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Peplink SpeedFusion is #12 ranked solution in SD-WAN tools and top WAN Edge tools. PeerSpot users give Peplink SpeedFusion an average rating of 8 out of 10. Peplink SpeedFusion is most commonly compared to Fortinet FortiGate: Peplink SpeedFusion vs Fortinet FortiGate. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a comms service provider, accounting for 31% of all views.
What is Peplink SpeedFusion?

Peplink’s patent-pending SpeedFusion technology powers enterprise VPNs that tap into the bandwidth of up to 13 low-cost cable, DSL, 3G/4G/LTE, and other links connected anywhere on your corporate or institutional WAN. Whether you’re transferring a few documents or driving realtime POS data, video feeds, and VoIP conversations, SpeedFusion pumps all your data down a single fat datapipe that’s budget-friendly, ultra-fast, and easily configurable to suit any networking environment.

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Peplink SpeedFusion Customers

MIT Robotics Team, Intel, Apple, Google, Hootsuite, Northrop Gruman, Alcatel-Lucent, Motorola, Avocent, GE, VW, Marriott, Renaissance, WSI, Union /Pacific

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Peplink SpeedFusion Pricing Advice

What users are saying about Peplink SpeedFusion pricing:
  • "Perpetual licensing, which is good for customers that don't want any annual or subscription based license."
  • "Its licensing fee is on a yearly basis. For the price, it is actually pretty good value."
  • "It has lifetime licensing. Its pricing is high for most of the markets."
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    Budiartha Prakosa
    Product Development Manager at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
    Real User
    Top 20
    Offers bandwidth bundling and perpetual licensing
    Pros and Cons
    • "Our customers find it to be an interesting and tempting solution."
    • "They don't have next generation firewall, UTM, like the other competitors."

    What is our primary use case?

    Our primary use case is for connecting the other SD-WAN. It's used for connecting from branches to headquarters. Peplink is very strong in the device for connecting within the LTE, within the SIM console. Peplink can deploy on everything, on the building, the vehicle, mobile transportation; it's very flexible.

    What is most valuable?

    An advantage of the solution is Peplink is very strong if we want to use it as an LTE connection.

    What needs improvement?

    A disadvantage for Peplink maybe the features are not as strong as those of their competitors. For example, the security itself, still uses very light web filtering and a firewall. They don't have a next-generation firewall, UTM, like the other competitors. That's the disadvantage.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using the solution for the last two years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    My impression is that the solution is stable. The solution has four key features, that maybe the other competitors don't have yet. The first is a secure VPN. It's like IPsec, but their system can be more secure and already comply with PCI DSS, so we can use the Peplink solution in banking. Yeah. And then the second is if we have two or more uplinks running on Peplink and one of the links is down or broken. It'll be automatic over without breaking any session for the internet.

    The third is WAN smoothing. WAN smoothing is the feature from Peplink to ensure the latency is quite low. It's very useful for a broadcasting company that needs low latency. And the latest is the bandwidth bundling, which I don't think the other competitors have these features yet. So if we have two uplinks with 10 megabits per second and 20 megabits per second, it can be bundled in two 30 megabits per second. Maybe not really 30, but maybe 28 or 27 megabits per second. It can be combined, if we bundle for the uplink. That is definitely the beauty of the feature of Peplink.

    How was the initial setup?

    As far as the initial setup, I think all SD-WAN companies will have deployment as simple as possible. The SD-WAN itself, already has zero-touch provisioning technology. We will do the pre-configuration before we send a box out with the device. After the device arrives at the location, they just power on, plug in the internet connection, and the device will load the configuration automatically, based on what we did in the pre-configuration. Peplink already adopted zero-touch provisioning. It's very simple for onboarding.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    For the licensing, I think Peplink has mostly perpetual licensing, which is good for customers that don't want an annual or subscription-based license. Any additional license that Peplink offers is perpetual-based. Maybe only extended warranty, to extend per year or per two years.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    Other competitors that I have hands-on experience with are Nuage Networks from Nokia, Fortinet SD-WAN, and also the latest is Versa Network. Versa has broad features for the NG Firewall, for the UTM, for SASE, and so on. The features are very enriched for Versa. But Peplink has another feature that Versa doesn't have; it's the bandwidth bundling itself. So comparing Versa and Peplink, I think it depends on the customer itself. If the customer needs a device that has many embedded LTE slots, Peplink will match and comply with the solution. But if the customer needs a very rich feature for the SD-WAN,  Versa will comply with the requirement.

    What other advice do I have?

    When I offer the Peplink solution to a customer, I will ask how much throughput they will use for the branches and the office, and how many uplinks. What kind of uplink, and how many users are at the branch and at the head office. Based on that information, I will calculate and find the suitable device for what they need. I make a product by bundling with many services in the telecom.

