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Last Updated: 9.11.2020
Comparing your specific requirements to the top/best UK, US & Global SD WAN solutions requires analysis across multiple data points from cloud services to security and the ISP underlay connectivity.
Will your business select a pure WAN edge customer premises solution or perhaps opt for NFV (Network Function Virtualisation) virtual appliance technology? Are you considering DIY or fully managed services (MSP)? As ever, the end decision requires aligning business requirements with the right capability encompassing budget and long term strategy.
With the above introduction in mind, the Netify team have designed an online SD WAN vendor quick comparison to help your business understand which vendor solution is a fit based on your initial high level requirements. Simply answer the questions to receive instant comparison results. In this article we review the top 10 SD WAN solutions for UK, US and Global business.
Vendor solution comparison 1 to 5.
|SD WAN architecture||WAN edge based||25+ global PoPs for site to site and cloud traffic||40+ global PoPs for site to site and cloud traffic||Edge based||Edge based|
|Gartner status||Visionaries||Visionaries||Not ranked||Visionaries||Niche players|
|Form factor||Physical||Physical||Physical, Virtual (VMware), Cloud (AWS, Azure)||Physical, Virtual (VMware), Cloud (AWS)||Physical, Virtual (VMware, Hyper-V), Cloud (AWS, Azure, KVM, Oracle)|
|Firewall||Advanced||Basic, advanced via partners||Advanced||Basic, advanced via partners||Basic, advanced via partners|
|WAN optimisation||No||Yes||Limited (TCP optimisation)||No||Yes via add on|
|Traffic handling||Session based, per packet possible||Packet based||Packet based||Session based||Packet based|
|Cloud app path selection||Limited, monitors loss, delay and jitter to consider the best path||Partnered with AWS & Microsoft Azure, manual routes for other cloud/SaaS apps||Cloud apps can leverage the CATO backbone||Measures app performance to select best path||None|
|4G/5G||Yes, SIM card on all devices||No||No||No||No|
Vendor solution comparison 6 to 10.
|Vendor||Cisco Meraki||Citrix||Masergy||Silver Peak||VeloCloud|
|SD WAN architecture||Edge based||Edge based||102+ Global PoP infrastructure located in metro areas||Edge based||100+ global, public gateways for Internet and cloud traffic|
|Form factor||Physical, Cloud (AWS, Azure)||Physical, Virtual (VMware, XS, Hyper-V and KVM), Cloud (AWS, Azure)||Physical, Virtual (VMware, Hyper V, Xen, KVM), Cloud (AWS, Azure, GCP, Oracle Cloud)||Physical, Virtual (VMware, Xen, KVM), Cloud (AWS, Azure)|
|Firewall||Advanced||Basic, advanced via partners||Advanced||Basic, Advanced via partners||Basic, Advanced via partners|
|WAN optimisation||Limited||Yes, 5100, 2100 and 1100 devices. Requires premium edition device||Limited||Yes via add on||No|
|Traffic handling||Session based||Packet based||Packet based||Packet based||Packet based|
|Cloud app path selection||None||Yes, via 14 global gateways||Yes, via global PoP infrastructure||SaaS optimisation WAN egress point (via data centre or hub site)||Yes, 100+ shared gateways for path optimisation|
|4G/5G||Via SIM on MX67C, Via USB air card on other devices||Yes, 210SE device has integrated 4G/5G||Limited||No||Limited via USB|
We recognise that one of the major challenges for any IT team considering SD WAN services is to force transparency across the massive amount of hype and marketing currently generated by service providers and vendors.
Compounding the issue is the need to also identify niche and specialised software-defined WAN players you may not have considered at the same time as ensuring security and access is evaluated across your users and their cloud-based applications. If you are conducting research you'll find the 'lesser-known' solutions are essentially hidden behind the content-generating power of larger SD WAN companies.
And even with the base level of data-points, every Enterprise brings their own specific requirements across branch offices & HQ cloud-based, delay sensitive voice/video and mission-critical SaaS applications and their access, security policies, data centre, migration, budget, support, WAN optimisation, uptime and, well, you probably get the idea. It's kind of time-consuming and confusing.
With digital transformation at the top of the IT Manager or CTO's agenda, which SD WAN features should you deploy and which solution should you choose to ensure reliability, support for users and their apps?