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Who are the 10 top/best SD WAN providers & vendors?

Top and Best SD WAN Providers and Vendors in 2022-2

10 of the best SD WAN providers include Cato, Aryaka, Masergy, Fortinet, Versa, Meraki, GTT, Lumen and Palo Alto. Comparing the best SD WAN providers requires comparison of cost, SLA, WAN acceleration, SASE security, network underlay, reporting, remote access, managed services and cloud integration.

Here's some of the best SD WAN providers and vendors you should consider:

  1. Cato Networks - Best for global companies requiring full SASE security capability.
  2. Aryaka - Best for global companies requiring fully managed services.
  3. Masergy - Best for global companies requiring an end to end fully managed solution.
  4. Fortinet - Best UK, US & Global SASE security requirements with SD WAN edge capability.
  5. Versa Networks - Best for both simple and complex UK, US & Global requirements, Versa SD WAN offers a low price point.
  6. Cisco Meraki - Best for UK, US & Global retail and simple branch office requirements.
  7. GTT - Best for fully managed UK & Global global requirements.
  8. Lumen - Best for large US & Global Enterprise managed SD WAN and SASE security.
  9. Palo Alto Networks - Best for companies requiring UK, US & Global FWaaS with SD WAN.
  10. Globalgig - Best for companies requiring UK, US & Global SD WAN and SASE with 4G and 5G failover.
UK & Global SD WAN Providers Comparison Matrix
SD WAN Provider or VendorKey featuresCloud Access
Cato NetworksBest for Global companies requiring SD WAN and SASE with Co-managed services.AWS, Azure, Google Cloud
Aryaka Best for Global companies requiring fully managed services.Azure, Google Cloud, Alibaba Cloud, Vodafone Fiji and Oracle Cloud
MasergyGood for Global metro based companies requiring fully managed services.Azure, SAP, IBM Cloud, AWS, Google Cloud
FortinetGood for both Global and national requirements needing strong SASE security.Azure, AWS, Google Cloud, Alibaba Cloud and Oracle Cloud
Versa NetworksGood for companies requiring both simple and complex requirements with full SASE security.Azure, Dell, AWS and Google Cloud
Cisco MerakiGood for Global and national branch office requirements with strong WiFi and CCTV.AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, Alibaba Cloud
GTTGood for Global companies requiring standard managed services across hybrid networking.AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, Oracle Cloud.
LumenGood for Global companies requiring consulting services across voice and security.Oracle Cloud, AWS, Azure, IBM Cloud, Google Cloud
Palo Alto NetworksGood option for companies requiring strong security and SD WAN from a known brand.AWS, Azure, Google Cloud

Who is the best Global SD WAN provider?

Netify nominates Cato Networks as the best Global SD WAN provider. Cato Networks offers a cloud-native SD WAN-as-a-service solution with a complete set of networking and security features delivered from the cloud. Cato operates a private backbone spanning over 65 PoPs, across all industry verticals.

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Best SD WAN Companies

(based on 2021 rating)
Cato Networks45
Aryaka42.5
Masergy4.14.2
Fortinet34
Versa Networks3.94.2
Meraki4.23.9
GTT2.82.3
Lumen3.73.8
Palo Alto Networks4.54.7
Teldat3.73.8
Barracuda Networks44
Juniper Networks3.93.5
Verizon44
Peplink43
VMware (VeloCloud)43.8
Oracle3.94
Citrix44
Globalgig4.23.8
Expereo3.83.9
Open Systems44.3

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Summary

SD WAN and SASE Cybersecurity Capabilities across 10 UK & Global Vendors

In order to create this list, we've used a subset of the 10 top/best UK, US & Global SD WAN providers & vendors from the Netify SD WAN comparison tool. You'll learn which Software-WAN solution vs. your needs offers next generation security, WAN optimization, path selection, co-managed services (MSP), support for hybrid connectivity, DIY capability, comprehensive reporting statistics, Global services and more.

Over the last five years, the SASE and WAN edge infrastructure markets have experienced dramatic growth: new players entered the market offering SD-WAN and SASE solutions from top-tier vendors, Tier 1 telecommunications providers began delivering SD-WAN services over their backbones and pioneers in the SD-WAN and SASE space expanded their product and service lines with more capabilities to attract more customers and penetrate niche verticals. Evaluating and selecting the right SD-WAN and SASE solutions could prove challenging due to the many deployment types (on-premises, virtual, cloud, hybrid), consumption models (DIY, managed, co-managed) and security capabilities plaguing the market.

This article evaluates SD-WAN and SASE capabilities across twenty vendors and managed service providers.

SD WAN Vendor

1. Cato Networks Global SD WAN Solutions

What are Cato Networks' top-rated SD WAN features?

Edge SD WAN is Cato Networks' SD WAN solution delivered over a private global backbone (or customer MPLS), connecting Cato Socket SD WAN devices on branch offices to the closest Cato PoP via a customer-chosen last mile. Cato's private global backbone is self-healing and predictable, enabling cloud, WAN and global route optimization with dynamic carrier selection. 

What are Cato Networks' top-rated SASE/SSE Cybersecurity features?

Cato SASE Cloud is Cato's implementation of SASE, available in over 70 PoPs across Cato's private global backbone. The solution features FWaaS, SWG, IPS, next-generation malware protection, CASB and ZTNA.

What is Cato Networks' market standing?

Cato Networks is based in Tel Aviv, Israel, addressing the SD WAN and SASE markets worldwide. Through its global private backbone comprising over 65 geographically dispersed PoPs, Cato Networks converges cloud-based PoPs with security capabilities and support for all types of edges. In 2022, Cato Networks received an honorable mention in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Security Service Edge (SSE).

What is Cato Networks' managed services solution?

Cato Networks offers co-managed SD-WAN solutions, including complete management of the underlay network. 

What are Cato Networks' Cloud connectivity options?

Cato Networks integrates with the major public cloud providers, such as AWS, GCP and Microsoft Azure, via site-to-cloud IPsec VPN tunnels. 

CATO Backbone

Resources and Downloadable Content

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What are the benefits of Cato SD WAN?

What are the benefits of Cato SD WAN?

Consider the items below when creating your vendor shortlist.

Pros

  • Great management interface for DIY & Co-managed services
  • Full SASE capability
  • Recognised for reducing false positives across security threats
  • Private global backbone

Cons

  • No native cloud support for Azure, AWS and Google
  • Cato does not manage underlay as standard
  • WAN optimization is limited
  • Can be viewed as expensive
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Cato Networks Strengths and Weaknesses

The scores show the approximate capability of Cato Networks to deliver across SASE security, SD WAN features, reporting and cost.

SASE Security5
SD WAN4
Reporting4
Cost2

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SD WAN Vendor

2. Aryaka Global SD WAN Solutions

What are Aryaka's top-rated SD WAN features?

Aryaka SmartConnect is an all-in-one managed SD WAN solution delivered over a private global network backbone. The solution addresses all aspects of network connectivity, from on-premises devices to first- and mid- miles, local Internet breakouts, multi-cloud connectivity and end-to-end visibility. With a global network fabric extending 6 continents, Aryaka can offer guaranteed SLAs and deterministic network performance with latency under 30 milliseconds. Furthermore, Aryaka extends the security stack to the branch office through stateful inspection firewalls built into the SmartConnect appliance. 

What are Aryaka's top-rated SASE/SSE cybersecurity features?

Prime E.Z. is Aryaka's cloud-based implementation of SASE, featuring VPNaaS, web content filtering, malware protection, SSL inspection, real-time threat intelligence and FWaaS. 

What is Aryaka's market standing?

Aryaka is a North American company with main offices in San Mateo, California, addressing the managed SD-WANaaS and SASE markets globally with over 40 Points of Presence (PoPs) distributed across 6 continents. Following the acquisition of Secucloud GmbH, Aryaka added SASE to its product line, delivering FWaaS, SWG and advanced threat protection from the cloud. In 2019, Gartner recognized Aryaka as a Visionary Player in the WAN Edge Infrastructure space, pulling the company out of the 2020 WAN Edge Infrastructure Magic Quadrant for not meeting the inclusion criteria. Nonetheless, Gartner has featured Aryaka's SD-WAN solution in its 2021 Voice of the Customer: WAN Edge Infrastructure report for receiving top marks from customers in various categories. 

What is Aryaka's managed service solution?

Aryaka offers single-vendor managed and co-managed (white glove) SD WANaaS (SD WAN-as-a-service) and SASE services with a single point of contact and 24x7 NOC services. 

What are Aryaka's Cloud connectivity options?

Aryaka's global network fabric powers its SmartConnect SD WAN service, integrating with major public cloud providers, including AWS, Microsoft Azure, GCP, Alibaba Cloud and Oracle Cloud, via direct or dedicated connections (i.e., AWS Direct Connect, Microsoft ExpressRoute, GC Dedicated Interconnect) and IPsec VPN tunnels. Additionally, Aryaka supports integration with PaaS and SaaS providers via IPsec VPN tunnels.

2 Why Aryaka - SD WAN Vendor

Resources and Downloadable Content

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What are the benefits of Aryaka SD WAN?

What are the benefits of Aryaka SD WAN?

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Pros & Cons

  • Global private backbone
  • Fully managed services
  • Supports underlay connectivity and will source ISP services
  • Good customer experience

Cons

  • SASE security via integration but this is changing with an acquisition
  • North American customers receive support from outside of their region, possibly causing delays
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Aryaka Strengths and Weaknesses

The scores show the approximate capability of Aryaka to deliver across SASE security, SD WAN features, reporting and cost.

