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RedSeal is a great tool for audit and compliance. It can do configuration analysis, audit against "golden" configurations, and map a network with little user interaction. RedSeal is not great for an environment where a tool like this must be fully integrated into not only audit and compliance, but also into change management.
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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.
Read full review Pros RedSeal is great for compliance RedSeal is a great tool for path investigation and risk analysis RedSeal has a great network model/map Read full review 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. Read full review Cons Next-generation firewall support Change management process integration Read full review 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. Read full review Alternatives Considered
RedSeal outperforms both Skybox and
in the area of audit and compliance and can work with aging firewall technologies (stateful firewalls) and network gear (routers and switches). It is better than
in respect to next-generation firewall assessments but is behind Skybox in this area. RedSeal also lacks change management integration which both Skybox and
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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.
Read full review Return on Investment RedSeal will provide positive ROI for its ease of compliance and audit reviews RedSeal will provide positive ROI for network documentation and path analysis Read full review 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. Read full review ScreenShots