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    2nd
    out of 17 in WAN Optimization
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    2,976
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    2,095
    Reviews
    5
    Average Words per Review
    381
    Rating
    9.4
    8th
    out of 17 in WAN Optimization
    Views
    665
    Comparisons
    555
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    Also Known As
    Citrix CloudBridge, WOC, NetScaler SD-WAN
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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

    Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) is a software- and hardware-integrated, WAN optimization and application acceleration solution, and part of Cisco Intelligent WAN (IWAN). Cisco WAAS reduces latency and optimizes bandwidth. (4:46 min). Cisco WAAS provides an elastic "scale as you grow" enterprise-wide deployment model with Cisco AppNav and industry-leading scalability for secure acceleration of email, file, web, software-as-a-service (SaaS), video, and VDI applications. Cisco IWAN with Akamai Connect optimizes web and mobile applications by extending the Akamai Intelligent Platform directly into the branch.
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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
    Dimension Data, National Rugby League
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Wholesaler/Distributor38%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Integrator13%
    Insurance Company13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider30%
    Computer Software Company29%
    Financial Services Firm4%
    Government4%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider41%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise45%
    Large Enterprise36%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise61%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise70%
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    Citrix SD-WAN is ranked 2nd in WAN Optimization with 5 reviews while WAAS is ranked 8th in WAN Optimization. Citrix SD-WAN is rated 9.4, while WAAS is rated 0.0. The top reviewer of Citrix SD-WAN writes "Provides a fluid experience, balancing bandwidth to applications or solutions that need prioritizing". On the other hand, Citrix SD-WAN is most compared with Cisco SD-WAN, Fortinet FortiGate, VMware SD-WAN, Meraki SD-WAN and Silver Peak VX, whereas WAAS is most compared with Steelhead and Silver Peak NX.

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