Aruba EdgeConnect SD-WAN Platform vs Cisco SD-WAN comparison

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We performed a comparison between Aruba EdgeConnect SD-WAN Platform and Cisco SD-WAN based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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"The most valuable features of Silver Peak VX is the flexibility, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness. Additionally, the long-distance performance of the application storage is easy and effective.""The platform is valuable for bandwidth reduction.""The most valuable feature of Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect is the boost.""Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect has high availability.""The solution includes features for SD-WAN and WAN such as batch conditioning and optimization.""The most valuable feature of Silver Peak VX is the overall performance.""The most valuable features of Silver Peak VX are we can register our customers and they can receive free training and all the solutions features.""It is a scalable solution."

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"The product helps to aggregate network links. The tool increases security and makes it possible for you to have remote workers.""SD-WAN is very stable - once it's deployed, you can just forget about it, it runs by itself.""The best feature of this technology that is available to us is the ability to do better load-balancing.""The scalability is the most valuable feature.""The technical support is very responsive.""It is very simple to deploy. It's a point-and-click type of deployment, so it's fairly simple.""You can easily scale the product.""The solution is stable and reliable."

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"We would like to have better features for path selection. For example, if we know the network is going to go down then we would like to set up an alternate route for data packets in real-time.""If compared with Cisco, then Aruba's pricing is very aggressive.""The license features should improve in the solution. For example, when you purchase VMware, it starts at a low level that has some functionality. When you want to expand, the difference in the price is substantial. I purchased the lower functional version for $4,000, and now if I want to upgrade, they ask me for $80,000. This is a $76,000 difference, there's no logic, but this is VMware.""More technical sessions should be offered for deploying the solution.""This solution is suitable for small to medium-sized companies. If we have large-sized companies it is better to use Cisco or Palo Alto.""The support, which is the direct support from Aruba, has shortcomings and needs to be improved.""Aruba EdgeConnect SD-WAN Platform’s stability and technical features need improvement.""There are some functional limitations that could improve."

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"We had some issues with Cisco SD-WAN but somehow we troubleshot it and things are going well. The issues have not been a large problem.""The initial setup was not very straightforward, but it gets easier the more deployments you complete.""They have taken away our ability to do what we are good at, which is working on the CLI, the interface right on the router. They have limited the commands so much that troubleshooting is nearly impossible.""Cisco SD-WAN could improve on the ease of integration, the configuration should be easier. At the moment the process is more command line based and it would be better if it was able to be done through an interface.""The solution is a bit complicated.""One area for improvement in Cisco SD-WAN is reporting. The report needs to give more visibility to the customer. The security feature in Cisco SD-WAN also needs improvement, particularly if Cisco wants to challenge other brands, such as Fortinet.""It would be better if it provided more visibility. At present, we can't troubleshoot in real time.""The initial setup is complex and can be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The pricing for this product is good."
  • "The license could improve for Silver Peak VX."
  • "The price of Silver Peak VX is expensive compared to competitors. There are licenses, renewals, and support that need to be paid."
  • "There is an annual license required to use Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect."
  • "The license for Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect is paid annually."
  • "The price of Silver Peak VX is reasonable but could improve."
  • "On a scale of one to ten, where one is low, and ten is high, I rate the pricing around five to six."
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  • "The price is high."
  • "The pricing is fair, and it's on par with the market vendors. But based on the competition, Cisco could work on the pricing, go deep on discounts and provide more commercially viable solutions to customers."
  • "When purchasing, there are so many features available that it's quite confusing deciding which to choose. And some of the devices force you to buy licenses you don't want."
  • "This is not a cheap option but if you move from Capex to Opex, I expect you should have lower costs."
  • "Cisco SD-WAN is more expensive than its competitors."
  • "It's costly. The cost is high compared to competitors."
  • "There is a monthly subscription to use this solution."
  • "For 600 links, the license for Cisco SD-WAN costs us US$250k a year."
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    Answers from the Community
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    imadam - PeerSpot reviewerimadam
    Real User

    @Diyaspino,​ all three are overpriced. 

    Depending on what are you looking for, you may look at Fortinet or even check the latest Sophos offering. 

    There is a number of different postings on SD-WAN in the last few years. Once people learned that SD-WAN is an old VPN with a new user interface, they moved to a new buzzword. 

    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:At the moment, for us, it is a very good solution because it has all the features we need and it is not so expensive.
    Top Answer:On a scale of one to ten, where one is low, and ten is high, I rate the pricing around five to six. It is not so expensive.
    Top Answer:At the moment, for us, it is a very good solution because it has all the features we need and it is not so expensive. Hence, it seems to be a good solution for us. The support, which is the direct… more »
    Top Answer:The cloud environment, including cloud security integration, is very valuable because of the many API integrations with the SD-WAN.
    Top Answer:The pricing is neutral. However, there is room for improvement in the licensing model.
    Top Answer:In the transition from Viptela to Cisco SD-WAN, there have been very huge revision cycles in the last three to four years. This does not happen for a stable product. Still, it is because Cisco has… more »
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    Also Known As
    Silver Peak NX, Silver Peak VX, Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect
    Viptela, Cisco vEdge Cloud Router
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    The EdgeConnect SD-WAN platform secures and powers a self-driving wide area network for cloud-first enterprises.

