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"As long as the LAN is well structured, installations and setup can be complete within forty-five minutes.""The solution is very stable.""The solution is scalable.""t is very stable based on our experience and the application performance has been superb.""I like the entire set of features and the analytics.""This product contributed to a huge benefit in our bottom line on operational costs.""Tech support is willing to go the extra mile to resolve issues.""Using Meraki just solves a lot of problems."

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"NSX's stand-out function is the distributed firewall. The firewall system is just top-notch, and I haven't seen another solution like it.""I have found the solution to be stable.""The most valuable features are security and dynamic routing.""The installation is straightforward, it took a couple of hours.""Provides protection for virtual machines.""Over the last two years, they've enhanced a lot, especially in regard to integration with OpenStack.""This is the most scalable product of its type.""During our experience, the solution has been stable."

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"Some systems use some applications with the wrong data application. It bypasses the network, and you need to block that application on Meraki. We first try to put in passwords to do it and the network is not really safe. It's not 100%, the network can be bypassed.""There could be more options for integration between other devices — sort of being able to more easily make everything integrated in one solution.""When there is an issue, I find it difficult to figure out what is going wrong because the logs do not provide as much information as solutions from HP.""The VPN client could be improved.""Overall, we are satisfied with the support, although I cannot state this unequivocally.""I think they should enhance the security.""The default classes should be expanded.""There are literally things you cannot do at this point in a graphical user interface that can be done from a command line."

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"Their licensing model should make it easier to purchase licenses.""There are sometimes mismatch in the control, the details and what you actually see on the transport note.""The technical support could use some improvement.""Traffic flow introspection topology visibility is definitely needed because at the moment, NSX-T lacks in this area.""I would like to see automation capabilities in the deployment process.""There could be an improvement in regards to security.""The support needs improvement.""Quite a complex solution."

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

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"There is a license required for this solution, we pay annually.""We are using a perpetual license to use the solution and we have support.""You can scale NSX if you have the resources, but it's usually expensive and complex to scale up.""I was not involved in the purchase of the solution but I hear it is on the expensive side.""There is a license required for this solution and there is also a support license available. The price of the solution could be better.""The price is based on the virtual desktop infrastructure(VDI) side and also is dependant on the size of the environment. The price is expensive and it could attract more purchasers in smaller organisations if it was reduced.""It is an expensive product, but cheaper than some competing solutions.""The licensing fees are expensive and we pay on a yearly basis."

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Questions from the Community
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 »
Top Answer: There are some very major differences between both the Products and to name a few. -Cisco ACI have physical network gear (9K Switches) where the Code runs in ACI Policy Mode & the UCS server where… more »
Top Answer: Once you know your way around the Cisco ecosystem, using Cisco ACI is not so difficult. It is a global product, so when you change one interface, changes are automatically reflected on every switch… more »
Top Answer: Overall, for me, it's a good solution and has been working well.
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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.

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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City 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
Comms Service Provider40%
Educational Organization13%
Financial Services Firm13%
Logistics Company7%
Comms Service Provider38%
Computer Software Company21%
Healthcare Company3%
Financial Services Firm24%
Manufacturing Company8%
Comms Service Provider8%
Comms Service Provider30%
Computer Software Company25%
Financial Services Firm6%
Company Size
Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise37%
Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise17%
Large Enterprise56%
Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise67%
Find out what your peers are saying about Meraki SD-WAN vs. VMware NSX and other solutions. Updated: May 2020.
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Meraki SD-WAN is ranked 1st in Software Defined Networking (SDN) with 20 reviews while VMware NSX is ranked 1st in Network Virtualization with 24 reviews. Meraki SD-WAN is rated 8.2, while VMware NSX is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Meraki SD-WAN writes "Ultimate flexibility in this solution lends opportunities for creative problem solving and cost savings". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware NSX writes "A flexible option for managing security, but setup is complex and documentation is lacking". Meraki SD-WAN is most compared with VMware SD-WAN, Cisco SD-WAN, Versa FlexVNF, Cradlepoint NetCloud and Nuage Networks, whereas VMware NSX is most compared with Cisco ACI, Cisco Secure Workload, Nutanix Flow, Guardicore Centra and Cisco SD-WAN. See our Meraki SD-WAN vs. VMware NSX report.

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