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We performed a comparison between Citrix SD-WAN and Symantec Proxy based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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

To learn more, read our detailed Citrix SD-WAN vs. Symantec Proxy report (Updated: September 2022).
633,184 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"The zero-touch deployment is most valuable for us.""The stability is the main feature of Citrix SD-WAN. You can also upgrade the data packages or have less transmission.""The best feature is the backup capability, where all of the users' computers are tied into a central data repository.""The main advantage of Citrix SD-WAN is that it enables fast communication between our branches and data centers. And, with its cloud management features, it also makes the process of adding new branches into our company network much easier.""The reliability of connectivity is most valuable.""It allows you to combine two asymmetrical connections.""The SD-WAN solution as it is already is quite feature-rich and the upgrade process is very simple."

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"The most valuable features of this solution are the URL database, malicious URLs, policies, and policy creation.""The content that we are getting is very good. Content caching is also supported.""It's a stable solution.""The most valuable feature is the caching.""The solution is scalable.""It is easy to use, and it is stable and scalable. You don't need a large team for deployment and maintenance."

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Cons
"The communication around the life cycle would have been really helpful. The main issue we have had is related to the life cycle because some of the things that we are using were discontinued. They were discontinued within a year after we had purchased it, which is a bit painful. If we had known that, we would've made some other decisions.""The price could be improved, it's an expensive solution.""Given that Citrix SD-WAN solved all our problems by providing us with everything we needed to unify communications with our branches and data centers, I cannot suggest anything further in terms of improvements.""I am happy with this product. If anything, its price can be reduced. It is a bit expensive.""Citrix should continue to offer a perpetual licensing model because it is very important to us.""The price is the only thing that could be improved. Citrix is not a cheap solution.""Even though the monitoring is pretty good, there is some room for improvement there."

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"The user interface could be improved, and the price could be lower as well.""Technical support is an area that requires some improvement.""Support response time and case resolution could be improved.""The solution could improve by having better documentation.""Activating the SSL inspection is one of the challenges. We are currently moving to the O365 cloud, and one of the challenges is the performance when all of our users are connected to O365 by a proxy.""There are performance issues with all of the proxies."

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  • "The price of the subscription should be cheaper."
  • "It is a bit expensive. A cheaper product would be good, but everybody likes things to be cheaper. We bought the devices up front, and then we pay for the annual support."
  • "The license was a one-time purchase. It's expensive."
  • "It depends on the scale. In our case, it would have been better if we had known about the life cycling steps, but otherwise, it is worth the money."
  • "I believe that Citrix SD-WAN is a good investment, but I do not have the information to be more specific."
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  • "In terms of cost, it is expensive. Its pricing has been a challenge for us since its acquisition by Broadcom."
  • "It's expensive. Clients often go to other products."
  • "Licensing is based on a subscription."
  • "The price is too expensive compared with that of another solution."
  • "There are no licensing fees required."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The zero-touch deployment is most valuable for us.
    Top Answer:It depends on the scale. In our case, it would have been better if we had known about the life cycling steps, but otherwise, it is worth the money.
    Top Answer:The communication around the life cycle would have been really helpful. The main issue we have had is related to the life cycle because some of the things that we are using were discontinued. They… more »
    Top Answer:It is easy to use, and it is stable and scalable. You don't need a large team for deployment and maintenance.
    Top Answer:The price is too expensive compared with that of another solution. We have a three-year licence.
    Top Answer:The user interface could be improved, and the price could be lower as well.
    Ranking
    2nd
    out of 17 in WAN Optimization
    Views
    2,953
    Comparisons
    2,090
    Reviews
    5
    Average Words per Review
    460
    Rating
    9.0
    4th
    out of 17 in WAN Optimization
    Views
    1,183
    Comparisons
    899
    Reviews
    5
    Average Words per Review
    274
    Rating
    7.2
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    Citrix CloudBridge, WOC, NetScaler SD-WAN
    Blue Coat Encrypted Traffic Management, ProxySG Appliance
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    Overview

    Citrix SD-WAN is a software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN), WAN optimization, and WAN edge solution. Citrix SD-WAN is recognized for providing a robust, trustworthy user experience so that an organization's distributed workforce can deliver the best possible outcomes at all times. Organizations can easily deploy solid security protocols wherever needed and also have the option to choose from a diverse choice of security options with unified security service and seamless integration with today’s top next-gen firewalls.

