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Exinda vs. Steelhead
May 2022
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"It has the ability to prioritize, providing an automatic optimization. I can put it in a hierarchy and know that certain devices will be prioritized over others. It is able to identify the traffic. It can pick out whether if its a Zoom meeting (or something like that), then it's able to put that somewhere in the hierarchy based on the traffic type.""The most valuable feature is the ability to create policies where we can tailor them to the customer. It enables us to prioritize apps and users for bandwidth.""The most valuable feature is the ability to manage the traffic at the application layer. It makes things a lot easier. We're not digging for port numbers and IP addresses and different services... It makes us far more responsive in our ability to do things and speed up the process. We're a very small shop, so having something that's straightforward and easy to use is a big help.""The most valuable features are the shaper, accelerator, and the reporting... it will shape the traffic better than, for example, a Cisco, because it's more gentle on the shaping side of things. Suppose you were selling a 20-meg link. Because you can shape to the nth degree of traffic, the 20-meg link feels like about a 30 to 40-meg link."

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"I find the most valuable to be the compression and exchange replication.""The compression of Riverbed is very powerful. It can also handle large quantities of traffic.""It is very easy to install the solution."

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"In terms of improvement, one thing that has always frustrated me about it is that when you look at real-time monitoring, you can only filter it by IP address. You can't filter it by anything else. It would be good if we could filter by VLAN.""The updating of applications that the system knows about could be a little quicker. For example, Zoom had been out for a while, but it took a while for it to show up as an application that Exinda could natively handle. We had to write some things in order to handle Zoom, initially.""A lot of working with this solution is really intuitive. I have picked it up mostly on my own. I'm sure that there are some things that maybe I hadn't thought of or really hadn't considered, and I think it would be good just to promote some day courses. I don't really see a whole lot that comes out for Exinda as far as training or informational sessions through our normal resellers. It would be cool to know more about the solution by utilizing educational resources or even have Exinda promoted a bit better.""There might be room for improvement in the speed and throughput of some of their devices. They're getting a bit slow on some of the bigger devices. It would be helpful if there were some sort of an ISP model."

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"The product should offer more integration capabilities.""If we load a primary firewall, the secondary firewall usually handles all the active connections, but in Riverbed, this isn't the case. We lose all the active connections at the moment of failure.""They should include a network switch in a future release."

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  • "It is priced well for the market, for what it needs to do."
  • "The pricing and licensing are pretty fair and really competitive. There are other SD-WAN solutions that are pretty costly because they build in a service where they'll manage it for you, which is really great. I don't know if Exinda has that option as well. However, we are a small shop and cost-conscious. For things like this, we are accustomed to self-managing and this solution suits us just fine. For a tool that gives you, like the graphs and reporting, it has a fair price point."
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  • "The solution is expensive and the service contacts are costly too. The cost of the device makes the value proposition borderline acceptable for us. The service contract fees we pay is approximately $30,000 annually."
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    The compression of Riverbed is very powerful. It can also handle large quantities of traffic.
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    Overview
    Exinda is designed to help Network Managers solve pressing IT problems in today's complex network. Our award winning technology combines interactive analytics, an intelligent recommendation engine and powerful actions like shaping and optimization, all in one solution.

    Riverbed SteelHead CX is the industry's #1 WAN optimization solution. SteelHead CX is proven to dramatically speed up the performance of applications anywhere in the organization while delivering the best end-user experience even under sub optimal network conditions. Reduce bandwidth utilization by up to 95%, deferring costly network bandwidth upgrades. Increase performance by up to 100x for on-premises applications.

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    Sample Customers
    UMass Dartmouth, MLB Network, R&R Ice Cream, Savills, Manhattan School of Music, Blum Shapiro, Cincinnati Public Schools, City of Richmond, Genting Casinos, The Salvation Army, VoIP Unlimited, Frontier Silicon, Lakeshore Toltest, CTI Foods
    ElAraby, SFK Leblanc, Bobst Group, Northwest Pipe Company, Halkbank, Tradebridge, EFG Hermes
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    Comms Service Provider29%
    University29%
    Manufacturing Company14%
    Marketing Services Firm14%
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    Comms Service Provider33%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Retailer5%
    Government5%
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    Energy/Utilities Company21%
    Construction Company7%
    Media Company7%
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    Comms Service Provider27%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Government7%
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    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise44%
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    Midsize Enterprise25%
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    Buyer's Guide
    Exinda vs. Steelhead
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Exinda vs. Steelhead and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    597,415 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Exinda is ranked 5th in WAN Optimization with 4 reviews while Steelhead is ranked 4th in WAN Optimization with 3 reviews. Exinda is rated 8.0, while Steelhead is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Exinda writes "Gives us the ability to prioritize network traffic into a hierarchy". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Steelhead writes "Powerful compression and application optimization". Exinda is most compared with Citrix SD-WAN, Symantec Proxy and Fortinet FortiWLC, whereas Steelhead is most compared with WAAS, Citrix SD-WAN, Cisco SD-WAN, Silver Peak NX and Silver Peak VX. See our Exinda vs. Steelhead report.

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