    My advice that I would say to potential customers is if the customer wants to build the SD-WAN, consider the security. Consider the uplink, the LTE for the bandwidth that can be upgraded, or the bundling; Peplink is the solution. But if the customer is looking for a solution with rich security, next-generation firewall, or can be moved to SASE solution, Peplink cannot do that. 

    I would rate the solution an eight out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud
    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Integrator
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    Bernard Cresencia
    Network & Security Engineer, Team Lead at Crescendo Technology Ltd.
    Real User
    Top 5
    It allowed us to move away from IPsec between the sites and provided the high availability
    Pros and Cons
    • "The SpeedFusion feature is good. It allowed us to move away from IPsec between the sites. It is also a really easy product to deploy."
    • "Their hardware support isn't the greatest. We've had one unit go down, and it took a while for them to replace it. It was in the Caribbeans, so it might be a location-related issue."

    What is our primary use case?

    We're implementing this solution on all our sites. Basically, we want to utilize both ISPs that we have. In the past, we've only used active standby. Whenever we have outages, we want it to be seamless to be able to use the other connection with the other one being down.

    We have two different models that we use. For the offices, we use Balance 380, and for our data center, we use Balance 710. We also have a fusion hub installed in the cloud for Azure and AWS. 

    Right now, it is sitting in front of our firewalls. All of our sites have dual ISPs. So, we are load balancing the internet traffic, and we are using SpeedFusion between the sites.

    How has it helped my organization?

    It allowed us to be able to use both ISP connections at pretty much double the bandwidth. It also provided us the high availability. If one ISP goes down, it is usually transparent, so the users don't notice.

    What is most valuable?

    The SpeedFusion feature is good. It allowed us to move away from IPsec between the sites. It is also a really easy product to deploy.

    What needs improvement?

    Their hardware support isn't the greatest. We've had one unit go down, and it took a while for them to replace it. It was in the Caribbeans, so it might be a location-related issue.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using this solution for a year or so.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It is not bad.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    I can't really answer that. We do have multiple sites, but we have devices at each site, and I don't see any problems adding more sites to it. Our deployment is not too complicated, basically just combining the ISPs and using Speedfusion. Through our sites, we have about 300 to 400 users.

    We have two sites left on which we would like to implement the Peplinks, and we've already migrated all of our other sites.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Their support has been okay. It's just the hardware support that needs to be better. It took a while for them to replace a unit.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    This is our first SD-WAN type solution.

    How was the initial setup?

    It is fairly easy to set up. Our first deployment took about two months from purchase to implementation. We had to reconfigure the firewall so that the Peplinks sit in front of it, and we moved the IPsec connections from the firewall to the Peplinks to handle IPsec, and then we enabled the load balancing and SpeedFusion.

    What about the implementation team?

    We just use Google and their support pages. We currently have a team of seven for its deployment and maintenance.

    What was our ROI?

    The return on investment is having gained the additional bandwidth without having more expenses because we were already paying for them anyway. We pretty much cut it in half if we were to double it.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    Its licensing fee is on a yearly basis. For the price, it is actually pretty good value.

    What other advice do I have?

    It is probably one of the better values out there as compared to the other solutions. Although we haven't evaluated the other ones, the cost itself is what drove us to the solution. So far, we're happy with it.

    I would rate Peplink SpeedFusion an eight out of ten.

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    CEO at DeepBlue
    Reseller
    Top 10
    Perfectly stable solution with good scalability and customer support
    Pros and Cons
    • "The SpeedFusion feature is the most valuable."
    • "Its pricing is the main issue. The pricing could be improved. I would like to see an outbound policy based on the application. It is a very good feature, and most of the customers are looking for that. They can also include stronger firewall features. This would help the customers in choosing this product as the only device for the SD network."

    What is our primary use case?

    We use it for site-to-site connectivity and for video and audio broadcasting.

    What is most valuable?

    The SpeedFusion feature is the most valuable.

    What needs improvement?

    Its pricing is the main issue. The pricing could be improved. 

    I would like to see an outbound policy based on the application. It is a very good feature, and most of the customers are looking for that. They can also include stronger firewall features. This would help the customers in choosing this product as the only device for the SD network.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using Peplink SpeedFusion for more than ten years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It is perfect.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    Its scalability is very good. We have had around 300 users. Most of them are IT managers. 

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Their technical support is very good.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    We did not try other solutions.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is very straightforward.

    What about the implementation team?

    We deploy it ourselves. We are a systems integrator and reseller.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    It has lifetime licensing. Its pricing is high for most of the markets.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would recommend this solution. I would advise starting with the trial version of Peplink SpeedFusion, and if it meets the requirements, you can buy the product.

    I would rate Peplink SpeedFusion an eight out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
    Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller
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