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"The analytics is the most valuable feature because it was very granular and very comprehensive, although a little complicated to use. If you're really interested in knowing what's happening on your network, it's a very good solution. That was the .NET Profiler part 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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"The routing scalability needs improvement. We have run into a lot of limitations and also primarily from a routine perspective, things like RSPs line support. It was supportive but not really supportive."

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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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"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.""The cost of VMware SD-WAN is high, but I think you can still get better pricing if your volume is high.""The price of the solution could be reduced.""My understanding is that the pricing is in the same range as other solutions."

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Top Answer: It is fairly similar to other solutions. It has the capability for testing link connectivity, which is its unique feature from a control perspective.
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Top Answer: I would like to see an on-premise NGFW embedded into the solution. They have a SASE solution that is part of the deployment model now but is more cloud-focused. It would be nice to have an on-prem… more »
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Overview

Riverbed SteelConnect is the cornerstone of Riverbed’s strategy for next-generation, application-defined enterprise networking. SteelConnect is a complete SD-WAN system for securely connecting users and the business to the applications they need, wherever they reside—on a remote LAN, in a data center, or in the cloud.

SteelConnect offers several differentiators—ubiquitous and unified connectivity across LAN, WAN and the Cloud; business aligned orchestration for fast, agile, and secure application delivery; and unique cloud-centric workflow, easy menu-driven network design of sites, zones, uplinks, and rules, and centralized, business intent-based policy management—all within a simple graphical user interface—for ease of use and greater business agility.

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
SimplePay, GHD, OpenEye Scientific
Redmond, Coca Cola, Roka Bioscience, MetTel, Deutsche Telekom, Rockford Construction,  The Bay Club, tru Independence, Triton Management Services, DevCon, AXPM
Top Industries
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Computer Software Company33%
Comms Service Provider21%
Manufacturing Company9%
Insurance Company5%
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider64%
Financial Services Firm18%
Transportation Company9%
Manufacturing Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider30%
Computer Software Company25%
Retailer5%
Manufacturing Company5%
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REVIEWERS
Small Business50%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise41%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business22%
Midsize Enterprise10%
Large Enterprise68%
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Riverbed SteelConnect is ranked 13th in SD-WAN with 1 review while VMware SD-WAN is ranked 3rd in SD-WAN with 20 reviews. Riverbed SteelConnect is rated 7.0, while VMware SD-WAN is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Riverbed SteelConnect writes "Analytics feature is very granular and comprehensive, although complicated to use". 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". Riverbed SteelConnect is most compared with Cisco SD-WAN, Fortinet FortiGate, Aryaka SmartServices and Talari, whereas VMware SD-WAN is most compared with Cisco SD-WAN, Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki SD-WAN, Versa FlexVNF and CloudGenix.

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