SASE Security2.5
SD WAN4
Reporting3.9
Cost3

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Managed Service Provider

3. Masergy Global SD WAN Solutions

What are Masergy's top-rated UK SD WAN features?

Masergy delivers fully managed and co-managed SD WAN solutions from HPE Aruba (Silver Peak) and Fortinet. With its AI-based network intelligence service and AIOps, Masergy can significantly improve cloud application performance by evaluating network configurations and bandwidth usage in real-time by predicting and self-healing performance issues and outages.

What are Masergy's top-rated SASE/SSE Cybersecurity features?

Masergy's managed SASE solution offers a collection of leading security products, including NGFW and SWG from Fortinet and CASB from Forcepoint, featuring Shadow IT discovery, branch IP security, EDR, network visibility, cloud workload protection and MDR. Masergy is soon bringing ZTNA capabilities to its SASE offering, which will include SSO, authentication and authorization and granular access control policies. 

What is Masergy's market standing? 

Masergy is a North American company with main offices in Plano, Texas, addressing the managed SD WAN and SASE markets globally. In 2021, Comcast acquired Masergy, but the company continues to operate independently. In 2022, Gartner recognized Masergy as a Visionary Player in the Global Network Services space.

What is Masergy's managed services solution?

Masergy offers fully managed SD WAN services through authorized channel partners. 

What are Masergy's Cloud connectivity options? 

Masergy integrates with major public cloud providers, such as AWS, GCP and Microsoft Azure, and SaaS applications, such as Salesforce, Box and Zendesk, via direct connections.

Masergy_SD_WAN

Resources and Downloadable Content

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What are the benefits of Masergy SD WAN?

What are the benefits of Masergy SD WAN?

Consider the items below when creating your vendor shortlist.

Pros

  • Net Promoter score one of the best across providers
  • Well scaled global IP network
  • Comprehensive SLA
  • Support for SD WAN, SASE, UCAAS and MS Teams

Cons

  • Network focus on global metro areas reducing regional reach
  • Limited vendor support
  • Connectivity often viewed as expensive vs competitors
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Masergy Strengths and Weaknesses

The scores show the approximate capability of Masergy to deliver across SASE security, SD WAN features, reporting and cost.

SASE Security4.2
SD WAN4.1
Reporting3.5
Cost2.9

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SD WAN Vendor

4. Fortinet Global SD WAN Solutions

What are Fortinet's top-rated UK SD WAN features? 

Fortinet Secure SD WAN is powered by four core components: centralized management, security-driven networking, ASIC acceleration and Fortinet services. These components enable application visibility with real-time SSL inspection, proactive identification and self-correction of user experience issues, simplified operations and granular network and user analytics. Furthermore, Fortinet offers multiple SD WAN consumption and deployment models (on-premises, public cloud, private cloud), enabling growth through low TCO, increased user experience and proven built-in security.

What are Fortinet's top-rated SASE/SSE Cybersecurity features? 

FortiSASE is Fortinet's implementation of SASE, covering all edges and merging FWaaS, SWG and ZTNA into a single-vendor, cloud-delivered platform. The solution's security capabilities include IPS, DLP, malware protection, SSL inspection, web content filtering, application control, advanced threat prevention, DNS security and micro-segmentation. The solution also offers organic threat intelligence through FortiGuard Labs. 

What is Fortinet's market standing?

Fortinet is a North American company with main offices in Sunnyvale, California, addressing the SD-WAN and SASE markets worldwide. Fortinet is well-known for its network security and infrastructure products. In 2021, Gartner recognized Fortinet as a Leader in the WAN Edge Infrastructure market. However, its FortiSASE solution has not yet made it into Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Security Services Edge (SSE).

What is Fortinet's managed services solution?

Fortinet offers managed SD WAN and SASE solutions through authorized Managed Services Providers (MSPs).

What are Fortinet's Cloud connectivity options?

Fortinet integrates with major public cloud providers via virtual SD WAN appliances, site-to-site IPsec tunnels and Equinix interconnects. Fortinet's Secure SD-WAN virtual appliance is available in Azure, AWS, GCP, VMware Cloud, Oracle and Alibaba marketplaces.

Fortinet SD WAN comparison-1

Resources and Downloadable Content

Request the very latest Fortinet SD WAN & SASE data sheet PDF directly from your local account team. Please check your junk folder if not received.

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What are the benefits of Fortinet SD WAN?

What are the benefits of Fortinet SD WAN?

Consider the items below when creating your vendor shortlist.

Pros

  • Security first vendor
  • Complete support for SASE security
  • Expanding channel with reach across all verticals
  • Uses their own WAN edge hardware with fast performance

Cons

  • Not viewed as an SD WAN vendor
  • Limited experience of complex WAN architecture
  • Typically associated with branch security
  • Cloud support is growing but behind competitors
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Fortinet Strengths and Weaknesses

The scores show the approximate capability of Fortinet to deliver across SASE security, SD WAN features, reporting and cost.

SASE Security4
SD WAN3
Reporting4
Cost4

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SD WAN Vendor

5. Versa Networks Global SD WAN Solutions

What are Versa Networks' top-rated UK SD WAN features?

Versa Networks offers managed and DIY SD WAN solutions as part of its Versa SASE service delivered over public and private backbones, with flexible deployment models covering on-premises, cloud, or hybrid, support for many network topologies ranging from full to partial mesh and hub-and-spoke and multi-cloud connectivity, including IaaS, PaaS and SaaS.

What are Versa Networks' top-rated SASE/SSE Cybersecurity features?

Versa SASE is Versa Networks' implementation of SASE, merging SWG, ZTNA, CASB and FWaaS in a cloud-delivered, single-vendor platform. The solution's security capabilities cover remote browser isolation, IDS/IPS, application whitelisting, web application firewall, DNS security, network sandboxing and obfuscation, MFA and risk-based access control. 

What is Versa Networks' market standing? 

Versa Networks is a North American company headquartered in San Jose, California, addressing the SD WAN and SASE markets worldwide, extending over 90 PoP locations. In 2021, Gartner named Versa Networks a Leader in the WAN Edge Infrastructure market and recognized it as a Niche Player in the Security Services Edge (SSE) space in 2022.

What is Versa Networks' managed services solution?

Versa Networks offers managed SD WAN and SASE solutions through authorized MSPs.

What are Versa Networks' Cloud connectivity options? 

Versa Networks integrates with major public cloud providers, including GCP, Microsoft Azure, and AWS, via site-to-cloud IPsec VPN Tunnels and direct connections (AWS Transit Gateway Connect, Google Cloud Network Connectivity, Azure Virtual WAN)

Versa_Networks_SD-WAN

Resources and Downloadable Content

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What are the benefits of Versa SD WAN?

What are the benefits of Versa SD WAN?

Consider the items below when creating your vendor shortlist.

Pros

  • Cost effective compared to other vendors
  • Strong cloud integration
  • Good support for built-in SASE security
  • Good growth which recognises their strengths

Cons

  • Smaller vendor when compared with other leaders
  • Versa VOS remains complex and requires considerable expertise
  • Broad range of capabilities may weaken some areas
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Versa Strengths and Weaknesses

The scores show the approximate capability of Versa Networks to deliver across SASE security, SD WAN features, reporting and cost.

SASE Security4.2
SD WAN3.9
Reporting4
Costs2.8

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SD WAN Vendor

6. Cisco Meraki Global SD WAN Solutions

What are Cisco Meraki's top-rated UK SD WAN features?

Cisco offers two SD WAN solutions, Cisco Viptela and Cisco Meraki, with flexible deployment models extending on-premises, cloud and multi-tenant solutions, delivered over any network transport, such as satellite, MPLS, Internet, or 5G/LTE. Cloud OnRamp, Cloud Hub and Cloud Interconnect make up the core elements of Cisco's SD WAN solution, enabling site-to-site, site-to-cloud, cloud-to-cloud connectivity.  

What are Cisco Meraki's top-rated SASE/SSE Cybersecurity features? 

Umbrella is Cisco's single-vendor, cloud-delivered implementation of SASE, featuring DNS security, SWG, FWaaS, CASB, ZTNA, interactive threat intelligence through Cisco Talos Intelligence Group, XDR through Cisco SecureX, remote browser isolation and malware protection. Cisco is currently developing DLP and IPS capabilities to add to its SASE platform. 

What is Cisco Meraki's market standing? 

Cisco is a North American company with main offices in San Jose, California, addressing the network services, WAN edge infrastructure and security service edge markets worldwide. Cisco is well-known for its networking, infrastructure and security products and has received several mentions and recognitions from Gartner over the years. In 2021, Gartner named Cisco one of the Leaders in the WAN Edge Infrastructure space and a Challenger in the Security Services Edge (SSE) market in 2022. 

What is Cisco Meraki's managed services solution?

Cisco offers managed, white-label single-vendor SD-WAN and SASE solutions through authorized service providers.

What are Cisco Meraki's Cloud connectivity options? 

Cisco integrates with major public cloud providers, including Alibaba Cloud, AWS, GCP and Microsoft Azure, via direct peering through colocation facilities and Cloud OnRamp via site-to-cloud IPsec tunnels. Additionally, Cisco extends Cloud OnRamp to select SaaS providers for direct connection to SaaS applications.

