"After we finished setting Contrail up, it seemed stable enough. Still, we never tested it in a real environment, so we don't have enough information to say whether it's stable with a given number of users and appliances. We have tested it in a lab environment, but we haven't tested enough to say that the platform is stable."
"Juniper Contrail Networking is a stable solution."
"I like VMware SD-WAN's automation and zero-touch provisioning. Its main advantage is simplicity. Anyone can use this gateway."
"It is very simple to configure. When you use the cloud to configure the equipment, it has zero-touch provisioning."
"If one circuit crashes, we are able to switch to a second circuit without any disruption in connection."
"When extra capacity is needed, we can get it very quickly."
"The service they provide is very stable and is the main influencer of why customers purchase this solution."
"VMware is the only SD-WAN solution that integrates with Azure Virtual WAN."
"In my experience, the setup process has been fairly straightforward."
"Juniper Contrail Networking is difficult if you do not have a certificate for Juniper. Juniper is a different type of configuration or operation than Cisco."
"Visibility, especially for the top of the platform, is a nightmare. The top was documented incorrectly and really complex to complete. In the end, it worked but only after several weeks of work with the support of a Juniper solution engineer in Holland."
"Some of the service providers that use VeloCloud as their SD-WAN should be enabled to have better global visibility."
"I would like to see more features added to increase visibility."
"The security of the firewall should be improved. It would be a good idea to have a standalone product with better security."
"VMware SD-WAN could improve by having more partnerships with other vendors."
"In an upcoming release, the solution can be more functional and have additional features."
"The prep time and understanding what you want to do and how much bandwidth you'll need and how you're going to configure it on the network, that's more of an issue than anything else."
"Its integration with the security systems would be a nice implementation. They can also consider using a management platform for both network and security operations. This would be a great improvement."
"There are a number of customers we have that require a fully mashed SD-WAN on VeloCloud that is not available currently."
VMware Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) is a secure access service edge (SASE) platform that combines many types of software-based network technologies in an attempt to enable users to virtualize their wide area networks and reduce their reliance on hardware. In essence, this solution makes it possible for users to reliably access their applications from anywhere in the world by leveraging cloud technologies. Users can simply, efficiently, and completely control their network devices and traffic. It ensures that organizations are always able to use the best possible connection to their data centers. VMware SD-WAN steers traffic so that it is always using the most reliable connections and at the same time takes steps to remediate any problems that it detects in other network links. This guarantees that organizations can access high-priority applications at all times.
VMware SD-WAN Benefits
Some of the ways that organizations can benefit by deploying VMware SD-WAN include:
VMware SD-WAN Features
Reviews from Real Users
VMware SD-WAN is a solution that stands out when compared to many of its competitors. Two major advantages it offers are its ability to automate the process of creating and maintaining a virtual local area network and its intuitive user dashboard.
Sami I., principal cloud architect at Loihe, writes, “One of the solution's most valuable features is the VMware core automation stack at an SDDC. It includes NSX, the VMware virtualization layer for the networks (the LAN virtualization), which works extremely well with the VMware SD-WAN solution and is the primary advantage over all the others. None of the other vendors could integrate with the virtual LAN, making it quite complicated and virtualized to be fully automated.”
Chih S., senior technical consultant at a tech services company, says, “The product has a very good user dashboard that is simple to navigate.”
Juniper Contrail Networking is ranked 4th in Software Defined Networking (SDN) with 2 reviews while VMware SD-WAN is ranked 3rd in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 23 reviews. Juniper Contrail Networking is rated 7.0, while VMware SD-WAN is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Juniper Contrail Networking writes "It's stable enough in a lab, but the setup is complex, and support is insufficient". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware SD-WAN writes "To fully utilize cloud vendors' hardware networking, Microsoft and VMware support everything". Juniper Contrail Networking is most compared with Cisco SD-WAN, VMware NSX, Tungsten Fabric, HPE SDN and Juniper Session Smart Router, whereas VMware SD-WAN is most compared with Cisco SD-WAN, Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki SD-WAN, Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks and Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect.
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