Aryaka WAN Optimization-as-a-Service

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Riverbed Steelhead

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Aryaka WAN Optimization-as-a-Service

It integrates nicely with AWS (in regions other than China). The provisioning support is pretty good.
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Riverbed Steelhead

Riverbed Steelhead significantly helps with bandwidth optimization for Microsoft file sharing and Microsoft Exchange. If these services are centralized, Riverbed Steelhead makes sense. Less suitable areas where I might not implement Riverbed Steelhead would include SAP and Web based optimization/bandwidth reduction.
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Pros

  • Relatively easily to implement
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  • Optimizes traffic, reducing bandwidth needs
  • Gives insight into traffic
  • Simple to set up and deploy
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Cons

  • 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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  • A reduction in price is always welcomed
  • Simplify and streamline advanced features and add-on pieces for more detailed traffic analysis
  • Getting granularity into traffic behavior becomes confusing and very expensive
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Alternatives Considered

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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Riverbed Steelhead offers simplicity and fantastic customer support. The performance is a cut above the others as well.
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Return on Investment

  • Enabled us to deploy infrastructure into new regions quickly
  • Cost of Aryaka connections (especially in China) is excessive
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  • We have been able to keep our MPLS expenses to a minimum
  • The ease of management and deployment keeps our IT personnel costs down
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Pricing Details

Aryaka WAN Optimization-as-a-Service

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Riverbed Steelhead

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details