Meraki SD WAN Solution

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What are the benefits of Meraki SD WAN?

What are the benefits of Meraki SD WAN?

Consider the items below when creating your vendor shortlist.

Pros

  • Good for retailers or businesses with numerous branch office locations
  • Strong WiFi reporting with simple configuration
  • The Cisco partner channel is one of the biggest and well serviced across almost all vendors
  • Generally perceived as cost effective

Cons

  • Adding features requires buying the correct licence which often increases cost over contract term as your needs change
  • Not the best for customers with hybrid networking requirements which include technologies such as MPLS
  • Lacks some features which support large scale global complex Enterprise networks
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Meraki strengths and weaknesses

The scores show the approximate capability of Cisco Meraki to deliver across SASE security, SD WAN features, reporting and cost.

SASE Security3.9
SD WAN4.2
Reporting4.1
Costs4.5

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Managed Service Provider

7. GTT Global SD WAN Solutions

What are GTT's top-rated UK SD WAN features?

GTT offers managed SD WAN solutions from leading vendors, including HPE Aruba, VMWare, and Fortinet, delivered over a Tier 1 global Internet backbone with integrated, secure SD WAN network gateways. 

What are GTT's top-rated SASE/SSE Cybersecurity features?

As of November 2021, GTT offers Secure Connect, a managed SASE solution in partnership with Palo Alto Networks. Powered by Palo Alto's Prisma Access platform, Secure Connect is a cloud-delivered SASE platform transported via GTT's Tier-1 Global Backbone. Secure Connect offers CASB, SWG, ZTNA, FWaaS from Palo Alto and SD WAN from GTT. The solution is supported by GTT's Professional Services division, for solution design, deployment and ongoing policy management. 

What is GTT's market standing?

GTT is a North American company headquartered in McLean, Virginia, addressing the managed SD WAN and global network services markets worldwide, with over 600 PoPs across 6 continents. While Gartner has not yet recognized GTT as a player in the SD WAN space, the company was named a Niche Player in the 2022 Network Services Global Magic Quadrant, acclaiming its extensive worldwide Internet backbone. The future, however, could stand uncertain for GTT and its customers following the company's filing for bankruptcy protection under U.S. Chapter 11 in Q3 2021. 

What is GTT's managed services solution? 

GTT offers managed SD WAN solutions from leading SD WAN vendors and DIY SD WAN with GTT-managed circuits.

What are GTT's Cloud connectivity options? 

GTT integrates with AWS, Microsoft Azure, and GCP via interconnects ranging from 100 Mbps to 2 Gbps. Additionally, GTT can provide the last mile dedicated connections into AWS, Microsoft Azure, GCP, IBM Cloud and Oracle Cloud.

GTT-SD-WAN

Resources and Downloadable Content

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What are the benefits of GTT SD WAN?

What are the benefits of GTT SD WAN?

Consider the items below when creating your vendor shortlist.

Pros

  • Global network service provider
  • Good support for high bandwidth 10Gbps+ circuits
  • Tier 1 ISP backbone, 40+ NOCs
  • Managed SD WAN and Managed SASE Security

Cons

  • Large service providers often result in slow responses
  • Not particularly well suited to the SME market
  • Account managers often lack experience and knowledge
  • Customer satisfaction is varied 
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GTT strengths and weaknesses

The scores show the approximate capability of GTT to deliver across SASE security, SD WAN features, reporting and cost.

SASE Security2.3
SD WAN2.8
Reporting3.1
Costs4

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8. Lumen Global SD WAN Solutions

What are Lumen's top-rated UK SD WAN features?

Lumen offers managed SD WAN services from top-tier providers, including VMware, Versa Networks, Cisco Meraki and Cisco Viptela, delivered over private and public backbones per customer's connectivity requirements.

What are Lumen's top-rated SASE/SSE Cybersecurity features?

Lumen offers managed SASE via partnerships with Versa Networks, VMware, Cisco Meraki, Cisco Viptela, Palo Alto Networks and Fortinet. Their flexible service offerings include managed, co-managed and DIY options, with features including: SWG, ZTNA, URL Filtering, CASB, Remote Browser Isolation (RBI), NGFW, FWaaS, managed firewalls, Data Loss Prevention (DLP) and DDoS Mitigation.  

What is Lumen's market standing?

Lumen is a North American company headquartered in Monroe, Louisiana, addressing the network services market, including managed SD WAN, with a global reach extending to 41 countries. While Gartner has not yet recognized Lumen as a player in the SD WAN space, they were named a Leader in the 2022 Magic Quadrant for Network Services, acclaiming its NOD capabilities and integrated SD WAN SLA, among other things.

What is Lumen's managed services solution?

Lumen offers a fully managed SD WAN solution through authorized channel partners and system integrators. 

What are Lumen's Cloud connectivity options? 

Lumen integrates with 6 major cloud providers in 33 cities via Cloud Connect, including:

  • AWS via Direct Connect
  • Microsoft Azure via ExpressRoute
  • GCP via Partner Interconnect and Carrier Peering
  • IBM Cloud via Resiliency Services, Managed Services and Direct Link
  • Oracle Cloud via Infrastructure FastConnect

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What are the benefits of Lumen SD WAN?

What are the benefits of Lumen SD WAN?

Consider the items below when creating your vendor shortlist.

Pros

  • Seriously experienced global telco
  • Strong security portfolio 
  • Recognised for their CDN (Content Delivery Network)
  • Managed services encompasses consolidation of products

Cons

  • Not ideally suited to the mid-market sector
  • Customers report slow change requests due to process
  • Products are not as strong outside of North America
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Lumen strengths and weaknesses

The scores show the approximate capability of Lumen to deliver across SASE security, SD WAN features, reporting and cost.

SASE Security3.8
SD WAN3.7
Reporting3.2
Costs2.5

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9. Palo Alto Networks Global SD WAN Solutions

What are Palo Alto's top-rated UK SD WAN features?

Prisma SD-WAN is Palo Alto Networks' SD-WAN product, offered in managed and DIY consumption models. Prisma SD-WAN provides Layer Seven application visibility through a single cloud-delivered Instant On-Network (ION) branch office appliance, employing AIOps and machine learning to identify and auto-correct user performance issues proactively. 

What are Palo Alto's top-rated SASE/SSE Cybersecurity features?

Prisma SASE is Palo Alto Networks' implementation of SASE, converging ZTNA, SWG, next-generation CASB and FWaaS into a single, cloud-delivered platform. Among the security capabilities offered by Prisma SASE are encrypted application access, authentication, bi-directional SSL inspection, policy management, VPN, threat detection, DLP, Shadow IT visibility, sandbox, IoT security, DNS security and web content filtering.

What is Palo Alto's market standing?

Palo Alto Networks is a North American company with main offices in Santa Clara, California, addressing the SD-WAN and SASE markets worldwide, with over 100 PoPs geographically deployed in AWS and GCP to service customers of all sizes and across all verticals. Palo Alto Networks is well-known for its network security and infrastructure products. In 2021, Gartner recognized Palo Alto Networks as a Leader in the WAN Edge Infrastructure space and a Challenger in the Security Service Edge market in 2022. 

What is Palo Alto's managed services solution? 

Palo Alto Networks offers managed SD-WAN and SASE services through partnerships with authorized MSPs.

What are Palo Alto's Cloud connectivity options?

Palo Alto Networks integrates with major public cloud providers, including Microsoft Azure, AWS, and GCP, through SD WAN ION software-based devices and site-to-cloud IPsec tunnels. Furthermore, Palo Alto Networks integrates with Microsoft 365 through a fiber-connected backbone and Tier 1 peering.

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What are the benefits of Palo Alto SD WAN?

What are the benefits of Palo Alto SD WAN?

Consider the items below when creating your vendor shortlist.

Pros

  • One of the most complete SASE security solutions
  • Good customer experience ratings
  • Expertise in the security sector due to history
  • Management portal and statistics are rated highly

Cons

  • SD WAN features are not viewed as comprehensive
  • No real WAN optimization capability
  • Limited form factors meaning certain verticals will not be a good fit
  • Still some integration between Cloud Genix and Palo Alto
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Palo Alto strengths and weaknesses

The scores show the approximate capability of Palo Alto to deliver across SASE security, SD WAN features, reporting and cost.

SASE Security4.7
SD WAN4.5
Reporting4.4
Costs3.5

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10. Globalgig Global SD WAN Solutions

What are Globalgig's top-rated UK SD WAN features?

Globalgig offers vendor-agnostic and carrier-independent SD WAN solutions, covering client requirements, gathering, SD WAN design, vendor and carrier selection and implementation. Globalgig tailors SD WAN solutions to each customer's unique needs through discovery, design and alignment workshops. 

What are Globalgig's top-rated SASE/SSE Cybersecurity features?

Globalgig offer managed SASE services from Palo Alto Networks, Cisco Viptela Cisco Meraki, Cradlepoint, Fortinet and Peplink. The solution offers technology-agnostic SASE managed services, as their team will analyze a client's IT environment, including all applications and networks to build a bespoke SASE solution to fit customer needs. 

What is Globalgig's market standing?

Globalgig is a North American company headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, addressing the managed SD WAN market globally through partnerships with leading SD WAN vendors, including Palo Alto, Cradlepoint, Fortinet, Peplink, Cisco Viptela and Cisco Meraki. As of March 2022, Globalgig's managed SD WAN solutions do not appear on any Gartner research. 

