Meraki SD-WAN Reviews

Meraki SD-WAN is the #1 ranked solution of our top Software Defined Networking (SDN) tools. It's rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to VeloCloud - Meraki SD-WAN vs VeloCloud

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Jóhann G Thorarensen
Real User
IT Manager at Sund Upper Secondary School
Jan 16 2020

What is most valuable?

In terms of the firewall, actually what I found most interesting was that the amount of information you can get from overseeing the system from a centralized place. For example, we know the way people logged in, when they logged out, and… more »

What needs improvement?

Because I have not been using the product for very long, I'm really just learning it and being overwhelmed by the amount of information that I can actually get from the system. There is really nothing that I can think of at the moment that… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Actually, I'm only now comparing how this system works to our experience with the old system we used. That is not something I can do instantly. But the reason we chose this solution was to consolidate and make use of improved features.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to other people considering this as a solution is that I would probably just recommend them the same server and set up that we have. It sort of depends on what the person or the business needs. There are questions about how much… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We went to a conference two years ago to start researching another solution like Fortinet FortiGate. Meraki was the one that seemed to stand out more to me.
Samuel-Emesoronye
Real User
Network Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jan 27 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is application performance monitoring and being able to browse packets dynamically based on priorities. For instance, I have a customer that has multiple connectivities across five different sites and they wanted… more »

How has it helped my organization?

One of my clients was able to optimize their traffic by having the Meraki device direct all of their branch traffic through the DIA (direct internet access), rather than through the WAN. The WAN was corporate-wide, meaning that prior to… more »

What needs improvement?

The port density should be improved because this solution is limited to two. We are getting more and more use cases where clients have more than two internet connections and require more than two ports. There should be three or four ports… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Meraki solutions come with a choice of several different subscription options including one year, three years, five years, seven years, and ten years.

What other advice do I have?

Overall, this is a very good solution. I like products where you can deploy them and then go to sleep because they are watertight. It isn't going to give you headaches from support calls at 3:00 AM from a customer saying that the site is… more »
Reseller
Network and Cyber Security Presales Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Oct 29 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the traffic shaping, the security that is built into the routers on MX, they have a lot of customer performance classes, the visibility, and the auto VPN features.

What needs improvement?

They stopped doing WAN optimization as a feature set, which is now lacking. They need to relook at that and consider WAN optimization as an option. I know that they have improved the security and have taken that off and that to me is critical on the MX. That's where they lack. The reporting needs to be looked at. It needs to be more granular. The reporting on the actual solution isn't what the… more »

What other advice do I have?

The Meraki SD-WAN solution is simple to deploy. You have to plan well and look at creating policies and create your templates prior to the installation. What we found, was that while we were doing the implementation we were doing a lot of work. If we had planned before the actual implementation, then the entire rollout would have been much simpler. The setup is simple but it terms of deployment… more »
AndreasRuemmeli
Real User
Solution Architect at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
Oct 28 2019

What do you think of Meraki SD-WAN?

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for two purposes. One is to connect the different locations, and the other is for security.

What is most valuable?

The outer VPN is the solution's most valuable feature. The dashboard is user-friendly. It's very simple to use.

What needs improvement?

The solution could be improved if it added more features, especially monitoring and reporting features.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for two to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is okay, but the solution is much more suited to small and medium-sized companies and isn't really suited for large ones.…
MichielZyde
Real User
Junior System Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jan 13 2020

What is most valuable?

This is a high availability solution that is easy to configure and has a nice GUI.

What needs improvement?

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. With HP you have the CLI, but with Meraki, there is no CLI and I find it a little bit annoying because you always have to work with the interface… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have used many solutions from different vendors because these are products that we provide to other companies.

What other advice do I have?

This is a fine product but there is always room for improvement. It is easy to manage and the user interface tells you when something is wrong, but there is always something that they can develop or integrate. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.
Real User
IP Network Architect/Manager at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 15 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is application awareness.

What needs improvement?

This solution can only support up to two WAN ports. However, many of our customers would like to have four WAN ports. This solution comes without NAT support enabled. If you need it, then NAT has to be enabled. If this solution were cheaper… more »

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We offer this solution to our customers as a more cost-effective alternative to some of the other products. Meraki is considered to be in a medium-range in terms of cost. The licensing fees are approximately $1,000 USD annually.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I am familiar with products from several different vendors. The choice of product depends on several factors, including their budget.

What other advice do I have?

For medium-sized and larger enterprises, Meraki is a very good choice. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
Real User
Director IT/TI for Cloud SME at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Oct 27 2019

What do you think of Meraki SD-WAN?

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use it to provide SD-WAN solutions for our customers.

What is most valuable?

The solution is a whole vertical solution, so it doesn't need any other components in order to provide basic features. 

What needs improvement?

The security of the solution needs to be improved. The adoption of endpoint services or endpoint security should be developed in future releases.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for five to ten years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is relatively stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is not scalable for high-end customers. Meraki is really flexible and can start from really small sites, so it's better…
Real User
ACT Solutions Architect at a venture capital & private equity firm with 51-200 employees
Dec 17 2019

What is most valuable?

This solution is good for the automatic creation of services. This product has a simple configuration that can be accessed through a web interface or the API.

What needs improvement?

I think that it is the right time to research features such as IPsec IKEv2 and SSL decryption. I would like a faster installation time in the next release. It should be easier to install BGP and it should have a better backup.

What other advice do I have?

We are looking forward to using some of the features that we are currently testing in the beta. Some of these include data suppression options and an IPsec solution with IKEv2. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
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What is Meraki SD-WAN?

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.

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