We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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."
"The content that we are getting is very good. Content caching is also supported."
"The most valuable feature is the caching."
"It's a stable solution."
"It is easy to use, and it is stable and scalable. You don't need a large team for deployment and maintenance."
"The solution is scalable."
"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."
"Activating the SSL inspection is one of the challenges. We are currently moving to the O365 cloud, and one of the challenges is the performance when all of our users are connected to O365 by a proxy."
"There are performance issues with all of the proxies."
"Technical support is an area that requires some improvement."
"The user interface could be improved, and the price could be lower as well."
"The solution could improve by having better documentation."
"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."
"In terms of cost, it is expensive. Its pricing has been a challenge for us since its acquisition by Broadcom."
"It's expensive. Clients often go to other products."
"Licensing is based on a subscription."
"The price is too expensive compared with that of another solution."
Riverbed SteelHead CX is the industry's #1 WAN optimization solution. SteelHead CX is proven to dramatically speed up the performance of applications anywhere in the organization while delivering the best end-user experience even under sub optimal network conditions. Reduce bandwidth utilization by up to 95%, deferring costly network bandwidth upgrades. Increase performance by up to 100x for on-premises applications.
A Symantec secure web-filtering proxy empowers you to: Control web and cloud usage with fast app performance. Establish negative-day threat defenses. Implement multi-authentication realm support. Gain visibility into encrypted web traffic.
Steelhead is ranked 4th in WAN Optimization with 3 reviews while Symantec Proxy is ranked 5th in WAN Optimization with 5 reviews. Steelhead is rated 7.6, while Symantec Proxy is rated 7.2. The top reviewer of Steelhead writes "Scalable Data Referencing provides LAN-like speed over WAN". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Symantec Proxy writes "Stable, with good caching for better performance and web isolation". Steelhead is most compared with WAAS, Citrix SD-WAN, Silver Peak VX, Silver Peak NX and Peplink SpeedFusion, whereas Symantec Proxy is most compared with Fortinet FortiProxy, Citrix SD-WAN, Cisco Umbrella and Exinda. See our Steelhead vs. Symantec Proxy report.
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