Cisco's SD-WAN - A WAN-derful Way to Connect
January 17, 2023

Cisco's SD-WAN - A WAN-derful Way to Connect

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Score 8 out of 10
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Modules Used

  • Cloud OnRamp

Overall Satisfaction with Cisco SD-WAN

We use Cisco SD-WAN to manage and optimize our wide-area network (WAN) connections. We have several branch offices that need to connect to our enterprise network and the internet: it allows us to do this in a more flexible and cost-effective way. The software-defined networking (SDN) techniques enable us to segment our network, choose the best path for traffic, and manage traffic more effectively.

Pros

  • It swiftly Integrates multiple types of WAN connections, including broadband, LTE, and MPLS
  • It provides centralized management and visibility of our WAN, if you've had experience managing several networks at a go you'll know how much of a gem this is.

Cons

  • The initial setup and configuration of the software can be somewhat complex, especially if you are not familiar with SD-WAN technology
  • It has many advanced features and capabilities and as so it can be difficult to find the specific setting or option that you are looking for in the interface
  • Path Selection which gives you the ability to choose the best path for traffic based on various criteria
  • Network Segmentation
  • Centralized Management and Visibility
  • Our branch offices can connect to our enterprise network and the internet quickly and securely, which has helped to increase productivity and reduce downtime.
  • We have been able to reduce our dependence on expensive MPLS connections, and instead utilize a combination of broadband and LTE connections, which are more cost-effective
  • The centralized location improves network visibility and troubleshooting process

Do you think Cisco Catalyst SD-WAN delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Cisco Catalyst SD-WAN's feature set?

Yes

Did Cisco Catalyst SD-WAN live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Cisco Catalyst SD-WAN go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Cisco Catalyst SD-WAN again?

Yes

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.

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