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We performed a comparison between Cradlepoint NetCloud and Versa FlexVNF based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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Pros
"As compared to the other major vendors in the SD-WAN market, such as VeloCloud, Cisco, and others, the tunnel-free and secure vector routing technology is its major USP, which gives plenty of room to discuss with the customer why IPSec from 1998 is a bit outdated."

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"The most valuable feature of this solution is the automatic failover."

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"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.""The initial setup is simple.""It's very powerful, especially for engineering teams.""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 product has a dynamic VPN feature for SD-WAN.""There are great security and ops features without the need for having a different box for security.""The solution is stable and suitable.""The most valuable features are the main steering and the firewall. The security features and SD-WAN features are also quite good."

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Cons
"The UI of the SSR conductor is the main part where improvements can be done. Today, for every configuration step, you have to do a series of clicks. What we are missing there are wizards. For example, I have two applications, and I want one application to be prioritized against the other. In such a case, a wizard for assigning policies to a service without configuring each step by hand would be very helpful. There should be an overhaul of the GUI of the conductor. The functionality they have got in the Mist portal should be baked into the conductor itself. It would be really great, but as we all know, that won't happen."

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"The performance of group-based clouds should be enhanced."

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"There are limitations when you connect from multiple locations. It does not work as expected. If you have more than 400 users, then it will choke. It will not perform as expected.""The solution lacks a mobile version where small, manageable platforms can be developed.""The VPN feature is relatively new. It came out two releases ago, and they're still fixing that up.""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.""The interface could be simpler.""The security should be improved.""The stability of FlexVNF's controller and devices could be improved.""With the pandemic and changing work models, it would be ideal if the product more accessibility options or more diversity within the solution itself."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "We are currently renegotiating the offer for the licenses and the license bundle model. The license for an ISP has to be different from the license for an end customer. This is something we are currently renegotiating with Juniper, but, of course, the pricing for the licensing is always an issue when you want to get more customers."
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  • "The annual cost is less than $200,000 yet more than $150,000.00."
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  • "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."
  • "Price wise, it's more expensive than is the competition. I would give pricing a rating of three out of five."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:As compared to the other major vendors in the SD-WAN market, such as VeloCloud, Cisco, and others, the tunnel-free and… more »
    Top Answer:We are currently renegotiating the offer for the licenses and the license bundle model. The license for an ISP has to be… more »
    Top Answer:The UI of the SSR conductor is the main part where improvements can be done. Today, for every configuration step, you… more »
    Top Answer:Cradlepoint NetCloud is very stable.
    Top Answer:I believe the net cloud licensing is roughly a couple hundred dollars a year, but I'm not positive. Another manager of… more »
    Top Answer:Cradlepoint has a Trend Micro interface. They run Trend Micro, kind of like firewall — web filtering on top of it. There… more »
    Top Answer:It's relatively new. I'm primarily in the testing part. I find bugs day in and day out. There are a few particular bugs… more »
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    128T Networking Platform, 128 Technology SD-WAN
    FlexVNF
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    Overview

    The 128T Networking Platform (128T) natively provides network-based security, control, and insight across data centers, wide-area networks (WAN), and edge locations for enterprises, service providers, and cloud companies alike. 128T is reshaping the way organizations design, deploy, and operate real-world networks by making them dramatically simpler, smarter, and more secure — it’s going to fix the router — and ultimately the network — as we know it.

    Cradlepoint’s NetCloud is an integrated platform that connects modern enterprises from the Edge to the cloud to ensure pervasive connectivity and greater availability. It combines advanced Enterprise Software-Defined Network (SDN) and Software-Defined Perimeter (SD-P) technologies that enable dynamic connectivity and network management of fixed branch locations, vehicles, and M2M/IoT deployments within one pane of glass platform.

    Versa Networks Versa Operating System (VOS) is a next-generation operating system that is highly pliable. VOS empowers service providers, organizations, and businesses to deploy an extensive variety of software-defined solutions, including Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) and Secure SD-WAN in satellite offices, cloud, campus, and data centers.

