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Bigleaf is great for getting good performance out of two mediocre ISPs. Bigleaf is great for getting the combined bandwidth of two or more ISPs without having to subscribe to higher tiers with the ISP. I can't imagine Bigleaf would do much good for a business with only one ISP. Reporting with Bigleaf is helpful in documenting any issues with an ISP - I can show an ISP performance history if we experience a problem.
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It is a flexible tool for managing and optimizing WAN connections, but it does require some technical expertise to manage. It excels in its ability to integrate multiple WANs. It will however be a not-so-useful purchase if your company has few locations as it will be more expensive and complex for nothing.
Read full review Pros Does not add a security layer - We have our own security layer and did not want an additional one. Combines bandwidth from multiple ISPs to provide a bigger pipe. Read full review Enhancing network security by integrating with other security solutions and providing secure segmentation of the network. Improving network visibility and control by providing detailed analytics and network-wide policy management. Simplifying branch office networking by reducing the need for specialized hardware and simplifying network management. Read full review Cons I can't think of anything to add here. It perfectly meets our needs! Read full review It does appear to be a little glitchy when you go from template mode to CLI mode and try to do testing on certain areas. The configuration tends to get hung in that old session when you drop it from being controlled by the controller to making changes in CLI. I've had a lot of instances where you try to put it back into controller mode for review management and it holds on to your items you've had in CLI mode , it gets a little confused at which config it needs to use. You end up having to reset the whole number environment. Read full review Likelihood to Renew
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It is the best solution on the market.
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Any time we've had a problem, Bigleaf support has been readily available in English. Support seems competent, and when one hardware device failed we were quickly provided with a replacement
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Al ser soluciones integradas del portafolio de soluciones de Cisco, el soporte es transversal a cada uno de los componentes implementados, teniendo el cliente la capacidad de resolver sus inconvenientes bajo una misma infraestructura que está totalmente homologada, satisfacciendo de esta manera, las necesidades del cliente asi como permitiendo, que este se concentre en su negocio. Since the Cisco SD-WAN tools are a part of Cisco’s broader portfolio of solutions, support cross-cuts to each of our deployed components, with our company as the customer having the ability to solve our problems through the same, approved infrastructure. Their support team easily satisfies the customer’s needs so that they continue to focus on business functions.
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Bigleaf doesn't add a security layer. Competitors we looked at all bundled in security from Cisco or Fortinet, and we didn't want to learn another product and have a competing security layer. With Bigleaf we are able to leverage our existing security solution.
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So I've used Versa and I've used Silver Peak. And to be honest I originally started off loving Versa more than Cisco, as far as the SD-WAN, just because it seemed like they were more developed. Of course they were focused solely on SD-WAN, so I think they were developed a lot quicker. But Cisco has caught up, between their iteration and with the Meraki iteration of SD-WAN.
Read full review Return on Investment Bigleaf has dramatically improved our internet uptime and provides metrics to track that. Bigleaf protects our internet performance by balancing ISPs so we don't experience poor performance when one ISP has a problem. Read full review It's definitely decreased the amount that we spend on really expensive circuits every year. We're moving to cheaper broadband circuits with much higher throughput, being able to leverage those and still get the performance that we want, the quality of service that we want. Read full review ScreenShots