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Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect vs. Steelhead
May 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect vs. Steelhead and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
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Pros
"The most valuable feature is the support for asymmetric lines.""The file and data reduction capabilities are very good. Without it, we have a great deal of network congestion.""We had several clients that were paying $7,500 a month for an MPLS line for one single 10 megabit circuit and we were able to take that from $7,500 a month down to $500 a month for two 10 megabits circuits that added redundancy where before they did not have redundancy and it gave them a much better throughput."

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

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Cons
"The security can be improved, with the firewall for example, because they supply a basic one but not a UTM.""Their WAN optimization in terms of wireless connectivity doesn't have a very good cellular capability.""We would like to have better features for path selection. For example, if we know the network is going to go down then we would like to set up an alternate route for data packets in real-time."

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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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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "You typically will license the hardware and you license the software to access the hardware capabilities. The price will range anywhere from a hundred to $300 a month. There are no additional costs."
  • "The licensing fees depend on the bandwidth. As an example of what we charge our customers, for 100MB without Boost, the price is approximately $2,000. That includes the licensing and the unit."
  • "The pricing for this product is good."
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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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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Definitely look at Aruba EdgeConnect (formerly known as SilverPeak).  My main client has had them in production for years for five hospital campuses and their headquarters site. They have hardware… more »
    Top Answer:The file and data reduction capabilities are very good. Without it, we have a great deal of network congestion.
    Top Answer:We just did an assessment for our 47 datacenters around North America. The top two enterprise-level network monitoring solutions were ExtraHop first, Riverbed SteelCenter second. Their negotiated cost… more »
    Top Answer:The compression of Riverbed is very powerful. It can also handle large quantities of traffic.
    Top Answer:It's for a very specific use case. It's not for everything. Although the solution is very powerful, it doesn't apply to all enterprises. There is only one feature that needs to be improved. In the… more »
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    Also Known As
    Unity EdgeConnect
    RIverbed Steelhead
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    Overview

    Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect is a complete, high-performance SD-WAN solution that enables service providers to quickly and cost-effectively bring new, differentiated, managed SD-WAN services to market to expand market reach, create new revenue streams and deliver SD-WAN services with SLAs in and out-of-region.

    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
    Aramex, Clair, Ascent, First Bank, Harley-Davidson
    ElAraby, SFK Leblanc, Bobst Group, Northwest Pipe Company, Halkbank, Tradebridge, EFG Hermes
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider24%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Retailer4%
    REVIEWERS
    Government29%
    Energy/Utilities Company21%
    Construction Company7%
    Media Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Government7%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise62%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise63%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Buyer's Guide
    Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect vs. Steelhead
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect vs. Steelhead and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    610,045 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect is ranked 8th in WAN Edge with 3 reviews while Steelhead is ranked 15th in WAN Edge with 3 reviews. Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect is rated 9.4, while Steelhead is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect writes "Has enabled considerable money savings and reduction in traffic ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Steelhead writes "Powerful compression and application optimization". Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect is most compared with Cisco SD-WAN, Fortinet FortiGate, VMware SD-WAN, Cato Networks and Versa FlexVNF, whereas Steelhead is most compared with WAAS, Citrix SD-WAN, Cisco SD-WAN, Silver Peak NX and Exinda. See our Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect vs. Steelhead report.

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