    The Versa Director, a single-pane-of-glass management platform, administers and provisions all security and network functions of a VOS deployment for either cloud or on premises. Versa Analytics collaborates with Versa Director to deliver full transparency, predictive analysis, baselining, and correlation for application, network usage, and security events. Versa Analytics will thoroughly analyze and filter all logs, export reports, application usage, and network security. The information is collated to make searching events super fast and easy, and will deliver comprehensive intuitive directives.

    VOS is a multi-tenant, cloud-native, and multi-service software stack with a complete set of networking functionalities, such as advanced scalable routing and full-featured SD-WAN. This makes it feasible to easily create dynamic managed services and software-defined enterprise architectures that are very flexible and scale easily.

    VOS is specifically created using enterprise-class carrier-grade operational functionalities such as distributed management and data plane fabric with on-demand capacity and embedded elasticity. Enterprises and service providers are empowered to seamlessly integrate advanced networks and security functions into any desired process using robust service chaining for third-party services and appliances.

    Versa Operating System Benefits

    • Cost-effective: Versa VOS is deployed using a low-cost x86 architecture and appliances. VOS makes use of next-generation developments in virtualized infrastructures and processors. This minimizes the need for excessive capital purchases and costly upgrades that are customary with traditional legacy network hardware devices.
    • Flexible deployment options: Versa VOS offers the broadest offering of deployment options in the marketplace today. VOS can be deployed in SASE, new SDN environments, cloud, and legacy environments. VOS has been developed to run seamlessly on bare metal Versa Cloud Gateway (CSG) groups of appliances using cost-effective pricing and industry-leading next-generation features. VOS is able to run on preconfigured certified white box platforms, IaaS platforms (Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and Oracle), and hypervisor VMs (Microsoft Hyper-V, KVM, VMware ESXI). VOS delivers high performance and throughput by fully utilizing Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) support and robust multi-core processors.
    • Seamless operations: VOS is out-of-box operational and fully supports industry standard protocols and log formats such as SNMP, IPFIX, Netconf, and Syslog. This makes VOS easily compatible with existing reporting, monitoring, and network management systems.
    • Scalable: The multi-tenant and cloud-native software services platform seamlessly integrates networking and security services, which enables VOS to scale easily on demand and maintain high availability, service continuity, and delivery of both third-party network security functions and Versa VOS.

    Reviews from Real Users

    “They are pretty transparent on every layer of the networking to build the SD-WAN. Troubleshooting is easier due to that. They, it seems like, do not try to cover or wrap the SD-WAN into my interface, which would make it difficult to troubleshoot. They really open up every part of the technology so that if there is an issue, it would be easier to troubleshoot. It's very powerful, especially for engineering teams. And yet, they manage also to keep it from being too complex.” - Networking Consultant / Networking Business Manager at a tech vendor

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    Sample Customers
    Revation Systems
    City of San Antonio, Statue Cruises, Tour Dubai, St. David's Foundation, JBT, DSC Dredge
    CenturyLink, RCN Business, Colt Technology Services
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Retailer6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Government13%
    Retailer5%
    REVIEWERS
    Comms Service Provider82%
    Construction Company18%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Energy/Utilities Company8%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise63%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise56%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise43%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise65%
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    Cradlepoint NetCloud is ranked 18th in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 1 review while Versa FlexVNF is ranked 4th in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 10 reviews. Cradlepoint NetCloud is rated 0.0, while Versa FlexVNF is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Cradlepoint NetCloud writes "Simple to install and reliable, but technical support should improve their response time". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Versa FlexVNF writes "Transparent with fair pricing and good reliability". Cradlepoint NetCloud is most compared with Meraki SD-WAN, Peplink SpeedFusion, Cisco SD-WAN and Fortinet FortiGate, whereas Versa FlexVNF is most compared with Cisco SD-WAN, VMware SD-WAN, Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki SD-WAN and Zscaler SASE.

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