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We performed a comparison between Cisco SD-WAN and Prisma 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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"You can easily scale the product.""It is very simple to deploy. It's a point-and-click type of deployment, so it's fairly simple.""The most valuable features of Cisco SD-WAN are reliability and scalability.""The solution has great scalability.""It's a scalable solution.""The integration of Layer 3 and application routing is great.""The most valuable features in Cisco SD-WAN are the QoS, AI, and simple interface for users to access.""The solution sufficiently provides ISPs."

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"When it comes to supporting large, complex, network architectures, it's a very simple architecture. The main component is the fabric. It's very easy to troubleshoot if there is an issue happening in the underlying network.""If the MPLS goes down, there is a really smooth transition for a branch site to take traffic over the Internet. It will advertise the routes of that site in a jiffy.""From the main controller, we can administer the customer's devices, QoS, network, and traffic. We can monitor it and we can change and create policies as well as upgrade the software. We can totally control a customer's network from one site, the Prisma SD-WAN portal.""Prisma SD-WAN is intuitive. We have a better idea of the different tools we can use and jump between the menus quickly.""Prisma supports all of the applications we're currently using.""It is flexible to use the internet connection via local breakouts without going to data centers.""I like the link monitoring and analytics. These are the features that set Prisma apart from other products. Prisma works well with large, complex networks. One of my clients is a top bank in the United States, and Prisma has performed well for that customer.""The gateway is available on the cloud which allows you access from anywhere and still connects to your home gateway."

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"The cost is too high for certain countries, for example, those in Africa. The solution needs to be more cost-effective.""It's an expensive solution.""Cyber security should also be implemented in the solution, along with maybe implementation of AI/ML.""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 UI has room for improvement.""Cisco needs to improve the technical support for this solution.""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 doesn't have automation capabilities, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and isn't IOT-based."

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"The tool needs to work on price and complexity.""Prisma could be a little cheaper.""There are two parallel things that we want Palo Alto to work on. First, customers want a unified appliance that does the work of all firewalls in addition to SD-WAN. Second, the cloud presence should be completely automated. If I purchase the SASE architecture, I shouldn't worry about deployments in Prisma Access or on Prisma SD-WAN. It should be deployed in one go.""Event correlation and analysis capabilities do not help minimize the number of alarms from a single event. That is the problem. We are getting a lot of incidents, and there is some issue with the correlation. That is still a drawback.""The only con is the pricing because it's more premium.""Prisma SD-WAN's technical support should be improved.""We are incorporating their zone-based firewalls. Prisma SD-WAN has limited documentation on how it manipulates traffic, e.g., how it is interacting with TCP and UDP. We recently had some traffic that was black holing. We literally had to do packet captures to see that the new zone-based firewall, which runs on top of Prisma SD-WAN, was causing issues.""Customer support is our biggest pain point. The quality of support has gone down a little since we initially deployed this product. I don't know if this is due to turnover at Palo Alto or a lack of training. It is now taking one or two days to get an initial response that says, "Hey, we've looked into this, can you pull this data for us?" In the past, we'd immediately get a response."

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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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  • "This solution stood out because it cost considerably less than the other SD-WAN solutions out there from Cisco."
  • "If you're already invested in a Palo Alto product, it would be logical to use this solution. If not, there might be some other solutions that are more viable in terms of pricing."
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    Questions from the Community
    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 »
    Top Answer:Prisma supports all of the applications we're currently using.
    Top Answer:The price is steep, but I don't know what we would've paid for the VMware solution. Meraki is a little cheaper, but Cisco is costly because of the hardware and all the licensing that goes with it. We… more »
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    Also Known As
    Viptela, Cisco vEdge Cloud Router
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    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
    Doyle Research, Ashton Metzler & Associates
    Open Networking User Group, Columbia Sportswear Company, Coca Cola
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider48%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Educational Organization33%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Comms Service Provider5%
    Educational Organization24%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Logistics Company7%
    Company Size
    Small Business41%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise43%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise40%
    Large Enterprise44%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise89%
    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise54%
    Buyer's Guide
    Cisco SD-WAN vs. Prisma SD-WAN
    September 2023
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    Cisco SD-WAN is ranked 2nd in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 42 reviews while Prisma SD-WAN is ranked 6th in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 10 reviews. Cisco SD-WAN is rated 8.0, while Prisma SD-WAN is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Cisco SD-WAN writes "The initial setup is complex, and the price is high, but it is scalable and stable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Prisma SD-WAN writes "We haven't experienced anything ever go down. It has limited documentation on how it manipulates traffic". Cisco SD-WAN is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki SD-WAN, Versa Unified Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) Platform, VMware SD-WAN and Huawei Enterprise Routers, whereas Prisma SD-WAN is most compared with Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks, Meraki SD-WAN, Fortinet FortiGate, Aruba EdgeConnect SD-WAN Platform and VMware SD-WAN. See our Cisco SD-WAN vs. Prisma SD-WAN report.

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