Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V Series (CSR 1000V) vs. Riverbed SteelHead

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
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
Riverbed SteelHead
Score 8.1 out of 10
N/A
San Francisco based Riverbed Technology offers Steelhead, a WAN optimization solution, which includes the SteelHead CX/GX delivering optimization for Hybrid WANs, accelerating the performance of applications to improve productivity and reduce costs, and SteelHead SD combining SD-WAN and WAN Optimization, providing a single, unified orchestration and connectivity fabric across the entire distributed enterprise network with embedded security, optimization, and visibility.N/A
Pricing
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Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Small Businesses

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Medium-sized Companies
Cisco Routers
Cisco Routers
Score 8.4 out of 10
Cisco Routers
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Score 8.4 out of 10
Enterprises
Cisco Routers
Cisco Routers
Score 8.4 out of 10
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Score 8.4 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V Series (CSR 1000V)Riverbed SteelHead
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(4 ratings)
10.0
(6 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V Series (CSR 1000V)Riverbed SteelHead
Likelihood to Recommend
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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Riverbed Technology
If you are dealing with large CAD files on a daily basis "remotely", Riverbed Steelhead makes your home office feel just like the office
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Pros
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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Riverbed Technology
  • Effectively improves data throughput over VPN WAN connections.
  • Seamless operation.
  • Optimizes a variety of applications. Including, HTTPS, Citrix, Netapp SM and SV, Exchange, etc.
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Cons
Cisco
  • More integration with the switching
  • A dynamic approach for software updates
  • More automation features and APIs
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Riverbed Technology
  • 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
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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Riverbed Technology
We tested Cisco eleven years ago in parallel with Riverbed in a PoC. The Cisco configuration was very complex and sticky based on the location. The Riverbed configuration is flexible based on the whole storage. A software client for devices like laptops or tablets is not available for Cisco WAAS, therefore we selected Riverbed based on a PoC.
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Return on Investment
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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Riverbed Technology
  • Files now open a lot quicker, at near local speeds.
  • We are able to respond to customers quicker as we can get access quicker.
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