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  • "The price is not an issue for us, as it is priced more competitively than some other vendors."
  • "If you compare with VeloCloud, the price is the same or even cheaper."
  • "You pay yearly based on the speed of your network. If you increase the speed of your network, you increase the cost for your throughput. It is by bandwidth for the most part and then licenses for VPN. There is some per-seat licensing for VPN access, but the majority of it is minimal. It is like $30 a year per client. The rest is based on how much bandwidth you'll use. You pay for that upfront for the year, and if you have to increase it, you increase it, and then they let you send more data through. There are no additional costs in addition to the standard licensing fees."
  • "Cato Networks seems more expensive than Cisco Meraki."
  • "The pricing of this solution depends on what you need. It is based on bandwidth."
  • "I rate the price of Cato Networks a four out of five."
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    Top Answer:On a scale from one to ten, I would give Cato Networks an eight.
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    128T Networking Platform, 128 Technology SD-WAN
    Aryaka SmartConnect, Aryaka SmartServices, Aryaka Managed WAN Services
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    Overview

    The 128T Networking Platform (128T) natively provides network-based security, control, and insight across data centers, wide-area networks (WAN), and edge locations for enterprises, service providers, and cloud companies alike. 128T is reshaping the way organizations design, deploy, and operate real-world networks by making them dramatically simpler, smarter, and more secure — it’s going to fix the router — and ultimately the network — as we know it.

    About Aryaka
    Aryaka, the Cloud-First WAN company, brings agility, simplicity and a great experience to consuming the
    WAN-as-a-service. An optimized global network and innovative technology stack deliver the industry’s
    #1 managed SD-WAN service and sets the gold standard for application performance. Aryaka’s
    SmartServices offer connectivity, application acceleration, security, cloud networking and insights
    leveraging global orchestration and provisioning. Aryaka’s customers include hundreds of global
    enterprises including several in the Fortune 100.

    What is Aryaka SmartServices?
    Aryaka provides a global and regional secure, integrated, fully managed SD-WAN service deployed on a purpose-built, multi-cloud, global L2 WAN optimized network. Aryaka offers this network as a rich set of
    managed services that are seamlessly integrated to deliver the highest possible user experience. These
    on-demand services are designed with “cloud-first” principles for easy consumption, operational
    simplicity and scale.

    • - Aryaka SmartManage: delivers on all the foundational capabilities required to power the
      SmartServices platform. This includes automation and orchestration, Global Network
      Operating Centers (NOCs) to enable always-on monitoring and predictive analytics for
      ongoing capacity planning.
      - Aryaka SmartConnect is the on-demand, fully managed, end-to-end SD-WAN connectivity service that serves the needs of global enterprises and their local and regional offices and provides site-to-site Internet VPNs and last-mile connectivity. It
      offers connectivity to Oracle’s cloud infrastructure; offers distributed, SLA driven access to Azure IaaS/PaaS via ExpressRoute; and access to SaaS applications, such as Microsoft Office 365, Salesforce, 8x8, Zoom and more.
      - Aryaka SmartOptimize is an on-demand application optimization and application
      acceleration solution delivered as a service.
      - Aryaka SmartCloud provides public clouds and partner clouds networking as a service,
      enabling fast connectivity to IaaS and SaaS on demand.
      - Aryaka SmartSecure provides a comprehensive security-as-a-service offering from the branch to the LAN and to the cloud via security partners, including Zscaler and Palo Alto Networks.
      - Aryaka SmartInsights is enabled by the MyAryaka Cloud; it provides insights on the State of the WAN as well as predictive analytics and allows the enterprise customer to define application prioritization at the branch or region level to monitor QoE and to mitigate failures with proactive monitoring.

    Cato Networks is a leading SASE (Secure Access Service Edge) platform, combining SD-WAN and network security to obtain a cloud-native service. Cato Networks optimizes and secures application access for users and identities. The platform delivers a next-generation secure networking architecture that minimizes legacy IT infrastructures’ complexity, costs, and risks. The goal of Cato Suite is to connect any user to any application securely and optimally.

