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We performed a comparison between Prisma SD-WAN and VMware SD-WAN based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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"It is flexible to use the internet connection via local breakouts without going to data centers.""Prisma SD-WAN is intuitive. We have a better idea of the different tools we can use and jump between the menus quickly.""The gateway is available on the cloud which allows you access from anywhere and still connects to your home gateway.""I like the link monitoring and analytics. These are the features that set Prisma apart from other products. Prisma works well with large, complex networks. One of my clients is a top bank in the United States, and Prisma has performed well for that customer.""When it comes to supporting large, complex, network architectures, it's a very simple architecture. The main component is the fabric. It's very easy to troubleshoot if there is an issue happening in the underlying network.""I like that the integration with Palo Alto is easy.""From the main controller, we can administer the customer's devices, QoS, network, and traffic. We can monitor it and we can change and create policies as well as upgrade the software. We can totally control a customer's network from one site, the Prisma SD-WAN portal.""Prisma supports all of the applications we're currently using."

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"Increases the performance of applications and is easy to deploy.""Feature-wise, VMware SD-WAN is a really strong cloud web security product.""It can be used for load balancing and load sharing. It's easy to use and customizable.""This solution is as stable as most firewalls. VMware is a reputable vendor.""The most valuable features of VMware SD-WAN are the overall capabilities and ease of use.""VMware SD-WAN is easy-to-use.""The most valuable feature of VMware SD-WAN is security. Additionally, the integration and configuration are easier to do than with other solutions, such as Cisco.""I find the application-aware routing feature to be the most valuable."

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"There are two parallel things that we want Palo Alto to work on. First, customers want a unified appliance that does the work of all firewalls in addition to SD-WAN. Second, the cloud presence should be completely automated. If I purchase the SASE architecture, I shouldn't worry about deployments in Prisma Access or on Prisma SD-WAN. It should be deployed in one go.""The only con is the pricing because it's more premium.""Customer support is our biggest pain point. The quality of support has gone down a little since we initially deployed this product. I don't know if this is due to turnover at Palo Alto or a lack of training. It is now taking one or two days to get an initial response that says, "Hey, we've looked into this, can you pull this data for us?" In the past, we'd immediately get a response.""Prisma SD-WAN's technical support should be improved.""We are incorporating their zone-based firewalls. Prisma SD-WAN has limited documentation on how it manipulates traffic, e.g., how it is interacting with TCP and UDP. We recently had some traffic that was black holing. We literally had to do packet captures to see that the new zone-based firewall, which runs on top of Prisma SD-WAN, was causing issues.""The tool needs to work on price and complexity.""Prisma could be a little cheaper.""I'd like to see them move more towards CASB."

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"Can't execute commands quickly when troubleshooting. The graphic user interface is slow.""The dashboards could be improved.""There should be more automation and self-service features.""I would like to see more features added to increase visibility.""The solution is pricey. It could be cheaper.""VMware SD-WAN doesn't have the best built-in firewall.""There is one feature that would set VMware SD-WAN apart from others solutions, and that is what I call inter-cloud connectivity. All the solutions regarding VMware are good because for example, If I go from my workplace to a retail office and I want to use my applications in the Cloud, that is possible. Perhaps we have customers who have their IT partial environments hosted in different cloud locations, such as Amazon and Azure, and the interconnection between the clouds, this is not possible. If it was possible it would be a market game-changer. Having the SD-WAN solution that is good at optimizing and facilitating traffic between different cloud providers would be great.""The solution needs improvement on security features and should include two firewalls. Cloud VPN can’t support any link. The solution needs to also improve the availability of centralized internal management. It needs to have debug detection and Deep Packet Detection features as well. The documentation for VMware is also hard to find."

