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"The most valuable feature for us is the DNS-based protection.""It analyzes the domain security helps us implement the securest policy.""The weekly reportings are great. The investigation is super and the application management is equally great.""It's very stable, reliable and does its job.""What we like most is security and how easy it is to integrate with other appliances.""Provides dependable DNS monitoring of external devices.""The initial setup is very easy and takes only a few minutes.""Helps block personal email accounts."

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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 scalability of the solution is great.""I like its ease of use. It has a single pane of glass for the ZIA and ZPA pieces. It is very manageable. It is also very easy to deploy for secure access, and it gives half-decent coverage for visibility in terms of what the users use and what data is being proxied through the access gateway.""The most valuable features of this solution are the CASB solutions, which is protecting their Office 365."

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"This solution does not give us full, 360-degree protection.""I would like to see integration with SecurNX in the future.""The reporting could be improved by way of the information that's displayed. For example, when you pull a report, it shows an internal employee going to many websites, but you can spin that right down by saying a lot of it is being cached.""It has happened in the past that Cisco Umbrella has denied us access to secure websites.""In the next release, I would like to see the integration of VDI NSX with Cisco Umbrella.""They need to improve analytics so they report on more of the specifics of user activity.""Missing a real data leakage prevention solution.""Data reporting could be improved."

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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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"There are latency issues with the solution. They are small, however, they are there when you compare it to other vendors.""It has massive room for improvement. The Zscaler product itself is okay, but it doesn't give enough granularity for us as an organization to stipulate rules or processes, especially for data-driven services. For instance, we can stick on SSL inspection, but it's just a click box. It doesn't allow us to go any further into the detail of the SSL inspection. We also can't pull it out without having an additional logging server. It just doesn't give us enough granularity. They should give us more control over the interfaces because it is all backend. They weren't very open to discussing their backend architecture with us in terms of their own data centers. They can maybe a little bit more open about what components are there and how the backend infrastructure works alongside Zscaler. Its licensing can be better. Some of the additional licensing costs are quite high, and they should have certain features ready and available as a baseline rather than having to purchase additional licenses for it. Their support should also be improved. I initially had a consultant from Zscaler for its deployment, but the support that I had throughout the deployment of the project wasn't the best.""The interface needs a bit of work."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"I am not sure, I don't have the numbers in front of me, but I think it's $1.00 or so per device/month.""Cisco uses subscription models for the pricing and there are three subscription plans.""The licensing part for Umbrella is really flexible.""There are three models for licensing with different feature sets.""I think it's worth the money.""The price of Cisco Umbrella is a little higher than similar solutions, like Gateway.""The price should be slightly lower than the current price because if you look at the whole solution, it is simply a threat intelligence solution to block blacklisted things. The price should be lower looking at the features provided by the solution. The price isn't too high either, but it could be lower.""There is a subscription cost."

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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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"It has been relatively reasonable for what it does. Some of the additional license costs based on the advanced next-generation firewall functions are quite high, and they should have certain features ready and available as a baseline rather than having to purchase additional licenses for it. Overall, the cost seems reasonable."

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Top Answer:  Cisco Umbrella and Zscaler Internet Access are two broad-spectrum Internet security solutions that I have tried.… more »
Top Answer: I like that it integrates with the infrastructure. I also like the kind of data and intelligence that's built-in. It… more »
Top Answer: The price depends on the use case, and it's a bit linear. But it depends on the customer's strategy and how Cisco plans… more »
Top Answer: VMware has been chosen by many of our customers who do not want to do a lot of complex routing in their environment and… more »
Top Answer: There are customers that have very large routing and segmentation operations who do a lot of segmentation within their… more »
Top Answer: The most valuable features of this solution are the CASB solutions, which is protecting their Office 365.
Top Answer: It has been relatively reasonable for what it does. Some of the additional license costs based on the advanced… more »
Top Answer: The interface needs a bit of work. It could be a little more streamlined and more intuitive.
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Also Known As
OpenDNS
VeloCloud
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Overview

OpenDNS provides easy-to-implement Internet navigation and Web security solutions for families, schools, governmental organizations and businesses of all sizes. The services provided by OpenDNS increase the speed of navigating websites and prevent unintended access to phishing and malware sites as well as to any Web content that you configure to be restricted.   

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.

For the last 30 years, networks have been connecting users to applications in the data center, which was surrounded by a secure perimeter to keep apps and data safe from the outside. But with applications moving to the cloud, IoT becoming more common, and users connecting from everywhere, network security is no longer able to solve the fundamental challenge of security and is instead adding significant complexity and cost.

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Sample Customers
Chart Industries, City of Aspen, Eastern Mountain Sports, FLEXcon, George Washington University, Jackson Municipal Airport Authority, Ohio Public Library Information Network, PTC, Richland Community College, Smart Motors, Tulane University, VeriClaim
Redmond, Coca Cola, Roka Bioscience, MetTel, Deutsche Telekom, Rockford Construction,  The Bay Club, tru Independence, Triton Management Services, DevCon, AXPM
Siemens, AutoNation, GE, NOV
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm16%
Consumer Goods Company9%
Comms Service Provider9%
Educational Organization6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company25%
Financial Services Firm6%
Government5%
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider64%
Financial Services Firm18%
Transportation Company9%
Manufacturing Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider30%
Computer Software Company25%
Retailer5%
Manufacturing Company4%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider22%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm5%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business39%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise34%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business15%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise63%
REVIEWERS
Small Business48%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise43%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise67%
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VMware SD-WAN is ranked 2nd in Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) with 21 reviews while Zscaler SASE is ranked 11th in Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) with 3 reviews. VMware SD-WAN is rated 8.2, while Zscaler SASE is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of VMware SD-WAN writes "Scalable, has DMPO to ensure data integrity, good technical support, and zero-touch set up". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Zscaler SASE writes "Easy to deploy, use, and manage, but needs more granularity and control over the interfaces and better licensing and support". VMware SD-WAN is most compared with Cisco SD-WAN, Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki SD-WAN and Versa FlexVNF, whereas Zscaler SASE is most compared with Cato Networks, Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks, Cloudflare Access, Netskope CASB and iboss. See our VMware SD-WAN vs. Zscaler SASE report.

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