Anonymous UserTechnical Architect at a comms service provider
Anonymous UserPresales Solutions Consultant/Engineer at a comms service provider
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."
"Our organization finds the application routing features extremely useful."
"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."
"The most valuable aspects of the solution are the next-generation firewall features and geo-blocking capabilities."
"Their dashboard is also a good point for us and the customer. The solution is very clean and easy."
"There are great security and ops features without the need for having a different box for security."
"It is very easy to deploy. The GUI interface is really good, and the security features are also very good. It is also stable and scalable, and their support is also good."
"The division of Control Plane and Data Plane is most valuable. It can be deployed anywhere, and you can control it and configure it from anywhere. This is one of the good features of this solution."
"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 UTM features can be improved. It should offer better functionality."
"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 support needs to be improved."
"The smaller units lack a lot of functionality."
"Another thing that should be improved in Versa are their firewall features."
"With the pandemic and changing work models, it would be ideal if the product more accessibility options or more diversity within the solution itself."
"SASE is the next big thing that is coming up, and it needs to be developed in Versa. This is the only thing that needs to be adapted very quickly by Versa. With the pandemic going on, I would like to see more features for working from home. They have launched Versa Secure Access (VSA), but it is currently immature. They need to tighten it up for work from home and SD-WAN concept."
"I heard about them for the first time just before I started working on Versa. They do have blogs for information, but they could publicize more about the documentation and architecture. It doesn't seem to have that much exposure, and they should work on their customer base more."
"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 price is expensive but it makes sense for the market."
"It is not very expensive because of the white box support. Its hardware is much cheaper than other products. With the support for x86 and white box, it is one of the most cost-effective platforms that are currently available."
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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.
Cisco SD-WAN is ranked 2nd in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 36 reviews while Versa FlexVNF is ranked 5th in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 8 reviews. Cisco SD-WAN is rated 8.0, while Versa FlexVNF is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Cisco SD-WAN writes "Stable, cutting-edge, and robust". 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 Fortinet FortiGate, VMware SD-WAN, Meraki SD-WAN, VMware NSX and Juniper Contrail Networking, whereas Versa FlexVNF is most compared with VMware SD-WAN, Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki SD-WAN, Zscaler SASE and Prisma SD-WAN. See our Cisco SD-WAN vs. Versa FlexVNF report.
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