What is Globalgig's managed services solution? 

Globalgig offers managed SD WAN solutions with 3 flexible service tiers, all with a single point of contact. 

What are Globalgig's Cloud connectivity options? 

Globalgig does not offer a native SD WAN solution. Instead, it provides solutions from leading SD WAN vendors, offering different cloud connectivity options depending on the chosen vendor.

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What are the benefits of Globalgig SD WAN?

What are the benefits of Globalgig SD WAN?

Consider the items below when creating your vendor shortlist.

Pros

  • Capable of creating SD WAN architectures based on a client's use cases. 
  • Creates strong solutions for remote users, with 4G for hard to reach and temporary locations and wireless WAN for general remote connectivity. 

Cons

  • Does not offer DIY or co-managed SD WAN solutions. 
  • No offering for cloud connectivity, however this can be sourced from a third party. 
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Globalgig Strengths and Weaknesses

The scores show the approximate capability of Globalgig to deliver across SASE security, SD WAN features, reporting and cost.

SASE Security3.8
SD WAN4.2
Reporting4
Costs4

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11. VMware (VeloCloud) Global SD WAN Solutions

What are VeloCloud's top-rated UK SD WAN features? 

VMware offers managed and DIY cloud-delivered SD WAN as part of its SASE service, delivered through any transport over public and private backbones. Among the top-rated features offered by VMware are optimized dynamic path selection to boost user experience for SaaS applications, centralized management and zero-touch deployment, for rapid and simplified deployments.

What are VeloCloud's top-rated SASE/SSE Cybersecurity features? 

VMware SASE is cloud-delivered, merging their leading solutions, including:

  • VMware Secure Access, providing ZTNA to cloud applications
  • VMware Cloud Web Security, providing CASB capabilities
  • VMware Edge Network Intelligence, offering a vendor-agnostic AIOps solution

Together, these solutions provide NGFW, DLP, Remote Browser Isolation (RBI), malware protection, sandboxing, web content filtering and SSL inspection. Additionally, customers can implement Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) through VMware Workspace ONE and Carbon Black solutions.

What is VeloCloud's market standing?

VMware is a North American company headquartered in Palo Alto, California, addressing the SD WAN and SASE markets worldwide with over 150 SASE PoPs. While Gartner has not yet recognized VMware as a player in the SASE market, they are a Leader in the WAN Edge Infrastructure space in 2021, acclaiming the company's alignment with cloud-first and cloud-only customers. 

What is VeloCloud's managed services solution?

VMware offers managed SD WAN and SASE services via a single point of contact. 

What are VeloCloud's Cloud connectivity options?

VMware integrates with the major public cloud providers via globally distributed cloud gateways.

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What are the benefits of VMware SD WAN?

What are the benefits of VMware SD WAN?

Consider the items below when creating your vendor shortlist.

Pros

  • Offers solutions for SME's as well as large multinational corporations. 
  • Good choice for global companies as VMware offers a network of public gateways with connections to multiple Tier-1 ISPs. 
  • 5G priority is available for applications. 

Cons

  • Not a single, inclusive solution -  in order to create an end-to-end solution, clients must use multiple VMware products. 
  • VMware SASE is offered via an OEM agreement, increasing complexity and costs. 
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VMware Strengths and Weaknesses

The scores show the approximate capability of VMware to deliver across SASE security, SD WAN features, reporting and cost.

SASE Security3.8
SD WAN4
Reporting4
Costs3.3

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Summary

DIY, Co-Managed, or Managed Global SD WAN/SASE?

SD WAN and SASE customers can choose from three consumption models, each with unique benefits and drawbacks:

  • Do-It-Yourself (DIY), where customers design, implement and manage all aspects of the solution, including edge devices, the underlay, multi-cloud connections and carriers
  • Managed, where customers outsource the design, implementation and ongoing management of the solution to a Managed Services Provider (MSP)
  • Co-managed, where customers and MSPs share management responsibilities

DIY SD WAN and SASE require sizeable upfront investments in hardware and significant internal IT resources with deep knowledge of networking and security, often leading to increased time-to-value due to the time needed to evaluate, select, design and implement the solutions. Additionally, DIY customers may experience higher turnaround times for network changes, new locations, or performance issue resolution without guaranteed SLAs. In contrast, the DIY model provides greater control over the network design and operation, enabling customizations based on the customers' unique needs and minimizing potential regulatory issues resulting from data residency or localization requirements. 

Managed SD WAN and SASE address some of the drawbacks of DIY by offering guaranteed SLAs, 24x7 NOC services and predictable costs with a minimal upfront investment and quicker time-to-value, eliminating the steep learning curve. However, the managed consumption model could result in higher mean-time-to-resolve due to MSPs' internal, often inefficient, processes and multi-tier support. Furthermore, some MSPs may be unwilling to add service customizations to meet customers' specific requirements, driving customers to use point solutions in addition to the managed service to address edge use cases. Lastly, the managed model could increase security risk by granting the provider access to the network. 

For some customers, the co-managed consumption model may be the best of both worlds, with customers controlling some aspects of routing and security policy configuration and MSPs handling equipment installation, circuit provisioning, troubleshooting and monitoring. Very often, customers and MSPs share design and incident management responsibilities. 

Summary

Which vendors and providers are best for Global SD WAN and SASE? 

Multinational companies with global connectivity and access requirements seeking to implement managed or DIY SD WAN and SASE solutions should consider vendors and providers with global operations, 24x7 "follow-the-sun" support and multiple, geographically distributed points of presence. 

Based on these factors, the following SD WAN and SASE vendors and providers may best suit global customers:

  • GTT: over 600 PoPs across 6 continents
  • Oracle: multiple OCI regions across North America, EMEA and APAC
  • Aryaka: 35 service PoPs in 6 continents, 15 of which have direct peering to major public cloud providers
  • Cato: 45 PoPs across 6 continents
  • Cisco: 37 global data centers across 6 continents
  • Palo Alto: 102 Prisma Access locations across 6 continents
  • VMware: over 100 PoPs extending 6 continents
  • Barracuda: available in Azure, GCP, AWS across European regions
  • Expereo: offering Internet, equipment, iVPN and professional services in over 200 countries
  • Citrix: 19 PoPs across 6 continents
  • Verizon: covering 130 countries, with public and private backbones reaching 61 and 35 countries, respectively.
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Who are the top-rated Global SD WAN providers and vendors?

Masergy, Lumen and Verizon rank among the top-rated network services providers offering managed SD WAN solutions from leading SD WAN vendors on a global scale. Masergy's MPLS and Internet backbone extends to 18 countries, enabling customers to implement SD WAN solutions from HPE Aruba and Fortinet via Masergy-provisioned circuits or a BYONetwork model. Masergy integrates with major cloud services providers in 45 cities.

Lumen and Verizon are Tier 1 network services providers with worldwide coverage, offering managed SD WAN solutions from Versa Networks, Cisco Meraki and Cisco Viptela, with additional support for Fortinet and HPE Aruba from Verizon and VMware from Lumen. Both providers also offer connectivity to major cloud services providers in multiple cities, enabling customers' cloud journeys.

Among the top-rated SD WAN vendors are Fortinet, Palo Alto Networks and Versa Networks, serving customers worldwide. Fortinet's FortiGate Secure SD WAN gateways come in physical, virtual and cloud form factors, extending customers' networks to the cloud through IPsec tunnels and direct connections via Equinix co-location facilities. The cloud offering is available in Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Alibaba Cloud, VMware Cloud and Oracle Cloud.

Palo Alto Networks' Prisma SD WAN Instant-On Network (ION) gateways come in physical and virtual form factors, enabling secure customer connectivity to the cloud through IPSec tunnels and software-based ION gateways deployed in AWS, GCP and Microsoft Azure. As a Microsoft 365 Networking Partner, Palo Alto Networks' SD WAN solution can help customers optimize access to Microsoft 365 applications.

Versa Networks offers its Secure SD WAN solution mainly through managed service providers. The product is available as an on-premises branch solution, connecting customers' branch networks to the cloud via IPsec tunnels and direct connections over LTE, MPLS, or Internet transports. The product is also available as managed service hosted in AWS, Versa PoPs, or Equinix co-location facilities, with express connections and network on-ramp access to multiple cloud environments.

Who are the top-rated Global SD WAN-as-a-service providers?

According to Netify and Gartner Peer Insights, the top-rated SD WAN-as-a-service providers include Cato Networks, Aryaka, VMware and Versa Networks.

Aryaka is highly rated in product capabilities, sales experience and is supported by North American, EMEA and APAC customers, highlighting easy and quick site deployment and scalability. Similar to Aryaka, VMware also received top marks in product capabilities, with customers highlighting deployment flexibility and low administrative overhead as positives.

Versa Networks receives positive reviews in product capabilities and sales experience categories. Versa customers emphazise cost-effectiveness, flexibility, ease of deployment, suitability for small, mid-sized and large enterprises and a complete security stack as top-rated features.

Cato Networks is also highly rated by customers, with cost-effectiveness, ease of use, excellent support and solid security features at the top of the customers' list.

Who is the best Global SD WAN provider?

Cato operates globally with a private backbone spanning over 65 PoPs, addressing customers' needs across all industry verticals and over 1000 enterprise customers. Cato's architecture consists of edge devices connecting to cloud PoPs via encrypted tunnels, enabling customers to augment and ultimately replace MPLS networks.

