2020-01-07T06:27:00Z

What advice do you have for others considering Cisco SD-WAN?


If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Cisco SD-WAN, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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Map out all of the applications that use your WAN today. If you have assets like physical phone systems or dedicated VPN devices that are not ready to be off-the-books, start the project anyway. As contacts and hardware become end of life, onboard those sites. You will have a full mesh in no time. If you wait for all of your existing technology to be end of life, you are missing the point.

2020-03-24T20:12:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

This solution is only good for basic routing. I cannot map stuff to a network name because it is not linked to anything else. It is a standalone unit. My advice for anybody who is implementing this solution is to familiarize themselves with the command line. To summarize, the reliability is very high but managing it is a little bit inconvenient. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

2020-03-16T06:56:20Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

There's not much advice I can give other than to suggest that people get familiar with using the command line. I would rate this product an eight out of 10 because it has good reliability. We've rarely had any problems with it.

2020-03-16T06:56:19Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

I'd recommend the solution. Instead of going to another vendor, it's best to go with Cisco, because Cisco has a level of longevity in the global market. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.

2020-03-16T06:56:11Z
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Top 5Real User

We're a Cisco partner. I would recommend the solution. I'd rate it six out of ten. If it could guarantee better security, we would rate it higher. The cost could also be less.

2020-03-16T06:56:08Z
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Top 10Real User

The solution works very well for mid-size and enterprise-level organizations. I would advise others considering implementing the solution to set aside time to strategize and create a proof of concept before diving right in. This will help a company reveal where the solution is relevant and where it is not. Then, it's important to look at the cost and layout of all of the finances so that the board will have all of the information in front of them. It will help them decide if it makes sense to pursue implementation. The finances and P&Ls must be clear for them. Finally, it's important to find a good consultant to assist in the entire process. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.

2020-03-05T08:39:48Z
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Top 10Real User

I would rate Cisco SD-WAN at an eight out of ten.

2020-03-05T08:39:00Z
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Top 10Real User

We're a Cisco Gold Partner. I'm not sure of the exact version number of the solution we are currently using. Typically, we work with small to medium-sized enterprises. The advantage of SD-WAN is that it can eliminate costly MPLS links. That's the big selling feature for us. I would recommend the solution.I'd rate it seven out of ten. If it was less complicated and offered more reasonable pricing, I'd rate it higher.

2020-02-23T06:17:04Z
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Top 5Real User

My advice for anybody who is researching this solution is to consider the size of the environment. If they have 100 to 150 branches, then they should also look into other solutions such as VeloCloud by VMware. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

2020-02-05T08:05:10Z
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Top 5Consultant

It's important to realize the product has two layers, the underlay, and the overlay. The controller is in the overlay and the underlay is the physical devices. Most of those are on-prem, but the controller is mostly on the cloud. That's what most people prefer. In terms of size, different customers have different migration plans and different approaches. For example, Cisco has the Meraki SD-WAN solution, and then they have the retailer SD-WAN solution. The question is which solution fits the customer best. I would advise them on that aspect first before deciding whether they go for a Meraki solution or a retailer solution. The second aspect, of course, is the budget. How much does the customer want to spend? And the third would be to ascertain their internal skill set on deploying, managing, and operating the SD-WAN solution. If the skill set is in-house then good for them, they can go ahead. But if not then I would propose a managed SD-WAN solution where maybe, for example, our company provides managed SD-WAN solutions for some Cisco products. The third thing I would advise for global customers is to decide if they want to deal with the last mile connectivity themselves or find a partner to do that for them. Security would be a final consideration and that depends on setup and scale. I would rate this product a seven out of 10, it hasn't quite made it for me to be rated higher. I'd like to see some improvement.

2020-02-02T10:42:00Z
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Top 10Real User

This is a good product and I totally recommend it. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

2020-01-09T06:15:00Z
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Top 10Real User

This is a good solution. It's a new technology that people should look into because it provides for seamless management of the whole network, including switches. That said, there is always room for improvement. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

2020-01-07T06:27:00Z
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