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Which Would You Recommend To Your Boss, VeloCloud or Viptela​?

One of the most popular comparisons on IT Central Station is VeloCloud vs Viptela.

Which of these two solutions would you recommend to your boss and why?

Thanks for your help!


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Managing Partner and Solutions Architect at Verizon
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29 March 18

Verizon is partnered with a few vendors that support SD-WAN functions, some of them are classic SD-WAN overlay and others are based on Application Aware Routing edge policy. Viptela is now part of the Cisco family and these small platforms fit nicely into a SOHO type broadband deployment. There are also a few online labs (Cisco dCloud and where you can demo Viptela and the associated suite of tools.

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Executive Consultant & Architect at IBM
03 May 18

VeloCloud or Viptela, are considered to be the top two contenders in this dominant new technical WAN solution. in 2017 Cisco purchased Viptela, and VMware purchased VeloCloud. This industry is consolidating quickly. How are they different: Viptela is now Cisco SD-WAN and is a pure play SD-WAN solution, VeloCloud is now VMware NSX SD-WAN, also a pure play SD-WAN solution, and is considered by many to be the number one SD-WAN solution in the world today both in sales and in technical features.

Viptela is being integrated into Cisco solutions this year, and will be included into Cisco edge router platforms over time. Eventually Cisco Security will be added to Viptela to some point.
VeloCloud is now part of NSX and provides a very strong Cloud Gateway centric approach to SD-WAN, which is not only forward thinking but considered to be a unique advantage for VeloCloud.

Summary: SD-WAN is now shifting to be an Application to End User software defined technical race, extending software defined benefits from the application all of the way to the users machine.

VMware has a head start and technical lead, and provides a continuous solution that extends into Multiple Cloud, Data Centers and SDN based application hosting solutions.
Cisco is a step or two behind VMware, will need to extend ACI to include Multiple Cloud solutions eventually in order to compete with VMware NSX SD-WAN. This work is yet to be completed.

End to End software defined benefits is where VMware is demonstrating their advantage and lead today. Cisco is working hard to catch up to this model.

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Director (IP & International Data) at Singtel
Real User
29 March 18

Viptela as it has a more sophisticated routing engine

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Executive Consultant & Architect at IBM
29 March 18

If you are using VMware in your environment or cloud, then you want
VeloCloud without a doubt. VeloCloud is now part of VMware and will be
part of the NSX solution line of VMware.
If you are a Cisco Shop or using Cisco ACI, then Viptela is a good
solution in a Cisco-based environment. Keep in mind that these two
solutions are the market leaders for different reasons.
These are the market leaders in SD-WAN based Cloud Connectivity for
multiple reasons, VeloCloud is the best tool to connect to VMware based
Cloud solutions such as AWS and IBM Cloud.
Cisco SD-WAN ( the soon to be the new name of Viptela ), will also be a good solution for Cisco-based solutions.

You really can't go wrong with either of these two solutions in SD-WAN,
keep in mind that you need strong security to go along with these two solutions.

Secure SD-WAN is the best solution outcome.

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Senior Cloud Solutions Specialist at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
28 March 18

They are both market leaders; however, I would recommend Velocloud as it is significantly more cost-effective.

How many sites does this involve? How are they currently handling security
at all sites? Are they running voice over IP?

28 March 18

To be honest, the answer isn’t as easy as what you think! If I were asked such as question by a customer, my reply would initially be with a question? “How and why have they come to just selecting the two vendors”?

Although the fundaments of a software-defined solution are the same, you have an underlying transport and an overlay data plane. Each vendor has its own pros and cons. For example - If the customer has an existing footprint of Riverbed optimization then why not consider a Riverbed SDWAN solution, where they could potentially leverage the current hardware and benefit commercially. Alternatively, if the customer had an existing Cisco CE footprint, why would you not consider a long-term strategy investment/roadmap and wait until Cisco fully release the ISR/Vitela vEdge integrated platform etc?

It is so important when choosing an SDWAN solution vendor that you totally understand the customer's environment and their IT architectural strategy. For Example: -

* Does the customer currently have a cloud environment which will need traffic optimization etc.?
* Does the customer maintain an o365 environment and use ExpressRoute etc.?
* Does the customer require a hardware/software solution or both?

Before any solution or vendor is proposed, WhiteSpider always performs an SD-WAN readiness assessment of the customer's requirements and current infrastructure (including applications used). Only then by fully understanding this can any solutions be proposed that is tailored exactly towards the customer's requirements.

Approximately two years ago, WhiteSpider identified the technology shift towards Software-Defined X, and therefore, started to prepare for this by performing our own internal investigation. We contacted 11 different SD-WAN vendors and asked them to provide answers to our Request for Information (RFI) questionnaire. By having this, we were able to identify who we believed would work well in the space that our customers and we were heading into, for obvious reasons the vendor's roadmap was an important one. The outcome of the RFI was that Silverpeak and Viptela had the better product and vision over the others in this market and ironically 6 months later Cisco brought Viptela.

We are currently working with a global insurance company, architecting, design, planning and installing a global SD-WAN solution. The first phase in progress right now is the deployment throughout APAC, and while this is being performed, we are also deploying throughout North America. All of which is being done remotely due to our experience with the zero-touch deployment of this technology.

More than happy to have further discussions regarding this if you feel that WhiteSpider can be of assistance and potentially work together.

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