    Citrix SD-WAN provides a single cloud-based user dashboard that enables organizations to easily manage their WAN, prioritize and audit applications, and configure security protocols. Citrix SD-WAN enables users to easily manage hybrid multi-cloud processes by improving applications and automating connectivity. Citrix SD-WAN gives organizations tremendous flexibility for deployment from public clouds, data centers, home offices, and branches.

    Citrix SD-WAN is the basis of the Citrix consolidated process to SASE (secure access service edge) combined with cloud-delivered security and zero-trust network access to provide organizations with safe, trustworthy, secure access to each and every application anywhere, using any device.

    The Citrix SD-WAN solution is made up of three basic components:

    • Two software editions.
    • Cloud-hosted (or on-premises) orchestrator for clear visibility and unified protocol management.
    • Appliances: data center, home, branch, physical or virtual.

    Citrix SD-WAN Orchestrator

    The Citrix SD-WAN Orchestrator can be on premises or cloud-hosted and is a multi-tenant management service offered to Citrix partners and do-it-yourself enterprise organizations. The dashboard delivers a comprehensive view of your organization’s SD-WAN network concerning the functionality and usage of every site. The intuitive dashboard delivers a summary of uptime of the overlay and underlay paths, usage trends, and network-wide alerts.

    Available application-centric policies: quality of service (QoS), firewall policies, and application-based traffic steering can all be easily configurable globally or per site.

    Reviews from Real Users

    “With SD-WAN, they have all the features and benefits they need to send live streaming information to the database and to headquarters without requiring a server at each site. Our other clients have various sites with just one type of communication, say a radio or a mobile network. SD-WAN helps them to combine and get a better bandwidth to balance all their applications and services.” - Business Consultant at a tech services company

    “We needed to create some kind of network that was distributed through data and media or big files. It was a retail company, so there were branches, and the branches needed to connect to HQ. We provided HQ and each branch with Citrix SD-WAN. We tried to use it, and it worked well. The transmission was good, and they were losing less data.” - Ruslan M., SMB Sales Director, Regional Business Development Department at Softline

    A Symantec secure web-filtering proxy empowers you to: Control web and cloud usage with fast app performance. Establish negative-day threat defenses. Implement multi-authentication realm support. Gain visibility into encrypted web traffic.

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    Sample Customers
    AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Cornerstone Home Lending Inc., Dallara, ecVision, Essar, Eurofred, Groupe Promutuel, HMSHost Corporation, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Ltd, Royal Caribbean International
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    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company27%
    Wholesaler/Distributor27%
    Integrator9%
    Insurance Company9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Government5%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Media Company6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise36%
    Large Enterprise43%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise61%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business43%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise43%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Buyer's Guide
    Citrix SD-WAN vs. Symantec Proxy
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Citrix SD-WAN vs. Symantec Proxy and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    633,184 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Citrix SD-WAN is ranked 2nd in WAN Optimization with 7 reviews while Symantec Proxy is ranked 4th in WAN Optimization with 6 reviews. Citrix SD-WAN is rated 9.2, while Symantec Proxy is rated 7.2. The top reviewer of Citrix SD-WAN writes "Feature rich, easy to implement, and offers a good ROI". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Symantec Proxy writes "Market leaders with good URL policies that provide effective protection". Citrix SD-WAN is most compared with Cisco SD-WAN, Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki SD-WAN and VMware SD-WAN, whereas Symantec Proxy is most compared with Forcepoint Secure Web Gateway, Fortinet FortiProxy, Cisco Web Security Appliance, Zscaler Internet Access and Cisco Umbrella. See our Citrix SD-WAN vs. Symantec Proxy report.

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