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VMware SD-WAN Netify Review

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VMware SD-WAN is a Gartner leader, with optional gateway POPs, software licenses, and a cloud orchestrator. VMware operates around 18,000 enterprise SD-WAN clients, which are mainly provided by their service provider end clients. Over the next 18 months, VMware plans to enhance SD-WAN Cloud Transport, SASE security, edge computing and private 5G. Investments are expected across AI for digital experience assurance and analytics. Broadcom's announced their acquisition of VMware on May 26, 2022 - VMware and Broadcom were independent at the time of writing this article.

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VMware (VeloCloud) Hands-on test and review

I started testing VMware SD-WAN by exploring the portal interface. The first step was to define the business policies to steer traffic based on the priority of different applications by identifying SaaS applications used by branch-office sites and remote users.

Once traffic steering was configured, the process enabled automatic routing adjustments in real-time as VMware optimises the application performance even under conditions of fluctuating network packet loss. VMware's demo environment intelligently direct traffic across multiple links measures the real-time conditions of the network, with dynamic routing of traffic via the most optimal path (Broadband, 4G, 5G or leased line).

I also tested VMware's impact on SaaS application performance. The built-in performance monitoring tools provided metrics related to latency, jitter, and packet loss before and after VMware SD-WAN implementation. These tools offered quantifiable evidence of VMware's capacity to improve application performance.

Below: VMware is capable of displaying quality scores based on QoE (Quality of Experience).

VMware QoS Setup

VMware SASE offers access to their global network of POP locations (VMware gateways). Within my test, I connected to the nearest POP in the UK and registered with VMware's Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) server, which pushed down the required profiles and configurations. The rules defined specific access policies for allowed and blocked websites, which demonstrated the ability of VMware SASE to block access to certain websites as per the configured policies to secure branch-offices and remote users.

Network management is simplified through the VMware dashboard, which gave me a central view of the entire network. VMware Zero-touch offers the ability to oversee branch deployments without having to physically manage routing equipment on-premises.

Below: VMware SD-WAN edge devices are easily viewed in map format.

VMware Reporting Overview

The hands-on test of VMware SD-WAN demonstrated ease of deployment and the measurable improvements in network performance and application responsiveness.

VMware's SD-WAN has seen significant evolutions since 2016. The solution was initially thought of as a cost effective basic SD-WAN, but by 2017, VMware was recognised for unique features such as Dynamic Multi-Path.

A shift in the business model occurred in 2019 when VMware started selling through Service Providers. By 2021, service providers leverage VMware's ability to clearly show the Quality of Experience (QoE) and underlay link state based on real traffic.

In 2022, VMware introduced features for firmware upgrades, focussing on improving reliability and uptime. As of 2023, the market was noting that VMware's custom-built Dell appliances offered high performance and uptime.

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Pros & Cons

What are the pros and cons of VMware SD-WAN?

List of the pros and cons associated with VMware SD-WAN.


  • Leadership Position: Recognised as a Leader in Gartner's Magic Quadrant.
  • Comprehensive Offerings: VMware SD-WAN includes Edge appliances, gateway POPs, software licenses, and a cloud-based orchestrator.
  • Global Reach and Diverse Customer Base: Approximately 18,000 enterprise customers globally.
  • Strong Product Strategy: Roadmap is aligned with current and emerging customer needs, Tincluding cloud transport and AI functionality.
  • Excellent Customer Experience: Recognised for strong customer experience based on Gartner client interactions, Peer Insights data, and high Net Promoter Score.
  • High Market Visibility: Strong visibility in the SD-WAN market, evidenced by user interactions, and social media presence.
  • Future Investments: Focus on integrating SD-WAN Cloud Transport, security, edge computing, private 5G into a single platform, and AI-based digital experience assurance and analytics.


  • On-Premises Security Features: Lags behind competitors in terms of integrated security features.
  • Lower Market Investment Growth: Expected investment growth in the SD-WAN market is lower vs. other vendors.
  • Lack of Native SD-Branch Offering: No integrated solution for WLAN, LAN, network security.
  • Pending Broadcom Acquisition: As of the evaluation, VMware and Broadcom operate separately. The impact of this acquisition remains to be fully understood and was not factored into Netify's analysis.

Comparison: VeloCloud vs Palo Alto vs HPE Aruba vs Versa Networks SD WAN & security

Consider the points below to compare VeloCloud vs Palo Alto (CloudGenix) vs HPE Aruba (Silver Peak) vs Versa Networks SD WAN and SASE security.


  • VeloCloud is a suitable choice for Small-Medium Businesses and large multinational corporations with over 1,000 sites. 
  • VeloCloud SD WAN is fully cloud-based, leveraging VMware SD WAN gateways globally. 
  • VeloCloud accesses cloud vendors via VMware SD WAN gateways, with full integration for AWS, Azure natively built-in and connectivity for Google Cloud. 

Palo Alto (CloudGenix)

  • Palo Alto is a good choice for clients who want to migrate from legacy architectures with cloud-integrated technology. 
  • Palo Alto SD WAN connects all branch offices to the cloud with machine learning to simplify network operations. 
  • Palo Alto provides connectivity to AWS, Azure and Google Cloud with options for managed cloud security via a partnership with Telus. 

HPE Aruba (Silver Peak)

  • HPE Aruba offers complex solutions for clients with complex requirements. 
  • HPE Aruba's SD WAN solution strongly focuses on WAN optimization for improved performance. It also supports hybrid WAN.
  • HPE Aruba offers AWS, Azure, Google Cloud and Oracle Cloud connectivity. 

Versa Networks

  • Versa Networks have strong offerings for small-medium enterprises with their Versa Titan solution. 
  • Versa Networks' SD WAN offering comes in two offerings; Versa Classic for large enterprises and Versa Titan for Small-Medium Enterprises. 
  • Versa connects to cloud vendors via its network of cloud gateways. They offer connectivity to DELL Technologies, AWS, Azure and Google Cloud. 


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Vendors offering Integration with Cloud Security Providers22%
Strong Network and Cloud Security Offerings24%
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