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  • "This solution stood out because it cost considerably less than the other SD-WAN solutions out there from Cisco."
  • "If you're already invested in a Palo Alto product, it would be logical to use this solution. If not, there might be some other solutions that are more viable in terms of pricing."
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  • "You need to pay for a license to use this product."
  • "There is only a standard fee for the solution."
  • "The licensing model of VMware SD-WAN could be improved, it is not always that competitive. The biggest concern is to be competitive against other solutions. However, the way that the licensing model is designed is not corresponding to the real use cases of my customers."
  • "Overall pricing could be lower. It is much more expensive than traditional hardware vendor pricing."
  • "The solution's price combines the license and the bandwidth you used."
  • "We pay about $500 USD, or 700,000 Korean won."
  • "The minimum cost is $10,000 a month to have a monitoring station set up."
  • "The price of VMware SD-WAN is less expensive than some solutions, such as Cisco."
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    Top Answer:Prisma supports all of the applications we're currently using.
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    Top Answer:VMware SD-WAN provides competitive pricing. I rate the pricing a seven out of ten.
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    Simplify management, enable app-defined SD-WAN policies and deliver a secure, cloud-delivered branch today with the Industry’s first next-generation SD-WAN.

    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:

    • Reduced cost of network management. Organizations that choose to employ VMware SD-WAN can manage their network at a cost that is 2.5 times less expensive than what it costs to use traditional WAN architectures. Its ability to both augment existing hardware and replace said hardware if the user chooses to do so is part of what enables users to reduce their overhead costs. 
    • Ease of deployment. VMware SD-WAN makes it possible for organizations to deploy it without having to rely on the assistance of technical experts. When the device - whether virtual or otherwise - is connected to the internet, it integrates with a central orchestrator that pushes the correct integrations to the device in question. This automates the installation process and makes it so that anybody can initiate and follow the deployment through to the end of the process. 
    • Easily segment networks to improve environmental performance. Users can divide their networks into multiple segments that share a single IP address. These networks can be incorporated into an organization’s IT infrastructure and enable it to run more reliably. One way it does this is by providing multiple potential channels for data to use to travel in the event that one of the data pathways is suffering from some kind of issue. 

    VMware SD-WAN Features

    • Centralized monitoring. VMware SD-WAN is monitored at all times by a centralized orchestrator. From one place, an organization can watch every part of its network. Instead of having to search for the data they need, it can all be found in one location.
    • Integration capabilities. VMware SD-WAN offers users the capability to integrate their network with the environment of their choosing. This enables them to connect their network to the IT environment that best meets their needs. It makes it easy for them to work with multi-cloud and hybrid environments.
    • Real-time data analytics. VMware SD-WAN can analyze network data in real time. This makes it easy for users to monitor their network’s performance. It also allows them to take steps to quickly remediate any issues that arise before they can become worse.

    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.” 

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    Sample Customers
    Open Networking User Group, Columbia Sportswear Company, Coca Cola
    Redmond, Coca Cola, Roka Bioscience, MetTel, Deutsche Telekom, Rockford Construction,  The Bay Club, tru Independence, Triton Management Services, DevCon, AXPM
    Top Industries
    Educational Organization24%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Logistics Company7%
    Comms Service Provider46%
    Manufacturing Company21%
    Computer Software Company8%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Company Size
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise89%
    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise54%
    Small Business41%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise33%
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Buyer's Guide
    Prisma SD-WAN vs. VMware SD-WAN
    September 2023
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    Prisma SD-WAN is ranked 6th in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 10 reviews while VMware SD-WAN is ranked 3rd in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 26 reviews. Prisma SD-WAN is rated 8.6, while VMware SD-WAN is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Prisma SD-WAN writes "We haven't experienced anything ever go down. It has limited documentation on how it manipulates traffic". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware SD-WAN writes "To fully utilize cloud vendors' hardware networking, Microsoft and VMware support everything". Prisma SD-WAN is most compared with Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks, Cisco SD-WAN, Meraki SD-WAN, Fortinet FortiGate and Cato Networks, whereas VMware SD-WAN is most compared with Cisco SD-WAN, Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki SD-WAN, Cato Networks and Cisco Umbrella. See our Prisma SD-WAN vs. VMware SD-WAN report.

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