    Cato Suite runs on a private global network of more than 65 PoPs (points of presence) connected via SLA-backed network providers. The service can connect branches, data centers, users, and clouds. Cato can be deployed in stages to augment legacy network services.

    Cato Suite delivers end-to-end route optimization for WAN and cloud traffic. The architecture is self-healing, enabling a high service uptime.

    Cato Features

    Cato Cloud has a global backbone to deliver a reliable, global network. Here are some key SD-WAN features of Cato Cloud.

    • Optimizes traffic flows: The Cato Suite can individually optimize traffic flows in the last mile - from the customer’s location to the point of presence, and also between PoPs. This feature eliminates the need for internet providers to hand off traffic to each other, avoiding the resulting latency and congestion.
    • Controls and manages bandwidth: The software-defined overlay is encrypted across the entire cloud infrastructure. This overlay uses application-aware routing, analyzing latency and loss data to choose the best route according to network conditions. These features, like protocol priority marking, enable the system to ensure the performance of real-time applications.
    • Delivers redundancy and failover: By connecting the points of presence with multiple Tier-1 IPs, Cato builds the redundancy needed to ensure security and highly available service.
    • Cloud-native: Cato is built as a scalable, resilient, and elastic cloud service.
    • Converged: The platform converges SD-WAN and network security into a single infrastructure framework.
    • Secures all edges: Cato Network can secure and optimize traffic from all users, locations, applications, and clouds.

    What challenges does Cato Network solve?

    • Migration to SD-WAN

    MPLS (multi-protocol label switching) networks are usually expensive and limited in their capacity. Cato simplifies migrating to a faster, higher-capacity internet and SASE cloud. Cato SD-WAN appliances enable customers to improve usable capacity and resiliency.

    • Global connectivity optimization

    Customers who suffer from the challenge of high latency and network inconsistency can use Cato to deliver a consistent connection and user experience to access on-premises and cloud applications.

    • Securing branch internet access

    Cato’s complete network security stack connects all branch locations to the Cato cloud, therefore protecting all traffic, both internet-bound and WAN, with enterprise-grade, cloud-based security services. This capability avoids having to backhaul internet traffic to a data center or hub or having to implement stand-alone cloud security solutions.

    • Cloud acceleration and control

    Organizations using Cato notice an acceleration of cloud traffic. Cato achieves this by routing all traffic from the edges to the PoP closest to the data center. Because of the close distance between the two, the latency is near zero.

    Reviews from Real Users

    An IT manager/project coordinator at a healthcare company says that “[Cato is] a cloud-based solution that integrates well with everything. They are the classic SaaS solution.”

    Yeong-Gi L., a network engineer at Snetsystems, notes that “The solution is very stable. The scalability is quite good. Technical support was always helpful and responsive. The integration capabilities are not a problem at all.”

    "The most valuable feature is that it also works as a next-gen firewall because it has security features," says Lorenzo S., senior solutions consultant Lead at MDI.

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    Sample Customers
    Revation Systems
    World Transport Agency, Henny Penny Corporation, INTTRA, Marposs, Apex CoVantage
    Paysafe, AdRoll, Pet Lovers Centre, Arlington Orthopedics, Humphreys & Partners Architects
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider34%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Government5%
    Retailer5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider33%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Government5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider24%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Financial Services Firm4%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise65%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise63%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise56%
    Large Enterprise11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise56%
    Buyer's Guide
    WAN Optimization
    August 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cato Networks, Citrix, Broadcom and others in WAN Optimization. Updated: August 2022.
    620,600 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Aryaka Managed SD-WAN is ranked 7th in WAN Optimization while Cato Networks is ranked 1st in WAN Optimization with 8 reviews. Aryaka Managed SD-WAN is rated 0.0, while Cato Networks is rated 9.2. On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cato Networks writes "Easy to deploy, easy to manage, and helpful for network stability and reliability". Aryaka Managed SD-WAN is most compared with Cisco SD-WAN and VMware SD-WAN, whereas Cato Networks is most compared with Zscaler SASE, Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks, Cisco SD-WAN, VMware SD-WAN and Silver Peak NX.

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