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We've listed the most popular SD WAN & Cybersecurity features which are requested by the majority of IT decision makers.

Consider your features based on what you already know. Global private backbone services are often considered by companies that currently use MPLS. In contrast, public gateways offer the ability to leverage multiple Internet providers to achieve the best possible global performance. If you're a national business, there is no need to select private or global as the benefits are not required.

WAN optimisation
(Accelerate data, improving application performance)
Global private backbone
(The SD-WAN version of MPLS)
Global public backbone
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Support for 4G/5G
(Support for cellular services)
Broadband
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Network virtualisation
(Client or cloud hosted focused organisations)
WAN edge hardware
(Traditional edge approach, not virtualised)
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Granular QoS
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Detailed reporting
(Important for governance)
Network segmentation
(Isolating network areas for enhanced security)
Application-aware routing
(Optimising paths for specific application traffic)
Micro segmentation
(Divide network into small segments)
Comprehensive WiFi
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Complex services
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What are your business' cybersecurity requirements

Which Cybersecurity features do you need to compare?Select your required security features. If you are currently using a security vendor or do not have a need to compare security, please skip this step using the option below.
SASE (Secure Access Service Edge) and SSE (Secure Service Edge) are Gartner security frameworks which are inherently important to the Enterprise when comparing capability. Select the options which are most of interest to find vendors and service providers which are leading the market across these important security features.
MDR
(Continuous monitoring, real-time threat mitigation)
XDR
(Broader than MDR, integrates across security layers)
CASB
(For companies with major cloud usage)
SWG
(Secures web access, monitors online activity)
ZTNA
(Zero Trust approach, granular access control)
SIEM
(Centralised security data analysis and reporting)
Endpoint protection
(Secures devices, prevents malware, data breaches)
IoT security
(Protects connected devices, prevents cyber attacks)
PAM
(Manages privileged access, enhances security controls)
Email security
(Safeguards email, blocks threats, prevents phishing)
FWaaS
(Cloud-based firewall, scalable network protection)
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What are your Managed services requirements

Do you require managed, co-managed or DIY services?Opting for a fully managed service will consolidate all elements of the solution into one monthly as-a-service invoice. Co-managed allows a degree of flexibility meaning the business can retain control of the service with involvement from vendor or service provider support team when required. Selecting DIY means the business will deploy, manage and support the solution in-house via their own team.
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What are your business' procurement preferences

What is your preferred method of procuring Networking solutions?How you acquire your SD WAN or Cybersecurity solutions is a key consideration. Did you know that most vendors do not deliver services directly to businesses? The majority of solutions are made available via distribution companies and partners. When procuring services, choices include obtaining solutions from a service provider (e.g. Verizon, BT, AT&T) or purchasing from a vendor directly (the majority will recommend a partner).
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What cloud vendors do you require integration with your solution

Which cloud solutions does your business need to integrate with?

Why are we asking?
The majority of businesses now require access to public cloud infrastructure. Netify logic understands which vendors and service providers are matched to Azure, AWS and Google Cloud.
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How important is cost to your business?

