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Pros
"The most valuable feature is its reliability.""The scalability and stability are quite good in general.""The most valuable feature is security, as it gives me the port bindings that cannot be accomplished using other solutions.""Downtime for branch offices is now almost zero. We have 100% real-time visibility into all of our lines. MPLS links have been replaced with lower-cost links, saving a larger percentage of line costs. Overall, I see SD-WAN as a must. And the Citrix SD-WAN product has delivered on expectations and exceeded them. (With later firmware updates we now have good firewall capabilities in the product too).""The best feature is the backup capability, where all of the users' computers are tied into a central data repository."

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"I like the entire set of features and the analytics.""Meraki makes you believe that anything is possible.""This is a high availability solution that is easy to configure and has a nice GUI.""As long as the LAN is well structured, installations and setup can be complete within forty-five minutes.""This product contributed to a huge benefit in our bottom line on operational costs.""We have found the product to be quite scalable.""We have found the scalability to be good.""The solution has many features available."

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Cons
"The initial setup could be a bit easier.""I would like to either see the price reduced or have it packaged with other products to give better value for the money.""I would like to see support for additional reporting.""The firewall reporting could be easier to use and filter. (It works well enough, but if I need to give an area for improvement, I think this would be it.). The built-in reporting on the product in this regard is not great.""Citrix should continue to offer a perpetual licensing model because it is very important to us."

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"The security and upgrading could improve in this solution.""Meraki could make better use of virtual connect.""The solution lacks controllers.""The solution needs to enact more advanced protections.""Meraki offers the client basic security, it is not the same as what FortiGate is offering.""With Meraki, it's more of a basic connectivity. It doesn't have all the feature sets that a Cisco SD-WAN solution has. It's limited.""It should be easier to install BGP and it should have a better backup.""Meraki is more or less intelligent load balancing, although a lot of features are missing that our SD-WAN solutions will have."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"As NetScaler is now, I find it quite pricey.""The price of the subscription should be cheaper."

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"The licensing fees are approximately $1,000 USD annually.""From the perspective of the customer, the price is not terribly cost-effective.""Any license you buy until January 2021 gets you an extra year for that purchase.""like everything else, it's negotiable.""This solution is more expensive than competitors.""Meraki solutions come with a choice of several different subscription options including one year, three years, five years, seven years, and ten years.""If you purchase a Meeraki box, you have to purchase a license, and it's already the basic license, you will have you SD-WAN included.""The pricing is fair, but if they can make it less it would be even more attractive."

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Top Answer: The best feature is the backup capability, where all of the users' computers are tied into a central data repository.
Top Answer: We have a perpetual license, which is very important because it allows us to manage our costs, rather than having a monthly or yearly subscription. A yearly license is okay except that we consider… more »
Top Answer: Citrix should continue to offer a perpetual licensing model because it is very important to us.
Top Answer: From the perspective of the customer, the price is not terribly cost-effective. It should be more attractive to the market.
Top Answer: We are resellers, meaning we are a certified partner of Meraki and, as such, it is my job to sell Meraki products to our customers on the Korean market. Occasionally, I encounter issues concerning the… more »
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Also Known As
Citrix CloudBridge, WOC, NetScaler SD-WAN
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Overview

Citrix SD-WAN (formerly NetScaler SD-WAN) is a next- generation WAN Edge solution that simplifies digital transformation for enterprises. It offers the best application experience for SaaS, cloud, and virtual apps & desktops; comprehensive security; and cloud choice with automation to ensure an always-on workspace.

Software-defined WAN is a new approach to network connectivity that lowers operational costs and improves resource usage for multi-site deployments, allowing network administrators to use bandwidth more efficiently and ensure the highest possible level of performance for critical applications without sacrificing security or data privacy. For more information on deploying and configuring SD-WAN on the Meraki MX Security Appliance, see the Meraki SD-WAN Deployment Guide.

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Sample Customers
AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Cornerstone Home Lending Inc., Dallara, ecVision, Essar, Eurofred, Groupe Promutuel, HMSHost Corporation, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Ltd, Royal Caribbean International
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Top Industries
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Comms Service Provider33%
Computer Software Company29%
Government5%
Insurance Company4%
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Comms Service Provider40%
Educational Organization13%
Financial Services Firm13%
Logistics Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider37%
Computer Software Company22%
Retailer4%
Healthcare Company3%
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Small Business13%
Midsize Enterprise50%
Large Enterprise38%
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Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise37%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cato Networks, Citrix, GFI and others in WAN Optimization. Updated: November 2021.
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Citrix SD-WAN is ranked 2nd in WAN Optimization with 5 reviews while Meraki SD-WAN is ranked 1st in Software Defined Networking (SDN) with 20 reviews. Citrix SD-WAN is rated 9.0, while Meraki SD-WAN is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Citrix SD-WAN writes "Lines run Active-Active so we get better bandwidth usage and we don't have backup lines sitting idle". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Meraki SD-WAN writes "Ultimate flexibility in this solution lends opportunities for creative problem solving and cost savings". Citrix SD-WAN is most compared with Cisco SD-WAN, VMware SD-WAN, Steelhead, Fortinet FortiGate and WAAS, whereas Meraki SD-WAN is most compared with VMware SD-WAN, Cisco SD-WAN, Versa FlexVNF, Cradlepoint NetCloud and Prisma SD-WAN.

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