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VMware SD-WAN Valuable Features

Sami-Isoaho - PeerSpot reviewer
Principal Cloud Architect at Loihe

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 automized.

The other extremely nice function from some vendors is that VMware has been integrating VMware SD-WAN with the cloud vendors or software-defined networking. Microsoft Azure is the most important because I work mostly with Azure customers. So far, VMware is the only SD-WAN solution that integrates with Azure Virtual WAN. 

Furthermore, if you want to fully utilize the cloud vendors' hardware networking, as in Azure Virtual WAN, Azure backbone, Microsoft and VMware support everything. No other vendors provide those two. An important element for my customers was their use of different hardware stacks for networking and security. If you go for a software-only product, like VMware, you don't need to replace your firewalls and routers immediately. This is where Fortinet and Cisco differ significantly from VMware.

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Senior Lead Network Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

VMware has been chosen by many of our customers who do not want to do a lot of complex routing in their environment and want a very easy-to-use solution. The most valuable features are simple troubleshooting, Dynamic Multipath Optimization (DMPO), and cybersecurity. 

DMPO is a technology that is similar to a proprietary technology that VMware has. Customers probably do not understand too much about it in detail but they know about the benefits of it in general. What it does is constantly monitors all different areas, such as latency, jitter bandwidth, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. It makes sure that if there is a case where there is a networking jitter contained in the link, it figures out how to maneuver your traffic elsewhere. This is all done automatically without customers getting slowed down on those poor links. The customers do not want to spend too much time researching these complex technologies which VMware automatically takes care of them. It benefits many IT teams by taking a lot of the burden away who are constantly juggling a hundred different other things as well.

The cybersecurity component is very important. VMware also has a lot of security components embedded into the SD-WAN, especially with the traditionally SD-WAN, and now a lot more integration through secure access with partnerships companies, such as Zscaler and other SaaS-based solutions. VMware has a lot of portfolios within themselves that can support many security use cases and if they cannot they have partnerships with industry leaders who can. For example, the Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) solutions through the Zscaler partnerships can help customers who want to move from traditional VPN solutions towards ZTNA based ones.

Overall as an experience, I have found that customers like the UI/UX experience that they receive from VMware.

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Network Analyst at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees

It's stable most of the time. It's reliable I would say. We have rarely or never disconnected unless there's a power issue or power outage. Even then, we have a disconnection from one of the branches. Beyond that we don't have a lot of issues. It's very minimum disruption. That's what I like about it.

It's very easy to work with the solution. We understand it well. Customer service is very good. 

When we upgrade to one of the edges, it goes very smoothly. 

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ISM Network Architect at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees

Their QOE, or Quality Of Experience, is the most valuable feature. Basically, VeloCloud measures the latency and the chatter and everything on a voice application, and it just routes the traffic or duplicates the packets according to that chatter. 

They have a lot of built-ins. There are so many applications defined inside the solution. It makes it so that we don't have to create some policies. Each and every application is already defined in it.

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Hirendrasinh R  Chauhan - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Technical Consultant at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

There is a cloud gateway feature that centrally locates every space, which you don't get with Cisco. The cloud gateway is a very good feature for scaling purposes, etc. It's a very simple feature. In fact, everything about VeloCloud is quite simple, including the concept of the circuits, and, from a  technical perspective, it's not as challenging as Cisco VPNs. They have VPN 0, VPN 1, VPN 2, VPN 3, but they're very simple in that approach — the concept of circuits. Overall, I think both products are good. 

Cisco has begun to push its SD-WAN code within all of its ISR routers. This has made deployment quite challenging. With VeloCloud, deployment is much easier because they include all of their own hardware.

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IT Network Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

There is a feature called DMPO (Dynamic Multipath Optimization) which is good. Here in Latin America, the quality of the internet is very poor. So what DMPO does, well, in a branch office or in a work from home environment, we can have bad quality internet links, but with the IT team, SD-WAN or VeloCloud, the DMPO makes the link a Smartlink. For example, if the link is presenting packet loss, the VMware solution applies a remediation algorithm. For packet loss, DMPO introduces packet cloning so we send the packet twice. We recover all the packets despite the link having packet loss. If we have two or three internet links, we can also summarize all the links together so, this basically increases the packet capacity. It also decreases the timing of the VeloCloud Gateway.

VeloCloud Gateways are instant and deployed globally so we can create a DMPO tunnel on-premise to a VeloCloud Gateway and then serve SaaS applications. At corporate headquarters, there are three internet links, but employees were experiencing poor quality of Microsoft Teams. So all the Microsoft Office 365 traffic was sent from the location to a VeloCloud Gateway. The VeloCloud Gateway tunnel is protected by the DMPO, so users have a better experience. With Office 365 applications like Microsoft Teams, OneDrive and Azure, the DMPO features increase the performance of the applications because it can remediate bad quality links.

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Paul Woods - PeerSpot reviewer
Founder at SDWAN Clan

It's true, zero-touch provisioning. Anyone can migrate over to VeloCloud, it's that simple, just plug in the necessary cables and it's done.

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Director Solutions Engineering at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

It is fairly similar to other solutions. It has the capability for testing link connectivity, which is its unique feature from a control perspective.

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SihleLetlaka - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Infrastructure Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

The most valuable features are the orchestration layer, plug and play capabilities, and also the fact that you can either configure it as a full mesh or hard install. Even though fully meshed is limited, it is still a good feature.

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MichaelGraham - PeerSpot reviewer
Founding-Partner Executive at a comms service provider with 11-50 employees

There are 400 functionalities of the system. Depending on the user's requirements, we may find one feature more important than the other.

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Manager, Technical Solutions at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees

I have found the optimization feature that acts to ensure the quality of the services running on the overlay to be most valuable.

VMware SD-WAN is a more complete product because of the SD-WAN feature.

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Technical Lead at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

VeloCloud developed DMPO to increase performance and connectivity.

VeloCloud provides very good performance, support, portal configuration, and service integration — I think that it's perfect.

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EricBiederbeck - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Projektmanager at Telekom Deutschland GmbH

The most valuable feature of VMware SD-WAN is the virtualization platform. You can use the software on any hardware. Additionally, the solution is easy to use.

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Cloud & Network team lead at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The most valuable feature of this solution is manageability. 

It is easy to plug in new sites and provision new sites. 

It's very straightforward. It's difficult to find fault with this solution.

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Mohammed Gawas - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Network Engineer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

I like VMware SD-WAN's automation and zero-touch provisioning. Its main advantage is simplicity. Anyone can use this gateway.

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Senior Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

If one circuit crashes, we are able to switch to a second circuit without any disruption in connection. 

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Network Offering Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

I have found the dynamic multipoint protocol(DNPO) most useful because it can tell you which is the best circuit to use for different types of traffic.

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Telecommunicatios and Electronics Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The most valuable features of this solution are the security endpoints and the VeloCloud.

Some of the best features are the SD-WAN platform for VMware and the NSX network virtualization.

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Network and Telecommunications Team Leader at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees

VMware SD-WAN is a complete solution.

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TEDDY LLANO - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Lead at Yssy

The most valuable feature of VMware SD-WAN is flexibility. It is more flexible than other vendors.

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Telecommunications Specialist at a comms service provider with 5,001-10,000 employees

It is very simple to configure. When you use the cloud to configure the equipment, it has zero-touch provisioning.

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