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    The Fortinet FortiGate local partners were good. I did not have direct contact with Fortinet support.We were looking for the VPN feature and controlling the inflow and outflow of all the traffic within the site and across the sites. We are also using it for the VPN and VLANs.
  2. The integration of Layer 3 and application routing is great.The technical support is very responsive.
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  4. The most valuable feature of VMware SD-WAN is flexibility. It is more flexible than other vendors.When we upgrade to one of the edges, it goes very smoothly.
  5. The most valuable features of Cato Networks are the always-on VPN for remote workers and centralized management. Additionally, web filtering and antivirus are good.
  6. I have found that Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall is easy to use, highly secure, and the main VPN tunnel is created automatically which is a benefit.
  7. The stability is the main feature of Citrix SD-WAN. You can also upgrade the data packages or have less transmission.The reliability of connectivity is most valuable.
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  9. The initial setup is simple.I like all the features. We utilize different LAN, bandwidth transferring, bandwidth balancing, and mappings. We use it as a centralized solution, and use the same product at all our locations.
  10. Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect has high availability.The most valuable feature of Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect is the boost.

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Rony_Sklar - PeerSpot reviewer
Rony_Sklar
PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)

Hi peers,

What are some of the most common SD-WAN security vulnerabilities? How can I detect and prevent these potential security issues? 

Lipaz Hessel - PeerSpot reviewer
Lipaz HesselSD-WAN comes with firewall inside the device, the issue with that Firewalls is… more »
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WAN Edge Topics

What Is the difference between SD-WANs and WANs?

Current WAN edge technologies are increasingly influenced by SD-WAN (software-defined wide area network) technologies. SD-WAN identifies business-critical applications and directs them over the most efficient route of the WAN.

WANs and SD-WANs vary in the following ways:

WAN

SD-WAN

Application Performance

WAN architecture drives the traffic from the network edge via data centers for security checks before sending it to the network. This causes delays and issues with cloud performance.

SD-WAN identifies and prioritizes critical application traffic. The system can detect where to send each app’s traffic, and distributes it to the closest cloud inspection service.

Connectivity

Transports the traffic over MPLS (multiprotocol label switching) from branch routers to data centers.

Uses broadband and internet services, providing faster connectivity and extra bandwidth.

Management and Visibility

WAN architecture is typically siloed, which can be complicated when you need to orchestrate multiple licenses and vendors.

Uses a unified management approach, with centralized policy creation and visibility.

Security

Typically uses a VPN (virtual private network) to create a secure tunnel and protect the data.

Integrates advanced security mechanisms such as IPS (intrusion detection systems).

Costs

WAN infrastructure requires investment in hardware and it is generally expensive to update or expand the network.

SD-WANs don’t require investing in hardware to scale or expand the network. Additionally, they use low-cost internet to transport information, thus they are cheaper than MPLS.

What are the advantages of having a modern WAN edge?

Transforming the WAN (wide area network) edge by adding SD-WAN (software-defined WAN) functionality can improve productivity, simplify WAN operations and allow for better digital transformation and transition to the cloud.

Some advantages of transforming WAN edge capabilities include:

  • Secure connection to cloud computing platforms and cloud-hosted applications.
  • Simplification of branch connectivity from the edge.
  • WAN features like TCP (transmission control protocol) optimization and application protocol optimization improve application performance.
  • More visibility and centralized network management.
  • Optimization of traffic according to applications - for instance, using API (application programming interface) support for Microsoft 365.
  • Improving limitations of WAN edge routers by using route learning protocol.
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