Riverbed Steelhead Competitors and Alternatives

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Real User
Head of Networks at a recruiting/HR firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jan 06 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the ability to provide very granular classes of service. That's important because it allows us to prioritize certain traffic types over others, to a very granular level… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Exinda allows us to provide better voice quality out to India over heavily utilized WAN links.

What needs improvement?

The product itself is very good. The areas for improvement would be around the support service that GFI provides. The licensing is also complicated and the presales process is quite complicated as… more »

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

We did not have a previous solution. We went with Exinda because it works. It did what we wanted it to do, in terms of optimizing WAN traffic and our business saw a benefit as a result.

What other advice do I have?

Before you deploy, think about what you're trying to achieve and think about what your success criteria are. That's what you need to do with any solution. There's no point buying a solution and then… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did a trial with Riverbed Steelhead but it didn't work. It was just too difficult to implement. And once we implemented it, there was no benefit.
Lipaz Hessel
Real User
Solutions Architect at Gilat telecom
Aug 30 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the support for asymmetric lines. This is the only end-to-end solution, where you can have multiple links. It allows you to manage everything inside your SD-WAN. With… more »

How has it helped my organization?

EdgeConnect is the component of our solution that makes it manageable.

What needs improvement?

The security can be improved, with the firewall for example, because they supply a basic one but not a UTM. This is why you always need another product to go with it, such as one by Fortinet or Check… more »

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

The licensing fees depend on the bandwidth. As an example of what we charge our customers, for 100MB without Boost, the price is approximately $2,000. That includes the licensing and the unit.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is implementing EdgeConnect is not to try doing it alone. Select a good partner because there are many things that you have to know and need to be considered. It is an easy… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We tried solutions by three vendors before we selected EdgeConnect. For example, we tried to use Riverbed but it did not work for us. The problem has to do with load balancing and managing traffic. We… more »
Gaurav-Singh
Real User
Presales & Solutions Architect at UST Global España
Apr 29 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is security, as it gives me the port bindings that cannot be accomplished using other solutions. This solution gives me IPv6 layering over IPv4, which is helpful for some environments. The documentation is very… more »

What needs improvement?

I would like to either see the price reduced or have it packaged with other products to give better value for the money. For example, other solutions have multiple services embedded in their appliance, which gives better value.

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

As NetScaler is now, I find it quite pricey.

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

I have also work with similar solutions from Riverbed. I found that the documentation and support from Citrix were better.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to anybody who is considering this product is to first understand the business and the requirements. No solution should be purchased in haste. I have seen businesses with proper tools but they don't know what to do with them. I… more »
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