Cato cloud PoPs consist of cloud-native software running on commodity hardware where all networking and security functions are performed, enabling the rapid commissioning of new PoPs to cover more locations and serve more customers. Cato PoPs guarantee 99.999% uptime SLA, with 24x7x365 global NOC and SOC services.

Cato Networks' SD WAN offers a complete single-vendor cloud-delivered feature set, including cloud, WAN and global route optimization, self-healing, NGFW, SWG, advanced threat prevention and cloud and mobile security.

What are SD WAN services?

An SD WAN managed service is outsourcing deployment, operation, management and support of SD WAN networks to Network Services Providers (NSPs), such as Verizon, Lumen, or GTT. In a managed SD WAN model, the service provider is responsible for providing network transport services and connecting customers' enterprise networks to the provider's network and cloud environments, guaranteeing specific network service and performance levels. On the contrary, an SD WAN Do-It-Yourself (DIY) model requires customers to purchase SD WAN products directly from a vendor or reseller. In this model, the customer is responsible for all aspects of the solution, from deployment to maintenance, troubleshooting, monitoring and support.

Regardless of the management model, SD WAN products generally deliver the following capabilities:

  • Application recognition with policy configuration, enabling optimal path selection based on application performance and latency requirements
  • Support for multiple carrier transports (i.e., MPLS, Internet, 4G/LTE) with dynamic path selection to increase application performance
  • Branch office gateway zero-touch deployment, allowing customers to commission new sites with minimal effort
  • Centralized management and orchestration
  • Application performance visibility and reporting
  • Basic security capabilities embedded in branch office gateways or delivered as a cloud service
  • VPN
  • WAN and SaaS application optimization
  • Cloud onramp for simplified cloud access, generally through cloud gateways available in the major cloud providers
What do SD WAN providers look for?

SD WAN providers generally look to incorporate core SD WAN capabilities with optional features to stand out from the competition. Core SD WAN capabilities cover typically:

  • Orchestration: orchestration is often available as an on-premises appliance (virtual or physical) or delivered as-a-service from the cloud, enabling customers to manage multiple sites and devices from a unified platform. Other critical capabilities of an orchestration layer include reporting, visibility and zero-touch deployment of edge devices.
  • Application performance: guaranteeing a certain level of performance is an essential element of a reliable SD WAN solution. Vendors use a combination of technologies to increase application performance over low-cost, residential-grade circuits, including dynamic application-aware path selection and channel bonding across multiple transport circuits for increased bandwidth, quality of service and quality of experience and optimized connectivity to major cloud and SaaS providers.
  • Security: aggregating security capabilities into a single-vendor, unified platform is compelling. With more companies looking to adopt SASE architectures, vendors are starting to offer a complete security feature set, either natively or through integration with technology partners, including SWG, NGFW, ZTNA and CASB.
Who is the Global market leader in SD WAN?

According to Gartner, the following vendors are market leaders in SD WAN:

  • Fortinet, offering FortiGate Secure SD WAN product
  • VMware, with VMware SD WAN
  • Versa Networks, offering Versa Operating System (VOS) delivered as a service or embedded in third-party hardware
  • Palo Alto Networks, offering Prisma SD WAN with Instant-On Network (ION) gateways
  • Cisco, including Cisco SD WAN Viptela and Cisco SD WAN Meraki
  • HPE Aruba, offering Aruba EdgeConnect SD WAN Edge Platform (Silver Peak) and Aruba SD-Branch
How to migrate from MPLS to SD WAN?

Companies should consider several factors before migrating from MPLS to SD WAN, including:

  • Transport network selection and procurement: companies should select the most appropriate last mile and middle mile transport networks based on latency, service availability, cost and application performance requirements for each site category, procuring the services directly from carriers and IPS or through a service provider.
  • SD-Branch office security model: SD WAN eliminates Internet and cloud application traffic backhaul, allowing direct access to the Internet and cloud from branch offices. Therefore, companies should decide whether to deploy a complete security stack at each branch office or centralize security services through a cloud-delivered platform.
  • Cloud access requirements: Companies should evaluate vendor support across multiple clouds, either through cloud-based SD WAN gateways, cloud PoPs, encrypted tunnels, direct peering connections via co-location facilities, or similar connectivity methods.
  • Management model: companies will need to choose the most suitable SD WAN management model, including DIY, fully managed, or co-managed (or hybrid)
  • Pilot phase: by conducting a pilot with a few locations, companies can validate the solution's capabilities and vendor's claims

Upon selecting an SD WAN vendor or service provider, companies should develop a cut-over plan that includes:

  • Equipment staging and configuration
  • Partial rollout and turn-up of a few non-critical locations to minimize unexpected issues
  • End-to-end testing, including performance, availability and security
  • Full rollout and turn-up of remaining sites
  • MPLS turn-down after running both solutions in parallel for some time to ensure no incompatibilities exist
What is the difference between SD WAN vendors and Managed SD WAN providers?

The main difference between SD WAN vendors and managed SD WAN providers is the degree of direct interaction with the customer. SD WAN vendors generally develop SD WAN technologies that they sell through authorized channel partners, Managed Service Providers (MSPs), resellers, integrators, or direct to consumers. Conversely, managed SD WAN providers offer end-to-end, hands-free management of SD WAN vendor technologies, including networking and security policies, the underlay, overlay and edge devices, allowing customers to outsource all aspects of network operations and services to a third party. However, a third category of providers offers a fully managed native SD WAN solution. Vendors in this category include Aryaka, Open Systems, VMware and Cato Networks.

Who are the top-rated UK SD WAN providers and vendors?

Among the top-rated UK SD WAN providers are:

  • BT Business
  • Colt
  • Fortinet
  • Virgin Media
  • Expereo
Top/Best UK SD WAN Providers and Vendors
Best UK SD WAN Vendor or ProviderSD WAN capabilitySD WAN Pros and Cons
BT BusinessBT's network extends to 198 countries, with an Internet backbone and cloud connectivity to 8 major cloud providers. BT offers fully-managed SD WAN solutions from top-tier vendors, including Palo Alto, Versa, Nuage Networks, Cisco Viptela, Cisco Meraki and VMware.BT is one of the best known UK brands with one of highest performing IP networks available globally and within the UK. Managed services are offered with tiered flexible  service levels.
ColtColt's Internet networks for SD WAN serve 32 and 28 countries, respectively. Like BT, Colt's SD WAN services are fully-managed, offering solutions from Versa.Colt offer extensive network options for their on-net customers but also for any customer within reach of their network. Pricing is good with a focus on Versa Networks as their predominant UK SD WAN solution offering.
FortinetStrong, high performing SASE security solution with good UK SD WAN capability. Fortinet is served by a strong UK partner and integrator network.Fortinet offer good all round capability across all sectors from retail to finance. There is a need to carefully evaluate how to interact with Fortinet as their partner capability is varied.
Virgin MediaVirgin are a UK provider of low cost UK connectivity underlay with managed services from Versa Networks. Virgin is generally a good option for UK businesses but their customer service experience can be varied.
ExpereoEuropean service provider capable of offering aggregated SD WAN Internet underlay on a global basis with support for managed Meraki and Viptela.The Expereo brand is not as well known when compared to other SD WAN providers. Managed services are flexible and underlay is generally a low cost.
Who are the top-rated US SD WAN providers and vendors?

Among the top-rated US SD WAN providers and vendors are:

  • Aryaka
  • Fortinet
  • Palo Alto Networks

Aryaka is a US-based company headquartered in San Mateo, California, serving customers across many industry verticals, including manufacturing, technology, retail, e-commerce, finance, healthcare and professional services. The company has 9 points of presence in the US, all with direct peering to popular SaaS providers, such as Salesforce, Google G-suite and RingCentral and 6 with direct connections to major cloud providers.

Fortinet and Palo Alto are headquartered in California and serve customers across all industry verticals. Both vendors were recognized in the Gartner Peer Insights "Voice of the Customer" report published in 2022. Fortinet sells its SD WAN solution exclusively through channel partners, with a partner network of 44 US-based resellers and MSPs. Palo Alto Networks offers its SD WAN solution as a managed service through other US-based service providers, including AT&T and Globalgig.

Who are the top-rated SD WAN providers and vendors in Canada?

Among the top-rated SD WAN providers and vendors in Canada are:

  • Aryaka
  • Fortinet
  • Cisco

Aryaka has a single point of presence in Toronto, Canada, with 9 neighboring points of presence in the US, all with direct peering to popular SaaS providers, such as Salesforce, Google G-suite and RingCentral and 6 with direct connections to major cloud providers.

Fortinet and Palo Alto were recognized in the Gartner Peer Insights "Voice of the Customer" report published in 2022 for the North American region. Fortinet partners with 6 resellers, integrators and managed services providers in Canada to deliver managed SD WAN solutions. Palo Alto Networks offers its SD WAN solution as a managed service through US-based service providers, including AT&T and Globalgig.

Who are the top-rated SD WAN providers and vendors in Europe?

