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We performed a comparison between Cisco SD-WAN and Huawei Enterprise Routers based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two WAN Edge solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Cisco SD-WAN vs. Huawei Enterprise Routers report (Updated: September 2022).
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Pros
"When we have had power outages for a few hours we have had no issue with Cisco SD-WAN coming back online and functioning.""Cisco SD-WAN is a stable solution.""It is really easy to deploy and use. It is also easy to use for failovers and designing solutions. The rollout is really quick. It is easy to adjust and roll out.""It's a complete solution with many security features.""Cisco SD-WAN's collaborative features are unique and sustainable. I also like the protocols, which use two SD-WAN.""This solution comes with comprehensive technical support.""Installation is easy.""The user experience is pretty good."

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"The product is very reasonably priced.""The scalability is good.""When we started, the connection was amazing for the 100G between the switches and the co-switch. What the students typically use for school is a maximum is 40 so they now have faster technology.""The most valuable feature of Huawei Enterprise Routers is if have two networks at different geographical locations with a great deal of distance they work together as if they are on the same cloud network.""The configuration syntax makes it easy for us to configure the device and perform troubleshooting when needed.""I have been able to connect the solution to many platforms such as Windows, Apple, and Android.""This product uses a non-proprietary command line, which makes it compatible across many different systems.""Overall we have found the solution to be satisfactory."

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Cons
"Since Cisco acquired Viptela, the stability of this solution has given problems since it is quite new.""Some competitors are much faster in providing out-of-the-box solutions, more innovative solutions. In terms of innovation, in many cases, they're lagging behind.""The initial setup is really complex.""The licensing model needs to be improved.""Cyber security should also be implemented in the solution, along with maybe implementation of AI/ML.""This solution could be improved with a simpler implementation process and licensing model.""The installation is not easy. If you have experience and it is not your first time doing the installation, it can be easier.""Cisco SD-WAN's clustering mechanism needs to be improved. If there are more than five milliseconds of latency time between installations of the VM manager, the cluster automatically breaks down."

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"The configuration is complex and should be simplified.""Lacks sufficient market availability.""The only problem I see is configuration loss.""It would be better if local storage management was more flexible, so that unused data could be easily removed.""If Huawei can use its own OEM processor, it could be a good step up for future use in the network devices.""Huawei Enterprise Routers can improve by enhancing their security. The software architecture and the operating system that runs on their router and the security capability are not as strong when compared to Cisco.""We have found we have to restart the routers or reconfigured them a lot of the time, this issue should improve. The quality of the hardware needs to be more durable.""Essentially, they need to open their licensing model such that when a customer buys a device, they have a full view of all of the available licenses for it."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "SD-WAN as a service is probably something in the neighborhood of $100 to $200 a month per location."
  • "The costs are a bit on the high side."
  • "It is much cheaper than other solutions. Most of our clients are the top 500 companies, and they all have a corporate contract."
  • "The license model is too complex with too many flavors and options. You might not be able to see it from an end user's point of view, but from a telco point of view, their license model is too complex. They should have a flexible license model. If you want to have good pricing, you need to buy it for a two-year, four-year, or five-year license immediately. Some other vendors have much more flexible license models."
  • "It is going to be on a yearly basis. There are no additional costs."
  • "It is expensive. The license limitation is there in terms of bandwidth. Basically, Cisco is always good in terms of performance and related things. However, if you want to have a license, for example, for 100 Mbps, they charge you because of their 100 Mbps. If you want to go without the license of 300 Mbps, it is a bandwidth license as well. This is not happening with other vendors. That is the reason why we moved away from Cisco. The bill gets a little bit high. I do remember that one time we were trying to increase the bandwidth for at least five devices, and the license got as high as 20-grand for five devices, only for the license. It was expensive for us at the time. Our company is not a big company, but it is a solid company. The price was very high, and we moved away from Cisco because of the price."
  • "The pricing of this solution is very expensive."
  • "Cisco's pricing is not entirely satisfactory when you compare the SD-WAN solutions in Asian markets — like the South Asian market in Sri Lanka — because there are several competing brands including Fortinet and Citrix, who provide much the same product for a generally lower price. And when it comes to firewall vendors like Palo Alto and SonicWall, they're also selling here. It's the same with VMware, too; they have much the same features."
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  • "These routers are not too expensive."
  • "There is no licence for this solution, but the solution could be cheaper."
  • "The price of the solution is fair."
  • "There are additional licensing costs. I am aware of additional licenses and which services are added to the router."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The solution has great scalability.
    Top Answer:The licensing cost is slightly on the higher side, but some of the customers are large, so they are willing to pay for it. On a scale of one to five, I would rate Cisco's pricing as a three.
    Top Answer:There's not much that should be improved, but the focus should be on the application side and more cloud applications should be added into the system. Most common sales applications should be… more »
    Top Answer:This product uses a non-proprietary command line, which makes it compatible across many different systems.
    Top Answer:Licensing costs for Huawei are generally around five times cheaper than for Cisco.
    Top Answer:The integration process of the solution could be improved, to reduce the amount of reconfiguration needed. Also, it would be better if local storage management was more flexible, so that unused data… more »
    Ranking
    2nd
    out of 26 in WAN Edge
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    22,757
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    Reviews
    40
    Average Words per Review
    523
    Rating
    8.0
    8th
    out of 26 in WAN Edge
    Views
    3,887
    Comparisons
    3,258
    Reviews
    10
    Average Words per Review
    439
    Rating
    7.3
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    Also Known As
    Viptela, Cisco vEdge Cloud Router
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    Overview

    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.”

    Huawei Enterprise Routers AR G3 Series Routers, the AR G3 all-in-one router series integrates multiple services including; routing, switching, 3G, WLAN, voice, and security functions in one device.
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    Sample Customers
    Doyle Research, Ashton Metzler & Associates
    Bus Online, VisionChina Media Inc. (VisionChina), China Network Television (CNTV), Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, ABC, BovenIJ hospital
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider47%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Transportation Company5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider35%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Media Company4%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business45%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise42%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise65%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business54%
    Midsize Enterprise38%
    Large Enterprise8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise53%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco SD-WAN vs. Huawei Enterprise Routers
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco SD-WAN vs. Huawei Enterprise Routers and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    Cisco SD-WAN is ranked 2nd in WAN Edge with 50 reviews while Huawei Enterprise Routers is ranked 8th in WAN Edge with 11 reviews. Cisco SD-WAN is rated 8.0, while Huawei Enterprise Routers is rated 7.4. The top reviewer of Cisco SD-WAN writes "Stable, cutting-edge, and robust". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Huawei Enterprise Routers writes "Easy to configure and troubleshoot, but they need more visibility in the licensing model". Cisco SD-WAN is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Versa FlexVNF, VMware SD-WAN, Meraki SD-WAN and Peplink SpeedFusion, whereas Huawei Enterprise Routers is most compared with Cisco Enterprise Routers, MikroTik Routers and Switches, Fortinet FortiGate, MikroTik Cloud Router Switch and VMware SD-WAN. See our Cisco SD-WAN vs. Huawei Enterprise Routers report.

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