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Find out what your peers are saying about Juniper Contrail SD-WAN vs. Riverbed Steelhead and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
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Pros
"It gives you that level of visibility to understand what's going on between layer four and layer seven.""The support is very good from Juniper and from the local distributors."

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"TCP optimization... caches a particular TCP connection and the next time a user uses that connection he will reach the destination easily.""I find the most valuable to be the compression and exchange replication.""It is very easy to install the solution."

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Cons
"The training could be better. When it comes to the demo dashboard capability, I feel like it could be much easier for our customers to use. Our last customer complained about this.""The solution installs similarly to competitors. It is not more difficult or easier. However, it could be easier and take less time for the installation."

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"Application response time and network performance could be improved.""They should include a network switch in a future release.""The product should offer more integration capabilities."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The licensing structure is very flexible.""The cost of the solution is a little expensive. The hardware is a one-time purchase fee and the software is purchased on an annual basis. There are additional costs for other software features that are available which are on an annual basis, such as extra capacity."

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"The solution is expensive and the service contacts are costly too. The cost of the device makes the value proposition borderline acceptable for us. The service contract fees we pay is approximately $30,000 annually."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: It gives you that level of visibility to understand what's going on between layer four and layer seven.
Top Answer: The licensing structure is very flexible. It's very flexible depending on what exactly is in a customer's IT infrastructure. It's not rigid at all. It's not as if they say, "Oh, you need to have this… more »
Top Answer: The training could be better. When it comes to the demo dashboard capability, I feel like it could be much easier for our customers to use. Our last customer complained about this. Fortinet comes with… more »
Top Answer: We just did an assessment for our 47 datacenters around North America. The top two enterprise-level network monitoring solutions were ExtraHop first, Riverbed SteelCenter second. Their negotiated cost… more »
Top Answer: It is very easy to install the solution.
Top Answer: We would like the solution to be less expensive. If the solution was more secure, that would be ideal. The product should offer more integration capabilities.
Ranking
16th
out of 26 in WAN Edge
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648
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Average Words per Review
529
Rating
7.0
15th
out of 26 in WAN Edge
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3,231
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2,283
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2
Average Words per Review
547
Rating
7.5
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Also Known As
Contrail SD-WAN
RIverbed Steelhead, Steelhead
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Overview

Contrail SD-WAN delivers a simple, automated multicloud SD-WAN. It enables you to create an evolvable architecture to simplify growth, from secure routers to SD-WAN, SD-Branch, and beyond. It automates the WAN edge across Juniper virtual cloud endpoints and on-premises next-generation firewall or universal CPE platforms. And it provisions and enforces multilevel security policy at scale, across multiple clouds and enterprise sites with diverse topologies.

Riverbed SteelHead is the industry's #1 optimization solution for accelerated delivery of all applications across the hybrid enterprise. SteelHead also provides better visibility into application and network performance and the end user experience plus control through an application-aware approach to hybrid networking and path selection based on centralized, business intent-based policies for what you want to achieve as a business.

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Sample Customers
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Orasure Technologies, Energia Communications Inc., GHD, JLL, Northwest Pipe, Dudek & Associates, Lathrop & Gage, Carilion Clinic
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider42%
Computer Software Company18%
Retailer7%
Transportation Company5%
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Government29%
Energy/Utilities Company21%
Construction Company7%
Media Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider28%
Computer Software Company24%
Financial Services Firm8%
Government5%
Company Size
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REVIEWERS
Small Business7%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise67%
Find out what your peers are saying about Juniper Contrail SD-WAN vs. Riverbed Steelhead and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
535,015 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Juniper Contrail SD-WAN is ranked 16th in WAN Edge with 2 reviews while Riverbed Steelhead is ranked 15th in WAN Edge with 3 reviews. Juniper Contrail SD-WAN is rated 7.0, while Riverbed Steelhead is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Juniper Contrail SD-WAN writes "Provides layer four to seven protection but does not support a next-generation firewall". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Riverbed Steelhead writes "Scalable Data Referencing provides LAN-like speed over WAN". Juniper Contrail SD-WAN is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate and VMware SD-WAN, whereas Riverbed Steelhead is most compared with WAAS, Citrix SD-WAN, Silver Peak VX, Silver Peak NX and Ipanema IpIengine. See our Juniper Contrail SD-WAN vs. Riverbed Steelhead report.

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