Among the top-rated UK SD WAN vendors and providers are:

  • Aryaka
  • BT
  • Colt
  • Vodafone
  • Deutsche Telekom

Aryaka has 5 points of presence in Europe, including London, Amsterdam, Dublin, Paris and Frankfurt, 3 with peer links to AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google, Oracle Cloud, Microsoft 365 and Google G-suite. The company offers connectivity across and into the European Union to comply with and stay ahead of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Deutsche Telekom is a Tier 1 telecommunications provider based in Germany, with extensive coverage in Europe. The company offers managed SD-WAN solutions from Cisco Viptela, Juniper Networks, Cisco Meraki, HPE Aruba, Fortinet, VMware, Aryaka and Versa Networks over its MPLS and Internet backbones that reach 54 and 30 countries, respectively.

Colt has over 500 data centers across 48 European cities, making it an excellent candidate for companies with heavy connectivity requirements within Europe seeking managed SD WAN services.

Who are the top-rated managed SD WAN providers?

Among the top-rated managed SD WAN providers are:

  • Aryaka: offers fully managed SD WAN services, including the underlay, with a single point of contact
  • BT Business: offers fully managed SD WAN from Meraki and Cisco, including project management, operations and monitoring
  • Cato Networks: offers SD WAN-as-a-service with hands-free management, including making changes to network and security policies
  • Colt: offers managed SD WAN through authorized partners
  • GTT: offers fully-managed SD WAN and DIY SD WAN with GTT-managed circuits
  • Lumen: offers a fully managed SD WAN solution through authorized channel partners and system integrators
  • Masergy: offers fully managed SD WAN with NOC and SOC services in three continents
  • Open Systems: offers fully managed SD WAN with three service tiers, including Business, Enterprise and Enterprise+
  • Versa: offers managed SD WAN through Managed Services Providers (MSPs)
  • VMware (VeloCloud): offers fully managed SD WAN through authorized Managed Services Providers (MSPs)
Which providers and vendors offer low-cost SD WAN solutions?

Among the SD WAN vendors offering low-cost solutions are:

  • Cisco Meraki
  • Versa Networks
  • Peplink

Cisco Meraki is an ideal solution for small to midsized WANs connecting a relatively large number of small branch offices, for example, restaurants, service stations, stores and offices. Customers highly rated the solution across customer experience and product capabilities categories. While the solution may be cost-effective for relatively simple WAN deployments, it may not be suited for complex needs requiring more flexibility and advanced capabilities. Additionally, the product ships with some features disabled by default, requiring customers to submit support tickets to enable the desired capabilities.

Versa Networks offers two SD WAN solutions: VOS and Titan. Versa VOS is available for commodity hardware and the Versa Branch Cloud Service Gateways and it's best suited for large global WANs with cloud connectivity and heavy security requirements. While Versa's customers highly rate Versa VOS, some highlight issues related to scalability, bugs and complex upgrades.

Peplink focuses on the mobility market in niche areas such as maritime, transportation and robotics. The company's products have received top reviews from customers across customer experience and product capabilities categories.

Which providers and vendors offer global SD WAN?

SD WAN vendors operating globally with 24x7x365 "follow-the-sun" support include:

  • Cisco
  • Fortinet
  • Palo Alto
  • Citrix
  • Versa
  • Peplink
  • HPE Aruba
  • VMWare

SD WAN service providers, including providers of SD WAN technology from top-tier vendors and companies offering SD WAN-as-a-service, include:

  • Aryaka
  • Cato Networks
  • GTT
  • Verizon

Aryaka's backbone extends globally, with approximately 40 points of presence distributed across 6 continents and 24x7x365 support with support centers and offices in 5 countries. Cato Networks also has a global reach, offering 65+ cloud PoPs within its private backbone. The company provides international 24x7x365 support, with service centers in USA, UK, Israel and Singapore. Similarly, VMware's backbone comprises over 100+ PoPs distributed globally, with global 24x7x365 technical support for Severity 1 issues.

GTT's Tier 1 network backbone covers 6 continents, with a higher concentration of PoPs in Europe and North America and support offices in the US and Brazil.

Verizon's MPLS and Internet backbones expand 61 and 35 countries, respectively. The company manages SD WAN networks in 150 countries, with global 24x7x365 support.

Who are the 10 top-rated SD WAN companies?

According to Gartner Peer Insights "Voice of the Customer": WAN Edge Infrastructure 2022 report, the following vendors received the highest ratings from customers, particularly in the product capabilities category:

  • Aryaka
  • Cisco
  • Fortinet
  • Huawei
  • Palo Alto Networks

On the service provider side, the following names received the highest ratings by customers:

  • Masergy
  • Lumen
  • AT&T
  • Tata Communications
  • Verizon

Masergy, Lumen, AT&T, Tata and Verizon received top ratings for managed SD-WAN in North America, APAC and EMEA, with Tata Communications leading the race in overall services capabilities.

How to compare SD WAN devices from multiple vendors?

When evaluating and comparing SD WAN vendors and providers, some of the key aspects to consider are:

  • Support for application-aware, packet or session-based, path selection, channel bonding across multiple transport types and VPNs, quality of service, quality of experience and WAN optimization
  • SD WAN architecture, including device form factors, Internet and cloud access breakouts at the branch office, hosted PoPs, cloud-based SD WAN gateways
  • Management, orchestration and analytics
  • Any networking and security capabilities that may not be included in core packages, requiring purchasing and add-ons
  • Transport agnostic or support for multiple transport types
  • Service chaining or integration with third-party technology providers
  • SaaS traffic acceleration via direct peering with major cloud and SaaS providers
  • For SD WAN-as-a-service, geographical coverage with the option to choose the storage location
  • Roadmap to SASE
  • Degree of integration with existing infrastructure
  • Pricing and support model

In place of selecting a single, "all-in-one" SD WAN vendor or provider, customers may choose to create a custom-built SD WAN architecture overlaying a virtual WAN on top of existing network infrastructure from multiple vendors. With this approach, customers are responsible for managing all aspects of the solution, including ongoing monitoring of the SD WAN and the underlying network. While this approach gives customers increased control over their network, it requires significant internal IT resources with deep networking and security knowledge to design, deploy and manage the solution, with increased turnaround times to deploy new and change existing sites. Additionally, customers may create unforeseen compatibility issues by using multiple vendor devices, potentially resulting in suboptimal results or un-flexible deployments.

How many SD WAN vendors are there?

At the time of this writing, there are approximately 50 vendors providing viable solutions in the SD WAN market:

  • Adaptiv Networks
  • Appex Networks
  • Aryaka
  • Barracuda
  • Big NEtworks
  • Bigleaf Networks
  • Cato Networks
  • Checkpoint
  • Cisco Meraki
  • Cisco Viptela
  • Citrix
  • COS Grid
  • Cradlepoint
  • Cybera
  • Dispersive
  • Ecessa
  • FatPipe
  • flexiWAN (opensource)
  • Forcepoint
  • Fortinet
  • GFI Software
  • HPE
  • Huawei
  • iboss
  • Infiot
  • InfoQuick
  • Infovista
  • InterCloud
  • Juniper
  • LANCOM
  • Lavelle Networks
  • Mashroom Networks
  • Nexapp
  • Nokia
  • NTT Global Networks
  • Nuage Networks
  • Open Systems
  • Oracle
  • Palo Alto Networks
  • Peplink
  • Riverbed
  • Teldat
  • Telia
  • Transaction Network Services (TNS)
  • TrustGrid
  • Turnium
  • Versa
  • Vmware
  • Zayo SD-WAN
  • Zenlayer
Why use SD WAN?

SD WAN enables businesses to connect users to on-premises and cloud-based applications through flexible virtual WANs that overlay any private or public backbones, such as MPLS, Internet, 4G LTE/5G, or broadband. With SD WAN, businesses can commission branch offices much more quickly than traditional networks by eliminating the long lead times required to deliver carrier circuits and enabling central management, orchestration and zero-touch deployment of gateways. Furthermore, SD WAN allows businesses to realize better application performance, predictability and network availability through application-aware routing policies, traffic prioritization and dynamic path selection.

In general, businesses that migrate to SD WAN from traditional hub-and-spoke networks can realize the following benefits:

  • An overall lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by eliminating costly data circuits (i.e., MPLS, point-to-point) and reducing site turn-up lead times. The cost benefits may be higher for businesses shifting to SD WAN-as-a-service, significantly reducing or eliminating hardware costs.
  • Enhanced security at the edge, either by embedding security capabilities into branch office gateways or integrating with a cloud-delivered security stack
  • Simplified access to cloud applications, including IaaS and SaaS, through cloud gateways available in the major public cloud marketplaces, direct peering via co-location facilities and encrypted tunnels.
Why is SD WAN important?

Businesses' data access needs have changed dramatically since the inception of conventional WANs. With cloud adoption and remote working at an all-time high, coupled with the prevalence of low-cost, high-performance end-user devices, businesses demand quicker access to internal and cloud applications from any location and device without sacrificing performance. The traditional hub-and-spoke network architecture, which connects branch offices to data centers via private backbones, backhauling Internet and cloud-based traffic to a hub site, no longer meets modern-day technological needs at reasonable costs. Many companies attempt to alleviate application performance issues arising from increased cloud usage by delivering direct Internet access to branch offices. But doing so comes at the expense of potentially exposing users to Internet-borne threats or the additional capital investment in expensive security hardware for every branch office. While traditional WAN networks will continue to meet distinctive communication needs across specific industry sectors, SD WAN can help organizations deliver more predictable, flexible, secure and cost-effective user access to applications, whether on-premises or in the cloud.

Which SD WAN vendors compete with each other?

