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"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."

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"Any administrator with basic networking knowledge, in a couple of days, can be in full control of their networking without going through a networking engineer.""The microsegmentation is a good feature. You can segment details, products, or hardware information.""The initial setup was straightforward. You just have to click it and follow the manuals.""NSX can reduce costs and has good service. It is easy for you and your users to use.""The microsegmentation is great, and the security team thinks it is great.""The solution is robust as it covers everything we want to do and is stable, so we're happy enough with it. We have had no problems so far. Everything is great.""We are happy with the scalability.""The organization of it is logical, useful, and intuitive."

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Cons
"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."

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"It takes time to do the initial setup. It is a bit slow, which is surprising.""The first time setting it up was difficult.""The next release of NSX should try to make Kubernetes and container integration a little easier than it is now. It's quite a complicated process.""The scalability is not perfect.""I would rate this product an eight because it's a good product but it needs more work. They should fix some of the bugs.""The solution is quite complex. You need to keep your thinking cap on and know what you are doing: Go to the training and listen to the solution architects when they come in because they have a lot of knowledge.""It was stable for one year, there was no impact. In the last two months, we had two big incidents.""We've have had good and bad experiences with them. We don't always find them to be so impactful. Sometimes the support guy isn't so on top of resolving the issue and it can take a while to sort out."

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"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."

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"We haven't had to hire a dedicated network engineer because NSX handles 90 percent of it. The reduced overhead in terms of managing networks has been the biggest plus.""We have saved man-hours and decreased our security exposure.""We can't go without NSX, so it's invaluable from this perspective.""The solution is very expensive.""The licensing fees are expensive and we pay on a yearly basis."

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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: We are currently reviewing various SD-WAN vendors for our infrastructure and what I found lacking with Cisco Meraki is that you cannot use Active/Active HA with two MX devices. Only HA is available… more »
Top Answer: The most valuable feature is the ability to create, develop, and deploy servers in minutes to hours, rather than days.
Top Answer: It could be cheaper!
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Overview

Deploy software-defined WAN without compromising the application experience.

VMware NSX is the network virtualization platform for the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). By bringing the operational model of a virtual machine to your data center network, you can transform the economics of network and security operations. NSX lets you treat your physical network as a pool of transport capacity, with network and security services attached to VMs with a policy-driven approach.
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Sample Customers
Doyle Research, Ashton Metzler & AssociatesCity of Avondale, Lumeta, Kroll Ontrack, Heartland Payment Systems, Baystate Heallth, Exostar, Tribune Media, iGATE, NTT Communications, Synergent, California Natural Resources Agency, Bloomington Public Schools, Columbia Sportswear, Join Experience S.A, Schuberg Philis
Top Industries
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Comms Service Provider22%
Real Estate/Law Firm22%
Transportation Company11%
Consumer Goods Company11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider39%
Computer Software Company25%
Construction Company4%
Government4%
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Retailer27%
Manufacturing Company13%
Financial Services Firm13%
Comms Service Provider13%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company33%
Comms Service Provider27%
Retailer4%
Government4%
Company Size
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Small Business50%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise35%
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Small Business23%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise62%
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Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise6%
Large Enterprise74%
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Cisco SD-WAN is ranked 2nd in SD-WAN with 18 reviews while VMware NSX is ranked 1st in Network Virtualization with 21 reviews. Cisco SD-WAN is rated 8.0, while VMware NSX is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Cisco SD-WAN writes "A solution for integrating services to enhance up-time, performance and lower costs". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware NSX writes "Enables us to identify problems before they manifest, but they should develop more advanced features". Cisco SD-WAN is most compared with VeloCloud, Meraki SD-WAN, Fortinet FortiGate, Versa FlexVNF and Juniper Contrail Networking, whereas VMware NSX is most compared with Cisco ACI, Nutanix Flow, Cisco Tetration, Juniper Contrail Networking and Guardicore Centra.

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