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  • Packet Tracer is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

10.0

Packet Tracer

100%
1 Rating
9.0

Riverbed Modeler

90%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco

Very suitable for educational purposes or for training new employees on a virtual system. It is also very suitable for making initial designs for networks and presenting them to clients before starting implementation. Unfortunately, it is not suitable for network testing and penetration testing. Also, it is not possible to add Firewall devices from other companies.
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Riverbed Technology

Riverbed Modeler is well suited for wireless, wired, ZigBee, and Cisco networks. All these scenarios are efficiently designed and simulated using Riverbed Modeler, as all the devices are available in its object pallet, so we just need to drag and drop for the best scenario design in the given dimensions. The simulation results are around 95% accurate. However, it is not suited for data security, as data encryption algorithms are not available in Riverbed Modeler.
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Pros

Cisco

  • It contains most of Cisco's products in one place without the need to use a third party
  • You can design and implement a complete network with all settings and export the configuration file
  • Track and monitor connection status and data traffic
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Riverbed Technology

  • Allows the USE of C++ In Routing protocol of individual switch nodes
  • Easy to use, Easy to setup a working network model, allows to even have computers and all sorts of peripherals like IP Printers etc
  • You can stress test your network simulation, absolutely fantastic tool, bridges Monte Carlo with visual representations of the network in question
  • Great Customer Support
  • Good training articles available online, used as a staple in university setting.
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Cons

Cisco

  • Improve editing tools for writing on the workspace
  • Add tools to help integrate with network analysis programs
  • Add features to enable the program to access the Internet
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Riverbed Technology

  • Riverbed Modeler needs to improve the scenarios of LAN MAN WAN, as the available scenarios under all of these follow a simple area structure that's not connected to the ISP when it comes to simulation. This generates dummy traffic.
  • Riverbed Modeler also needs to work on the selection of result sets so that, as with most designed networks, we can select any result parameter to show. All the parameters are displayed, whether they are relevant or not. It needs to display only relevant result parameters to select.
  • The back-end TCP/IP model needs more clarity to expose the structure to some changes.
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Pricing Details

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    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

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    Riverbed Modeler

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Riverbed Modeler editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

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      Alternatives Considered

      Cisco

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      Riverbed Technology

      The only thing comparable to OPNET is Packet Tracer, which is basic and very limited. Packet Tracer in terms of tool comparison between the two is like OPNET's stone-age relative.
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      Return on Investment

      Cisco

      • Improving group skills through practical applications
      • Solve some problems related to network design
      • The task can be solved at home, you don't have to be in the toffice
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      Riverbed Technology

      • It comes with a costly paid license, but simulating the network before actual deployment saves a lot of costs, in case after deployment we feel performance is not good and we need to change. This would waste a lot of money, but Riverbed saves this money.
      • Its OPNET GURU academic edition is available free of cost, but with limited functionality, which is good for students in maximum case. This will degrade our sale of Riverbed Modeler.
      • A one-time investment in Modeler saves a lot of cost regarding networks, topology, designing, and provides a lifetime license with updates.
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