In general, the following vendors are direct competitors based on available deployment types, management, management models, capabilities, and form factors:

  • Cato Networks, Aryaka, Open Systems, VMware, Citrix
  • Palo Alto, Fortinet, Cisco Viptela, Juniper, Barracuda, VMware, Versa, Citrix
  • Lumen, Expereo, Verizon, GTT, Masergy

Cato Networks, Aryaka, Citrix and Open systems offer global SD WAN-as-a-service with multiple geographically distributed PoPs, with a complete, single-vendor security stack delivered from the cloud.

Palo Alto, Fortinet, Cisco Viptela, Juniper, Barracuda, VMware and Versa are edge-based solutions offering physical, virtual and cloud form factors with comparable networking and security capabilities.

Lumen, Expereo, Verizon, GTT and Masergy are large network services and telecommunications providers offering managed SD WAN solutions from top-tier SD WAN vendors globally.

Who are the top-rated SD WAN cloud providers?

Top-rated SD WAN cloud providers include Aryaka, Cato Networks, Barracuda, VMware, Versa Networks and Palo Alto.

Aryaka's SD WAN solution is built on a multi-cloud PoP-based architecture with direct peering to major cloud providers, including AWS, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud, Google Cloud Platform and Alibaba Cloud. Cato Networks' SD WAN product, part of Cato SASE, is a cloud-native service with over 70 cloud PoPs, enabling integration with AWS and Microsoft Azure via IPsec tunnels and Cato vSocket. Barracuda Networks' SD WAN solution offers cloud-based SD WAN gateways (CloudGen WAN) available in AWS and GCP. The solution leverages the Microsoft Global Network as its primary backbone, integrating well with Microsoft Azure. Versa Networks' VOS is cloud-native and multi-tenant, available in AWS Marketplace. The solution also integrates with GCP and Microsoft Azure through encrypted tunnels. VMware's VeloCloud SD WAN also offers cloud-native PoPs in AWS, GCP and Microsoft Azure. Palo Alto Networks' SD WAN Instant-On Network (ION) appliances are available in virtual form factor in GCP, AWS and Microsoft Azure.

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Who are the top-rated SD WAN suppliers?

The top-rated suppliers of SD WAN managed services include:

  • Tata Communications
  • Cato Networks
  • Aryaka
  • Verizon
  • Lumen
  • British Telecom (BT)
  • AT&T
  • Vodafone
  • Orange Business Services
Which hybrid WAN providers offer SD WAN?

Vendors providing global corporate hybrid WAN transport and SD WAN solutions include GTT, Verizon and Lumen. GTT and Verizon operate Tier 1 IP networks, connecting customers' sites via MPLS, VPLS/VLL and point-to-point leased lines. Additionally, GTT and Verizon offer managed SD WAN services from leading vendors, including:

  • Verizon: Versa, Cisco Viptela, Cisco Meraki, HPE Aruba (Silver Peak), Fortinet
  • GTT: HPE Aruba (Silver Peak), VMware, and Fortinet.

Lumen operates a Tier 1 global WAN network with coverage across 6 continents. The company connects customers' networks via VPLS, MPLS and point-to-point private lines, with managed SD WAN service offerings from top vendors, including VMware, Versa Networks, Cisco Meraki and Cisco Viptela.

What problems does SD WAN solve?

SD WAN solves many problems stemming from the incompatibility of conventional WAN networks with modern-day technological needs, among which are:

  • Eliminates the need to connect geographically distributed branch office networks through expensive and high-lead-times and private backbones, by overlaying a virtual WAN over any available transport network instead. With low-cost, high-bandwidth circuits, companies can realize significant cost savings while improving application performance.
  • Improves network availability and redundancy through multiple active carrier links, with optimal path selection across different transport types based on application traffic type
  • Simplifies branch office access through globally dispersed cloud-based SD WAN gateways or PoPs, with added branch office security delivered from the cloud
  • Accelerates cloud adoption and migration by connecting branch offices to cloud-based SD WAN gateways in the major cloud service providers
What to look for in SD WAN?

With so many vendor solutions and products crowding the SD WAN market space, differentiating between vendor solutions could prove a challenging task. While most reputable vendors will support core SD WAN capabilities, evaluating and comparing vendor solutions for the following set of capabilities could help narrow down the selection process:

  • Automation and orchestration: ability to automate deployments and site re-configurations, steer application traffic to better-performing links based to ensure optimal application performance and application definition updates, managing all aspects of the solution from a single unified platform, preferably delivered as a SaaS application.
  • Transport agnostic: ability to use any available transport, particularly low-cost circuits at the branch office, with automatic and instantaneous failover without sacrificing application performance and availability.
  • Cloud capabilities: support for cloud SD WAN gateways or PoPs in the major cloud service providers (AWS, Azure, GCP), geographically distributed for maximum coverage and easy cloud access regardless of the location.
  • Integration with third-party technology vendors: ability to integrate with top-tier network and security vendors to avoid vendor lock-in and leverage any existing investments in technology products or services
  • Security: ability to offer a complete security stack extended to the branch office or delivered as a service from the cloud
  • Support: ability to provide 24x7x365, "follow-the-sun" support covering the overlay, underlay and hardware.
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Best SD WAN providers and vendors list 1-5.

VendorPalo AltoCisco MerakiFortinetBarracudaJuniper
WAN ArchitectureEdge basedEdge basedEdge basedEdge basedEdge based
Gartner StatusLeaderLeaderLeaderNiche PlayerVisionary
Form FactorPhysical, virtual (ESXi, HyperV, JVM), cloud (AWS, GCP, Azure)Physical and virtualPhysical and virtual for FortinetPhysical and virtual (Azure)Physical (NFX Series Network Services Platform , SRX Series Firewall), virtual (vSRX Virtual Firewall), cloud (vSRV Virtual Firewall)
FirewallBasicAdvancedAdvancedBasic on CloudGen WAN, Advanced on CloudGen Firewall, Advanced on CloudGen WAN in AzureAdvanced
WAN OptimizationNoYes, via FortiOS WAN OptimizationNoYesYes, via Third-party Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs) 
Application path selectionYes, via real-time intelligent and dynamic path selection in real timeYes, via manual and performance-based path selection using advanced analyticsYes, via dynamic application steering via packets or sessions based on best quality and minimum quality Service-Level Agreement (SLA)Yes, via application-based routing policiesYes, via traffic-based steering profiles and SD-WAN policies based on SLA, path, and breakout profiles
Elevator PitchStrong security vendor operating globally across all industry verticalsStrong network and security vendor with global support across all industry verticalsStrong security vendor operating globally, highly rated in branch office security, offering seamless integration with other Fortinet productsStrong integration with Microsoft Azure. An ideal candidate for mid-market companies with heavy investment in Microsoft.AI-driven predictive and self-healing capabilities offer better visibility into end-user and application experiences.

Best SD WAN providers and vendors list 6-10.

VendorCitrixVeloCloudPeplinkVersaTeldat
WAN ArchitectureEdge and cloud PoP based100+ global PoP backboneEdge basedEdge and cloud PoP basedEdge based
Gartner StatusChallengerLeaderNiche PlayerLeaderNone
Form FactorPhysical, virtual (Citrix SD-WAN VPX, ESXI, Citrix Hypervisor, Hyper-V, KVM), and cloud (Citrix SD-WAN VPX in Azure, AWS, GCP)Physical, virtual, cloud (AWS, GCP, Azure, VMware)Physical, Virtual (Citrix XenServer, Oracle VirtualBox, Microsoft Hyper-V), Cloud (AWS, VMware)Virtual (appliance, bare metal, hypervisor, container) and cloud Physical
FirewallBasic and advanced (as Virtualized Network Function on 1100 platform Standard Edition with Palo Alto VM-Series and Check Point Quantum Edge)Advanced, with Enterprise and Premium subscriptionsBasicBasic and advancedBasic
WAN OptimizationYes, with Citrix SD-WAN PremiumYes, via Dynamic Multipath OptimizationNoYes, via service chaining of third-party WAN optimization VNF/PNFsNone
Application path selectionYes, packet-based real-time path selection with VPX in an IaaS cloud and SD-WAN appliances on-premYes, per-packet steering based on policies and real-time link conditionsYes, via 8 app-aware link load-balancing algorithms and custom policiesYes, via path selection based on Versa Link Score (VLS), taking into account TCP parameters, MOS-like scoring, RTT, RTD, jitter, loss, and app performance metricsYes, via application-aware routing
Elevator PitchDeep visibility into the network and optimization of more than 4,000 applications with flexible deployment modesCloud-based service offering AI-driven visibility to help improve app performance and client experienceLow-cost solution targeting mobility markets, including transportation, maritime, roboticsThe solution offers multi-tenancy, flexible deployment options, and a complete set of security capabilities delivered at the branch office.Competitive pricing with primary coverage across Europe and Latin America

Best SD WAN providers and vendors list 11-15.

