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Find out what your peers are saying about Cato Networks vs. Versa FlexVNF and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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Pros
"Helps block personal email accounts.""The most valuable feature for us is the DNS-based protection.""Overall, it is a very good solution. It is a simple solution and very easy to set up.""I have found the malware protection feature valuable. It is helpful and deliverable and is able to protect my entire organization from getting compromised. It also prevents us from visiting any malicious sites which are not visible to the users.""The solution is extremely stable. It has excellent performance.""The user interface is great. It's very easy to tailor to our client's environment and needs.""Some clients only want DNS security, while others want more of the advanced features that it has available.""Its simplicity is most valuable. I can install it and get it up and running, and it can be pervasive across my business within a business day. It is pretty simple and straightforward to install and configure. Its remit is reasonably clearly defined. When you look at solutions like Darktrace and Carbon Black, the mission objective isn't as clearly defined. Cisco Umbrella, Sophos Central, or some of the other solutions have a more standardized approach to antivirus, which includes enhanced response from the machine learning or deep learning perspective."

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"The WAN aggregation feature is the most valuable.""The feature that I find to be the most valuable is the bandwidth aggregation.""I haven't had any trouble, and practically forget that I'm using it.""The most valuable feature is that it also works as a next-gen firewall because it has security features.""It's a pretty straightforward solution.""It's a cloud-based solution that integrates well with everything.""The scalability is quite good."

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"Their dashboard is also a good point for us and the customer. The solution is very clean and easy.""Our organization finds the application routing features extremely useful.""The solution is stable and suitable.""It is very easy to deploy. The GUI interface is really good, and the security features are also very good. It is also stable and scalable, and their support is also good.""There are great security and ops features without the need for having a different box for security.""The division of Control Plane and Data Plane is most valuable. It can be deployed anywhere, and you can control it and configure it from anywhere. This is one of the good features of this solution.""The flexibility is a great feature.""Overall, it's nice and very user friendly. That's what makes it so successful. They give you complicated features but with a very simple user interface, and that's been a big success for them."

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Cons
"It should have a real-time malware classification engine. It should check the malware on the website. It would be good if it had a real-time malware check for the websites because currently, it just compares the DNS queries of the blacklist. It should also have malware control over file execution and the types of files that the users are allowed to download.""The integration with Cisco could be better.""Data reporting could be improved.""I would like them to make some videos, practical videos, the kind with steps that people can use to learn and deploy""They need to improve analytics so they report on more of the specifics of user activity.""The product can be pretty expensive.""Missing a real data leakage prevention solution.""I think it's a very basic solution, and because of that, Cisco Umbrella would not be a suitable solution for large companies."

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"They should add more sophisticated security features. It should also be integrated into the cloud.""Cato Networks security could be better.""I would like to see better integration with identity providers.""They can't do one-to-one NAT (Network Address Translation) in AP (their access point), and that is something that Palo Alto can do.""The price could be better.""We would like the product to continue to improve its security.""Its functionality is a bit limited in some areas as compared to a Cisco solution. It is not as granular. It doesn't have the manageability, feature set, and capabilities of a larger or an enterprise-level solution. It just needs a more robust feature set and granularity."