    In today’s edge-to-cloud enterprise, user experience and security are not optional

    Aruba EdgeConnect SD-WAN provides a secure network foundation for Zero Trust and SASE. It includes a first-class SD-WAN paired with a next-generation firewall delivering unmatched quality of experience and advanced security.

    Best-of-breed SASE with no compromise

    EdgeConnect SD-WAN enables a best-of-breed SASE architecture that meets the security requirements of today’s digital organizations. It provides comprehensive SD-WAN and security services including next-generation firewall, fine-grained segmentation, IDS/IPS, and tightly integrates with many SSE (Security Service Edge) solutions.

    Cisco SD-WAN is a software-defined WAN (wide area network) solution that provides for secure stable connections to applications for enterprises and organizations. Cisco SD-WAN works to speed up the seamless movement to the cloud. A very robust and reliable solution, Cisco SD-WAN is cutting-edge in threat security and stability of the complete network and has very low latency. Cisco SD-WAN uses Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), data centers, and even the internet to smoothly advance the move to a SASE (Service Access Service Edge)-based architecture. The Cisco SD-WAN dashboard gives you a complete visual of your entire infrastructure; you can see everything in real time. You will also have simplified IT operations and gain advanced network capabilities, dependability, and security. One valued feature is the overlay management protocol (OMP), which applies to your entire network to speedily connect all your company data centers. Cisco SD-WAN has a very flexible architecture and can be deployed on premises, in the cloud, hybrid, and even has multi-cloud options. Cisco SD-WAN instantly discovers, authenticates, and provisions all devices, both existing and new.

    Cisco SD-WAN simplifies the management of multiple connections across the WAN, improves the end-user experience, improves overall application functionality and performance, and is a very cost-effective solution. Cisco SD-WAN integrates well with Microsoft 365, Salesforce, and many other cloud-based business solutions. Additionally, Cisco SD-WAN optimizes connectivity and streamlines workflows for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Azure.

    Benefits of Cisco SD-WAN

    • Increased profitability - Cisco SD-WAN will improve performance and decrease overall connectivity costs.
    • Improved productivity - Cisco SD-WAN requires less staff to manage and secure the WANs so valuable resources can be allocated elsewhere in your organization, increasing total productivity.
    • Flexible scalability- Cisco SD-WAN’s flexible and easily scalable architecture will allow your organization to address significantly greater business opportunities, helping to consistently increase revenue.
    • Enhanced security - Cisco SD-WAN offers real-time policy enforcement, ensuring that downtime and unplanned outages are kept to a minimum.

    What real users have to say:

    Cisco SD-WAN is fast with lower costs: “Using SD-WAN to combine services can result in better up time, higher speeds, and much lower costs.”

    Cisco is a brand you can trust: “Cisco is an industry leader, so customers have a high level of trust with the brand - more so than with some newcomers that might have some more revolutionary solutions, but no name recognition.”

    Cisco SD-WAN offers load-balancing and real-time traffic monitoring: “Load balancing is a feature that allows us to take the best of our links and distribute the load intelligently, always with an eye on the end-customer experience.”

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    Sample Customers
    Group Dekko, Kingston Technology, American Student Assistance, Ares Management, Charlotte Metro Credit Union, Colonial Savings, Community Bank, Denali Credit Union, Bed Bath & Beyond, Breweries of Cameroon, Carnival Australia, Coastal Beverages, Toshiba Electronics, Tru Blu Beverages, WAXIE Sanitary Supply, Charleston Area Medical Center, Community Health Plan, Healthcare Company, Mercy Health, Linklaters, Miles & Stockbridge, Thomson Snell & Passmore
    Doyle Research, Ashton Metzler & Associates
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider42%
    Insurance Company17%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Comms Service Provider6%
    Comms Service Provider48%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Educational Organization33%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Comms Service Provider5%
    Company Size
    Small Business44%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise31%
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Small Business41%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise43%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise40%
    Large Enterprise44%
    Buyer's Guide
    Aruba EdgeConnect SD-WAN Platform vs. Cisco SD-WAN
    September 2023
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    Aruba EdgeConnect SD-WAN Platform is ranked 8th in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 11 reviews while Cisco SD-WAN is ranked 2nd in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 42 reviews. Aruba EdgeConnect SD-WAN Platform is rated 8.4, while Cisco SD-WAN is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Aruba EdgeConnect SD-WAN Platform writes "Very unique that SD-WAN and WAN optimization can be used for any hardware or software". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco SD-WAN writes "The initial setup is complex, and the price is high, but it is scalable and stable". Aruba EdgeConnect SD-WAN Platform is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, VMware SD-WAN, Prisma SD-WAN, Steelhead and Cato Networks, whereas Cisco SD-WAN is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki SD-WAN, Versa Unified Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) Platform, VMware SD-WAN and Cato Networks. See our Aruba EdgeConnect SD-WAN Platform vs. Cisco SD-WAN report.

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