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"The most valuable feature is application routing.""You get security, all of the service you need, and it's easy to deploy.""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."

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"The most valuable aspects of the solution are the next-generation firewall features and geo-blocking capabilities.""Overall, it's nice and very user friendly. That's what makes it so successful. They give you complicated features but with a very simple user interface, and that's been a big success for them.""Our organization finds the application routing features extremely useful."

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"Creating a profile is not straightforward, so this is something that can be improved.""Cisco products are a little bit complicated, so making them a little bit easier would be an improvement.""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."

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"The smaller units lack a lot of functionality.""The support needs to be improved.""We are thinking about how to make customers consolidate the loads to an SD-WAN network so that the customers can have bigger chunk from the SD-WAN side so that customers can have critical data be transferred with NPS VPN and non-critical data or some labeled traffic can be transferred by the SD-WAN network. I think it's a very important direction for digital transformation.""The UTM features can be improved. It should offer better functionality."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Cisco is more expensive than some competing products.""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 price is expensive but it makes sense for the market."

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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: Our organization finds the application routing features extremely useful.
Top Answer: The price is consist of several aspects but it makes sense for the market. For the SD-WAN solution, it's not just the pricing for accreditations from the solution side. We need to combine the hardware… more »
Top Answer: We need to think about how to leverage the MPLS-VPN customers, so to integrate the SD-WAN network. We are thinking about how to make customers consolidate the loads to an SD-WAN network so that the… more »
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Viptela, Cisco vEdge Cloud RouterFlexVNF
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Overview

Deploy software-defined WAN without compromising the application experience.

Versa FlexVNF is a multi-service, multi-tenant software platform built from ground up on cloud principles to deliver scale, segmentation, programmability and automation. It provides both networking and security functions in a single software along with service chaining capabilities.

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Doyle Research, Ashton Metzler & AssociatesCenturyLink, RCN Business, Colt Technology Services
Top Industries
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Comms Service Provider36%
Computer Software Company28%
Construction Company5%
Retailer4%
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Comms Service Provider41%
Computer Software Company18%
K 12 Educational Company Or School7%
Insurance Company4%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco SD-WAN vs. Versa FlexVNF and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
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Cisco SD-WAN is ranked 2nd in SD-WAN with 15 reviews while Versa FlexVNF is ranked 8th in SD-WAN with 4 reviews. Cisco SD-WAN is rated 7.8, while Versa FlexVNF is rated 8.0. 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 Versa FlexVNF writes "Excellent integration capabilities, good UI and offers great security features". Cisco SD-WAN is most compared with VeloCloud, Meraki SD-WAN, Fortinet FortiGate, VMware NSX and Juniper Contrail Networking, whereas Versa FlexVNF is most compared with VeloCloud, Meraki SD-WAN, Fortinet FortiGate, CloudGenix and Juniper Contrail Networking. See our Cisco SD-WAN vs. Versa FlexVNF report.

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