM.Their WAN optimization in terms of wireless connectivity doesn't have a very good cellular capability.They have to implement more security with it. The security, mainly their firewall functions, have to be included in the firewall features.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
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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The licensing fees depend on the bandwidth. As an example of what we charge our customers, for 100MB without Boost, the price is approximately $2,000. That includes the licensing and the unit.You typically will license the hardware and you license the software to access the hardware capabilities. The price will range anywhere from a hundred to $300 a month. There are no additional costs.

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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 had several clients that were paying $7,500 a month for an MPLS line for one single 10 megabit circuit and we were able to take that from $7,500 a month down to $500 a month for two 10 megabits… more »
Top Answer: You typically will license the hardware and you license the software to access the hardware capabilities. The price will range anywhere from a hundred to $300 a month. There are no additional costs… more »
Top Answer: Their WAN optimization in terms of wireless connectivity doesn't have a very good cellular capability. I know of another company that does a much better job called Peplink. I have not specifically… more »
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2nd
out of 29 in SD-WAN
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7th
out of 29 in SD-WAN
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325
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149
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9.0
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Viptela, Cisco vEdge Cloud Router
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Overview

Deploy software-defined WAN without compromising the application experience.

Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect is a complete, high-performance SD-WAN solution that enables service providers to quickly and cost-effectively bring new, differentiated, managed SD-WAN services to market to expand market reach, create new revenue streams and deliver SD-WAN services with SLAs in and out-of-region.

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Cisco SD-WAN is ranked 2nd in SD-WAN with 13 reviews while Unity EdgeConnect is ranked 7th in SD-WAN with 3 reviews. Cisco SD-WAN is rated 7.6, while Unity EdgeConnect is rated 9.0. 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 Unity EdgeConnect writes "Has enabled considerable money savings and reduction in traffic ". Cisco SD-WAN is most compared with VeloCloud, Meraki SD-WAN, Versa FlexVNF, Fortinet FortiGate and VMware NSX, whereas Unity EdgeConnect is most compared with CloudGenix. See our Cisco SD-WAN vs. Unity EdgeConnect report.

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