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Steelhead vs. Versa FlexVNF
July 2022
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"The compression of Riverbed is very powerful. It can also handle large quantities of traffic.""I find the most valuable to be the compression and exchange replication.""It is very easy to install the solution."

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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 most valuable features are the main steering and the firewall. The security features and SD-WAN features are also quite good.""Their dashboard is also a good point for us and the customer. The solution is very clean and easy.""The solution is stable and suitable.""There are great security and ops features without the need for having a different box for security.""The flexibility is a great feature.""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."

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Cons
"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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"Another thing that should be improved in Versa are their firewall features.""SASE is the next big thing that is coming up, and it needs to be developed in Versa. This is the only thing that needs to be adapted very quickly by Versa. With the pandemic going on, I would like to see more features for working from home. They have launched Versa Secure Access (VSA), but it is currently immature. They need to tighten it up for work from home and SD-WAN concept.""Future releases should contain AI for the voice feature.""The interface could be simpler.""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.""With the pandemic and changing work models, it would be ideal if the product more accessibility options or more diversity within the solution itself.""The security should be improved.""The stability of FlexVNF's controller and devices could be improved."

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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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  • "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."
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    Questions from the Community
    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 »
    Top Answer:It's very powerful, especially for engineering teams.
    Top Answer:Price-wise, it's quite fair with the list of capabilities on offer. If we use the features a lot that enables the NG firewall for SMO. It's much cheaper than having a separate SD-WAN unit and an… more »
    Top Answer:The interface could be simpler. There have been improvements over time, however, it could be improved further. While nothing is lacking in terms of information, if they could make it simpler for… more »
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    Overview

    The leading network optimization and application performance solution chosen by over 30,000 organizations worldwide

    The performance of networks and applications directly impacts business productivity. Riverbed draws from nearly two decades of experience in driving network and application performance over Wide Area Networks with its flagship offering, SteelHead. SteelHead delivers the underlying technology that helps enterprises of all sizes maximize the efficiency and performance of the networks and applications used to run modern business. 

    SteelHead 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.

    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
    ElAraby, SFK Leblanc, Bobst Group, Northwest Pipe Company, Halkbank, Tradebridge, EFG Hermes
    CenturyLink, RCN Business, Colt Technology Services
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    Government29%
    Energy/Utilities Company21%
    Construction Company7%
    Media Company7%
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    Comms Service Provider25%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Government7%
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    Comms Service Provider82%
    Engineering Company9%
    Construction Company9%
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    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider24%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Financial Services Firm6%
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    Small Business12%
    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise59%
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    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise62%
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    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise50%
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    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise66%
    Buyer's Guide
    Steelhead vs. Versa FlexVNF
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Steelhead vs. Versa FlexVNF and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    621,703 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Steelhead is ranked 15th in WAN Edge with 3 reviews while Versa FlexVNF is ranked 7th in WAN Edge with 8 reviews. Steelhead is rated 8.0, while Versa FlexVNF is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Steelhead writes "Powerful compression and application optimization". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Versa FlexVNF writes "Very user-friendly and nimble software platform solution". Steelhead is most compared with WAAS, Citrix SD-WAN, Cisco SD-WAN, SteelConnect and Silver Peak VX, whereas Versa FlexVNF is most compared with Cisco SD-WAN, VMware SD-WAN, Fortinet FortiGate, Meraki SD-WAN and Netskope CASB. See our Steelhead vs. Versa FlexVNF report.

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