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"I heard about them for the first time just before I started working on Versa. They do have blogs for information, but they could publicize more about the documentation and architecture. It doesn't seem to have that much exposure, and they should work on their customer base more.""We are thinking about how to make customers consolidate the loads to an SD-WAN network so that the customers can have bigger chunk from the SD-WAN side so that customers can have critical data be transferred with NPS VPN and non-critical data or some labeled traffic can be transferred by the SD-WAN network. I think it's a very important direction for digital transformation.""With the pandemic and changing work models, it would be ideal if the product more accessibility options or more diversity within the solution itself.""SASE is the next big thing that is coming up, and it needs to be developed in Versa. This is the only thing that needs to be adapted very quickly by Versa. With the pandemic going on, I would like to see more features for working from home. They have launched Versa Secure Access (VSA), but it is currently immature. They need to tighten it up for work from home and SD-WAN concept.""Future releases should contain AI for the voice feature.""The UTM features can be improved. It should offer better functionality.""The support needs to be improved.""Another thing that should be improved in Versa are their firewall features."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "I am not sure, I don't have the numbers in front of me, but I think it's $1.00 or so per device/month."
  • "Cisco uses subscription models for the pricing and there are three subscription plans."
  • "The licensing part for Umbrella is really flexible."
  • "There are three models for licensing with different feature sets."
  • "I think it's worth the money."
  • "The price of Cisco Umbrella is a little higher than similar solutions, like Gateway."
  • "The price should be slightly lower than the current price because if you look at the whole solution, it is simply a threat intelligence solution to block blacklisted things. The price should be lower looking at the features provided by the solution. The price isn't too high either, but it could be lower."
  • "There is a subscription cost."
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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."
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  • "The price is expensive but it makes sense for the market."
  • "It is not very expensive because of the white box support. Its hardware is much cheaper than other products. With the support for x86 and white box, it is one of the most cost-effective platforms that are currently available."
  • "While I cannot provide too much commentary on the price, I feel it to be fair for the moment."
  • "We provide subscriptions for our customers on a yearly, not monthly, basis."
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    Questions from the Community
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    Cisco Umbrella and Zscaler Internet Access are two broad-spectrum Internet security solutions that I have tried.… more »
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    Cisco Umbrella is an integral component of the Cisco SASE architecture. It integrates security in a single, cloud-native… more »
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    I like that it integrates with the infrastructure. I also like the kind of data and intelligence that's built-in. It… more »
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    It's a pretty straightforward solution.
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    We have the sockets on-premise, some little small boxes that connect to the internet. You could have multiple providers… more »
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    On a scale from one to ten, I would give Cato Networks an eight.
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    The flexibility is a great feature.
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    While I cannot provide too much commentary on the price, I feel it to be fair for the moment. I should note that Citrix… more »
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    I don't have issues with the hardware, as the requisite capacity is visible in the data sheets. All the details in the… more »
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    OpenDNS
    FlexVNF
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    Overview

    OpenDNS provides easy-to-implement Internet navigation and Web security solutions for families, schools, governmental organizations and businesses of all sizes. The services provided by OpenDNS increase the speed of navigating websites and prevent unintended access to phishing and malware sites as well as to any Web content that you configure to be restricted.   

    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.

    Versa FlexVNF is a multi-service, multi-tenant software platform built from ground up on cloud principles to deliver scale, segmentation, programmability and automation. It provides both networking and security functions in a single software along with service chaining capabilities.

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    Sample Customers
    Chart Industries, City of Aspen, Eastern Mountain Sports, FLEXcon, George Washington University, Jackson Municipal Airport Authority, Ohio Public Library Information Network, PTC, Richland Community College, Smart Motors, Tulane University, VeriClaim
    Paysafe, AdRoll, Pet Lovers Centre, Arlington Orthopedics, Humphreys & Partners Architects
    CenturyLink, RCN Business, Colt Technology Services
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Consumer Goods Company9%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Educational Organization6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider27%
    Computer Software Company26%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Government5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider31%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Retailer4%
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    Comms Service Provider89%
    Engineering Company11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider33%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise36%
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    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise65%
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    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise71%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise40%
    Large Enterprise40%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise65%
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    Cato Networks is ranked 6th in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 7 reviews while Versa FlexVNF is ranked 4th in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 10 reviews. Cato Networks is rated 9.0, while Versa FlexVNF is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Cato Networks writes "Easy to deploy, easy to manage, and helpful for network stability and reliability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Versa FlexVNF writes "Excellent integration capabilities, good UI and offers great security features". Cato Networks is most compared with Zscaler SASE, Cisco SD-WAN, Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks, VMware SD-WAN and Prisma SD-WAN, whereas Versa FlexVNF is most compared with Cisco SD-WAN, VMware SD-WAN, Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki SD-WAN and Steelhead. See our Cato Networks vs. Versa FlexVNF report.

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