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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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"The most valuable feature for one of our customers is the ability to stage cloud workloads from the local network.""The most valuable feature is the Dynamic Multipath Optimization (DMPO), which allows the customer to maintain and monitor their link quality in real-time.""Proactively detects where problems might arise.""The most valuable feature is load balancing.""They make use of a combination of different internet lines, which improves quality.""The most valuable feature is the dynamic multipath optimization.""The biggest feature is called D.M.P.O., or Dynamic Multipath Optimization, which is one of the technologies that they use to deliver or ensure data integrity.""They have a lot of built-ins. There are so many applications defined inside the solution. It makes it so that we don't have to create some policies. Each and every application is already defined in it."

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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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"Technical support is in need of improvement.""VeloCloud needs improvement in terms of its security features.""Reports could be simplified.""The cost of VeloCloud could be lowered.""There is room for improvement with respect to security.""There is no security included, which is something that should be improved.""They need more gateways""The solution doesn't offer failover between their own devices. If I want to, I should be able to put the two devices at the side, so there can be a failover."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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."

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"VeloCloud performs as well as the Cisco SD-WAN but it is cheaper in price.""The price of this solution is higher than that of other SD-WAN vendors.""The price of this solution should be lower.""The pricing is very comparable to Fortinet.""The price is reasonable for this solution, but the only challenge for us is that the Rand currency fluctuates to the dollar and provides some complexities. The price might go up just because the Rand has actually lost value."

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Questions from the Community
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: 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… more »
Top Answer: We pay for the Cisco Customer Care support, which is a couple of hundred dollars. There are no fees in addition to this.
Top Answer:  The agility to per-packet direct application flows.
Top Answer: It's quite an expensive solution compared to other vendors but there are no fees in addition to the standard licensing costs. There weren't any additional features that had cost implications.
Top Answer: Improvement could be made in understanding application profiles and definitions. I'd like to see improvements in ease of deployment, making it easier to deploy and integrate.
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2nd
out of 30 in SD-WAN
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Comparisons
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Reviews
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Average Words per Review
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Rating
7.8
3rd
out of 30 in SD-WAN
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16,248
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12
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521
Rating
8.2
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Also Known As
Viptela, Cisco vEdge Cloud Router
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Overview

Deploy software-defined WAN without compromising the application experience.

Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) is the application of softwarebased network technologies that virtualize WAN connections to provide agility,
performance and reliability for network traffic between remote and branch offices to
data centers and the cloud.

SD-WAN leverages cloud-hosting to simplify deployment and management of
network devices and employs traffic steering to applications in the data center and
the cloud. It combines the bandwidth of broadband with existing WAN connections to
more efficiently and cost-effectively connect users to data center and cloud-based
applications from any location in the network.

SD-WAN optimizes traffic over multiple available connections (MPLS, broadband,
LTE) to deliver traffic across the network, delivering a better user experience to any
location. SD-WAN will dynamically steer traffic to the best available link, and if the
available links show any transmission issues, it will immediately apply remediation for
jitter and packet loss based on policies to ensure performance of the high-priority
applications.

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Sample Customers
Doyle Research, Ashton Metzler & Associates
Redmond, Coca Cola, Roka Bioscience, MetTel, Deutsche Telekom, Rockford Construction,  The Bay Club, tru Independence, Triton Management Services, DevCon, AXPM
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider38%
Real Estate/Law Firm15%
Transportation Company8%
Consumer Goods Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider40%
Computer Software Company23%
Manufacturing Company4%
Government3%
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider60%
Financial Services Firm20%
Transportation Company10%
Manufacturing Company10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider30%
Computer Software Company25%
Retailer5%
Manufacturing Company5%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business45%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise38%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business23%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise65%
REVIEWERS
Small Business41%
Midsize Enterprise6%
Large Enterprise53%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise7%
Large Enterprise71%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco SD-WAN vs. VMware SD-WAN and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
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Cisco SD-WAN is ranked 2nd in SD-WAN with 26 reviews while VMware SD-WAN is ranked 3rd in SD-WAN with 15 reviews. Cisco SD-WAN is rated 7.8, while VMware SD-WAN is rated 8.2. 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 SD-WAN writes "Scalable, has DMPO to ensure data integrity, good technical support, and zero-touch set up". Cisco SD-WAN is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki SD-WAN, Versa FlexVNF, VMware NSX and Juniper Contrail Networking, whereas VMware SD-WAN is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki SD-WAN, Versa FlexVNF, CloudGenix and Cato Networks. See our Cisco SD-WAN vs. VMware SD-WAN report.

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