Aryaka SmartConnect vs. Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V Series (CSR 1000V)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Aryaka SmartConnect
Score 9.8 out of 10
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SmartConnect is an on-demand, fully managed and end-to-end SD-WAN connectivity service for enterprises, offering global, regional, and local as well as cloud connectivity. The solution connects branches, remote locations, data centers and cloud service providers, using Aryaka's SD-WAN platform.N/A
Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V Series (CSR 1000V)
Score 8.8 out of 10
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Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V Series (CSR 1000V) offers routing, security, and network management as cloud services with multitenancy. The series is infrastructure agnostic and programmable across the LAN, WAN, and in the cloud.N/A
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User Testimonials
Aryaka SmartConnectCisco Cloud Services Router 1000V Series (CSR 1000V)
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Aryaka Networks
It integrates nicely with AWS (in regions other than China). The provisioning support is pretty good.
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Cisco
If you just need to do simple communication to Azure such as smb and rdp sessions then the Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V Series is overkill. If you need to setup multiple mesh vpn connections to existing ISRs and have complicated routing with multiple protocols then Cisco Cloud Services Router makes that setup much easier and less work to maintain and troubleshoot.
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Pros
Aryaka Networks
  • Relatively easily to implement
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Cisco
  • Easy and available to download with a CCO account.
  • Full-featured router platform.
  • Can run as many instances as you have memory to handle.
  • No issues so far running in VMWare player 14.0.
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Cons
Aryaka Networks
  • Support is very inconsistent, no real trouble-ticketing system when you have issues
  • Very expensive for what you get
  • Not much advance notification for maintenance events
  • Unclear if Aryaka connectivity into China meets Chinese M.I.I.T. laws
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Cisco
  • More integration with the switching
  • A dynamic approach for software updates
  • More automation features and APIs
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Alternatives Considered
Aryaka Networks
We didn't really evaluate many other SDWAN providers as very few operate inside of China. Our alternative was to build VPN connectivity ourselves.
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Cisco
Neither product supported all the protocols we needed to allow all of our locations to route. It does add some complications to the gateway and vnet setup though. Once we retired our ISRs we were able to go to Meraki vMX and the auto-vpn setup works rather well and is much simpler than IOS configs
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Return on Investment
Aryaka Networks
  • Enabled us to deploy infrastructure into new regions quickly
  • Cost of Aryaka connections (especially in China) is excessive
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Cisco
  • As this is available on AWS workplace, it's easy to configure and implement
  • Absolute worth for money, easy ROI
  • With the Cisco global support model, this becomes very easy to configure and troubleshoot and becomes part of my overall asset list
  • License management could be simplified and made more cost-effective
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