Vendors & ProvidersOpen SystemsGlobalgigMasergyAryakaCato
WAN ArchitectureCloud gatewaysCisco Viptela & Meraki: edge based
Fortinet: Edge based
Palo Alto: edge based
Peplink: edge based
Cradlepoint: edge based
HPE Aruba & Fortinet: Edge based35 global PoP backbone65+ global PoP backbone
Gartner StatusNoneNoneVisionaryNoneNone
Form FactorCloudCisco Viptela: Physical (vEdge, ISR, ASR), virtual (CSR and vEdge Cloud Router deployed on on Cisco ENC5 and UCS, and CSP, KVM, ESXi), cloud (AWS, Azure)
Cisco Meraki: Physical and virtual HyperV, JVM), cloud (AWS, GCP, Azure)
Fortinet: Physical and virtual for Fortinet
Palo Alto: Physical, virtual (ESXi, HyperV, JVM), cloud (AWS, GCP, Azure)
Peplink: Physical, Virtual (Citrix XenServer, Oracle VirtualBox, Microsoft Hyper-V), Cloud (AWS, VMWare)
Cradlepoint: physical 
Physical, virtual, and cloud for HPE Aruba
Physical and virtual for Fortinet
Physical and virtualPhysical
FirewallAdvanced available as a standalone productCisco Viptela: advanced
Cisco Meraki: Advanced
Fortinet: Advanced
Palo Alto: basic
Peplink: basic
Cradlepoint: advanced via Unified Edge Security
Advanced on HPE Aruba and FortinetBasic, advanced with Aryaka Prime EZ1+A1:F8
WAN OptimizationYesCisco Viptela: yes, via Cisco NFV Infrastructure Software (NFVIS) with virtual WAN optimization (vWAAS)
Cisco Meraki: No
Fortinet: Yes, via FortiOS WAN Optimization
Palo Alto: No
Peplink: No
Cradlepoint: No
Yes on HPE Aruba, No on FortinetYes on SmartConnect Pro, add-on on SmartConnect EZYes, via edge device (Cato Socket)
Application path selectionSaaS optimization chooses optimal path through smart load balancing and policy-based path selection per appCisco Viptela: Yes, via application aware routing
Cisco Meraki:
Yes, via manual and performance-based path selection using advanced analytics
Fortinet:
Yes, via dynamic application steering via packets or sessions based on best quality and minimum quality Service-Level Agreement (SLA)
Palo Alto: Yes, via real-time intelligent and dynamic path selection in real time
Peplink
: Yes, via 8 app-aware link load-balancing algorithms and custom policies
Cradlepoint: yes, via Smart WAN Selection (SWANS)
Yes on HPE Aruba via dynamic path steering policies enforced on-branch gateways.
Yes on Fortinet via dynamic application steering via packets or sessions based on best quality and minimum quality Service-Level Agreement (SLA)
Yes, via HybridWAN edge devicesYes, via edge device (Cato Socket)

Elevator Pitch

Fully managed, cloud-based solution with three flexible service plansOffers managed solutions from leading SD-WAN vendors, with three flexible service plans to address customers' needsGlobal network service provider offering SD-WAN solutions from top-tier providersBest for mid-to-large enterprises with complex requirements seeking fully-managed SD-WAN services.

Cloud-based service delivery, orchestration, and analytics to create a flexible architecture

 

 

Best SD WAN providers and vendors list 15-20.

Vendors & ProvidersVerizonExpereoLumenGTTOracle
WAN ArchitectureCisco Viptela & Meraki: edge based
VMware VeloCloud: 100+ global PoP backbone
Fortinet: Edge based
Versa: Edge and cloud PoP based
HPE Aruba: edge based
Cisco Viptela & Meraki: edge based
VMware VeloCloud: 100+ global PoP backbone
Expereo: cloud gateways (hosted)
Cisco Viptela & Meraki: edge-based
VMware VeloCloud: 100+ global PoP backbone
Versa: Edge and cloud PoP based
Cisco Meraki: edge-based
VMware VeloCloud: 100+ global PoP backbone
Fortinet: Edge based
Edge based
Gartner StatusLeaderNoneLeaderLeaderNone
Form FactorCisco Viptela: Physical (vEdge, ISR, ASR), virtual (CSR and vEdge Cloud Router deployed on on Cisco ENC5 and UCS, and CSP, KVM, ESXi), cloud (AWS, Azure)
Cisco Merkai:
Physical and virtual
VMWare: Physical, virtual, cloud (AWS, GCP, Azure, VMWare)
Fortinet: Physical and virtual for Fortinet
Versa: Virtual (appliance, bare metal, hypervisor, container) and cloud
HPE Aruba: Physical, virtual, and cloud
Cisco Viptela: Physical (vEdge, ISR, ASR), virtual (CSR and vEdge Cloud Router deployed on on Cisco ENC5 and UCS, and CSP, KVM, ESXi), cloud (AWS, Azure)
Cisco Meraki: Physical and virtual
VMWare: Physical, virtual, cloud (AWS, GCP, Azure, VMware)
Expereo: cloud (hosted)
Cisco Viptela: Physical (vEdge, ISR, ASR), virtual (CSR and vEdge Cloud Router deployed on on Cisco ENC5 and UCS and CSP, KVM, ESXi), cloud (AWS, Azure)
Cisco Meraki: Physical and virtual
VMware: Physical, virtual, cloud (AWS, GCP, Azure, VMWare)
Versa: Virtual (appliance, bare metal, hypervisor, container) and cloud 
Cisco Meraki: Physical and virtual
VMware: Physical, virtual, cloud (AWS, GCP, Azure, VMware)
Fortinet: Physical and virtual for Fortinet
Physical, virtual (Oracle TSD-WAN on VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V), cloud (OCI, Azure, AWS)
FirewallCisco Viptela: advanced
Cisco Meraki:
Advanced
VMware:
Advanced, with Enterprise and Premium subscriptions
Fortinet: Advanced
Versa: Basic and advanced
HPE Aruba:
advanced
Cisco Viptela: advanced
Cisco Meraki: Advanced
VMware: Advanced, with Enterprise and Premium subscriptions
Expereo: advanced via Expereo SASE
Cisco Viptela: advanced
Cisco Meraki: Advanced
VMware: Advanced, with Enterprise and Premium subscriptions
Versa: Basic and advanced
Cisco Meraki: Advanced
VMware: Advanced, with Enterprise and Premium subscriptions
Fortinet: Advanced
Basic
WAN OptimisationCisco Viptela: yes, via Cisco NFV Infrastructure Software (NFVIS) with virtual WAN Optimization (vWAAS)
Cisco Meraki:
No
VMware:
Yes, via Dynamic Multipath Optimisation
Fortinet: Yes, via FortiOS WAN Optimisation
Versa: Yes, via service chaining of third-party WAN optimization VNF/PNFs
HPE Aruba
: Yes
Cisco Viptela: yes, via Cisco NFV Infrastructure Software (NFVIS) with virtual WAN Optimization (vWAAS)
Cisco Meraki: No
VMware: Yes, via Dynamic Multipath Optimization
Expereo: yes, via cloud-based SD-WAN gateways interconnected with an SDN overlay network 
Cisco Viptela: yes, via Cisco NFV Infrastructure Software (NFVIS) with virtual WAN optimization (vWAAS)
Cisco Meraki: No
VMware: Yes, via Dynamic Multipath Optimization
Versa: Yes, via service chaining of third-party WAN optimization VNF/PNFs
Cisco Meraki: No
VMware: Yes, via Dynamic Multipath Optimization
Fortinet: Yes, via FortiOS WAN Optimization
Yes, on Oracle Talari E50
Application path selectionCisco Viptela: Yes, via application aware routing
Cisco Meraki:
Yes, via manual and performance-based path selection using advanced analytics
VMware:
Yes, per-packet steering based on policies and real-time link conditions
Versa: Yes, via path selection based on Versa Link Score (VLS), taking into account TCP parameters, MOS-like scoring, RTT, RTD, jitter, loss, and app performance metrics
Fortinet: Yes, via dynamic application steering via packets or sessions based on best quality and minimum quality Service-Level Agreement (SLA)
HPE Aruba
: Yes, via dynamic path steering policies enforced on-branch gateways.
Cisco Viptela: Yes, via application aware routing
Cisco Meraki: Yes, via manual and performance-based path selection using advanced analytics
VMware: Yes, per-packet steering based on policies and real-time link conditions
Expereo: No
Cisco Viptela: Yes, via application aware routing
Cisco Meraki: Yes, via manual and performance-based path selection using advanced analytics
VMware: Yes, per-packet steering based on policies and real-time link conditions
Versa: Yes, via path selection based on Versa Link Score (VLS), taking into account TCP parameters, MOS-like scoring, RTT, RTD, jitter, loss, and app performance metrics
Cisco Meraki: Yes, via manual and performance-based path selection using advanced analytics
VMware: Yes, per-packet steering based on policies and real-time link conditions
Fortinet: Yes, via dynamic application steering via packets or sessions based on best quality and minimum quality Service-Level Agreement (SLA)
No
Elevator PitchTier 1 telecommunications provider with worldwide coverage with SLA-backed offerings from top-tier SD-WAN vendorsOffers fully managed SD-WAN solutions from top-tier providers, with hosted cloud SD-WAN gateways to improve in-country experienceExtensive network capabilities reaching globally with SLA-backed offerings from top-tier SD-WAN vendorsTier 1 network service provider with worldwide coverage with offerings from top-tier SD-WAN vendorsFlexible deployment options and form factors, with centralized controller and orchestration and analytics platforms
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Cato Networks5
Aryaka2.5
Masergy4.2
Fortinet4
Versa Networks4.2
Cisco Meraki3.9
GTT2.3
Lumen3.8
Palo Alto Networks4.7
Teldat3.8
Barracuda Networks4
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Peplink3
VeloCloud3.8
Oracle4
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Open Systems4.3
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