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8x8 Communications Solutions8x8 is a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) company headquartered in Campbell, California, United States. The company currently hosts offices in the UK, North America, Romania, Singapore and Australia. 8x8's product portfolio offers a range of communications applications, VoIP solutions and security products, including Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced analytics. Their solutions are available in several packages for small, medium and large enterprises. 8x8 has received recognition as a Leader in the 2021 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Unified Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS), Worldwide for the tenth consecutive year.www.netify.com/marketplace/8x8More Information
Aryaka SD-WAN Netify ReviewAryaka SmartConnect is their go-to-market SD-WAN product with Aryaka Prime offering integrated network and security management. Aryaka operate a global private network of PoP's which are designed to offer excellent application performance across latency and jitter. Both products feature a mix of physical and virtual components, which meet the needs of global customers across various industries and sizes. MyAryaka is focussed on enhancing cloud-based management, analytics, and multi-cloud connectivity to enhance their core global managed service offering.www.netify.com/marketplace/aryakaMore Information
AT&T SD WAN & SASE Cybersecurity SolutionsAT&T are a North America-based SD WAN and SASE service provider. Their offering includes strong solutions from popular vendors, with a number of business services suitable for small to large enterprises, including mobile, underlay services, cloud and colocation, cybersecurity and internet and networking.www.netify.com/marketplace/attMore Information
Barracuda SD-WAN Netify ReviewBarracuda has been named as a Niche Player within the Gartner Magic Quadrant. The Barrcuda product-set offers two SD-WAN products: CloudGen Firewall and SecureEdge. These products include hardware appliances and software with orchestration and management. CloudGen Firewall is their traditional offering, while SecureEdge is a newer solution supporting the transition to a SASE capabilities and features. Barracuda primarily operates in North America and EMEA, focusing on smaller enterprise and SMB customers. The company plans to invest in cloud-based reporting and analytics, cloud-based XDR, and integrated edge compute capabilities over the next 18 months.www.netify.com/marketplace/barracudaMore Information
BT BusinessNetify have worked with BT since 2011 across their connectivity products and managed services. The BT capability should be considered for underlay when partnering with an SD WAN vendor or for standard MSP requirements.www.netify.com/marketplace/bt-businessMore Information
Cato SD-WAN Netify ReviewCato's SASE has been named a Challenger within the Gartner Magic Quadrant and named a leader by Forrester. Cloud integrates SD-WAN features with SASE components. The Cato capability offers SD-WAN and SASE solutions via Cato Sockets and Cato Cloud. Cato Sockets (SD-WAN devices) integrate datacenter into Cato Cloud, which is a cloud-native platform designed to merge network security with global connectivity. Cato are typically associated with mid-market, global companies that require co-managed SD-WAN and SASE. Cato has shown a commitment to evolving their services across advanced security and AI-driven network management enhancements.www.netify.com/marketplace/cato-networksMore Information
Cisco Meraki SD-WAN Netify ReviewMeraki delivers SD-WAN, integrated security, licensed software, management and orchestration tools. Cisco supports a broad global customer base, with approximately 46,000 SD-WAN enterprise clients across diverse sizes and industries. In the coming 18 months, Cisco plans to focus on enhancing their security dashboard by integrating third-party Security Service Edge (SSE) for dual-vendor SASE support. Meraki is often used with the retail and healthcare sectors where their CCTV and strong WiFi capability are recognised enablers to their specific needs.www.netify.com/marketplace/merakiMore Information
Cisco Systems SD-WAN Netify ReviewCisco is recognised as a leader in the Magic Quadrant for their capability and contribution to the SD-WAN market. Cisco's portfolio includes Cisco Catalyst SD-WAN which incorporates advanced integrated security, licensed software, and management and orchestration tools. In combination with Cisco Umbrella, Cisco SD-WAN is capable of delivering a complete SASE solution with SD-WAN. According to Gartner's analysis, Cisco supports approximately 46,000 enterprise customers with SD-WAN solutions on a global scale. These customers represent a diverse range of sizes and industries. Looking ahead over the next 18 months, we anticipate that Cisco will focus on enhancing their security dashboard. We also predict that Cisco will increase integrations with third-party providers in the Security Service Edge (SSE) space. This strategy is likely to support a dual-vendor approach to Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) and improve cloud onramp capabilities for multi-cloud implementations.www.netify.com/marketplace/cisco-product-suiteMore Information
Cisco Viptela SD WAN & SASE Cybersecurity SolutionsCisco SD WAN is a cloud-delivered overlay WAN architecture connecting branches to datacenter and multicloud environments through a single fabric. Cisco SD WAN ensures predictable user experience for applications; high performance SaaS, IaaS and PaaS connections; and offers integrated security either on-premise or in the cloud.www.netify.com/marketplace/viptelaMore Information
Citrix SD WAN & SASE Cybersecurity SolutionsCitrix SD WAN is a next-generation WAN Edge solution that simplifies digital transformation for enterprises. It offers comprehensive security, the best application experience for SaaS, cloud, and virtual apps and desktops, and cloud choice with automation to ensure an always-on workspace.www.netify.com/marketplace/citrixMore Information
Cogent SD WAN & Cybersecurity SolutionsCogent is known for their on-net 17 day SLA delivery of circuits.www.netify.com/marketplace/cogentMore Information
Colt SD WAN & Cybersecurity SolutionsColt is a UK-based SD WAN Managed Service Provider leveraging its own global backbone of 158 points of presence. Colt have a European Net Promoter Score of 70+ and are a visionary in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure.www.netify.com/marketplace/coltMore Information
Comcast Business Enterprise SolutionsComcast Business is a North American telecommunications provider headquartered in Philidelphia, PA. The company was founded as a subsidiary of Comcast in 2006 and specialises in offering Business Phones, Broadband Internet, Ethernet Data Service, Business TV, Connectivity and Advanced Cybersecurity to customers. Comcast Business supports a private network of 600,000 miles of fiber optic and HFC cable spanning 29 regional networks in 39 states. As 2021 drew to a close, Comcast Business announced the acquisition of SD-WAN provider Masergy to better service US enterprise customers that have operations outside of North America, scaling their international operations and leveraging Masergy's managed services and SD-WAN expertise.www.netify.com/marketplace/comcast-businessMore Information
Darktrace Cybersecurity SolutionsDarktrace was founded in 2013 and has its headquarters in Cambridge, United Kingdom. They currently support over 5,500 customers and offices in more than 110 countries, specializing in providing complex machine learning and AI solutions. Their solutions include Autonomous Response, Intelligence Augmentation and Self-learning AI. In 2017 and 2019 Darktrace’s software engineering team received the MacRobert Award for prestigious innovation from the Royal Academy of Engineering. The company has also received "AI Cyber Product of the Year" at the National Cyber Awards 2021. Darktrace Immune System won in the Threat Detection category at the Fortress Cyber Security Awards 2021 and "Best Enterprise Security Solution (Cyber AI Analyst)" at the SC Awards 2021.www.netify.com/marketplace/darktraceMore Information
Expereo SD WAN & SASE Cybersecurity SolutionsAble to service 200+ countries with 3000+ last mile providers across DIA, MPLS, 4G, 5G and Broadband.www.netify.com/marketplace/expereoMore Information
FireEye Cybersecurity SolutionsFireEye are a network security provider that delivers a strong Extended Detection & Response (XDR) service.www.netify.com/marketplace/fireeyeMore Information
Forcepoint Cybersecurity SolutionsForcepoint provide a strong SASE offering with a particular focus on data protection. They also offer additional services and products including: security, cloud security and cross domain solutions.www.netify.com/marketplace/forcepointMore Information
Fortinet SD-WAN Netify ReviewFortinet is a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant, recognised for their Fortinet Secure SD-WAN solution with end-to-end SASE capability. Fortinet's SD-WAN edge services are delivered by FortiGate physical and virtual appliances with their on-premises security software licenses delivered via FortiManager's Orchestrator. Fortinet supports approximately 31,000 global SD-WAN enterprise customers across various industries. Over the next 18 months, Fortinet's development efforts will focus on integrating digital experience monitoring (with SD-WAN for unified management), deploying an AI-based assistant, and enhancing internet and application performance to improve the customer experience.www.netify.com/marketplace/fortinetMore Information
Globalgig SD WAN & Cybersecurity SolutionsGlobalgig is a North American global aggregator offering Managed Services. The company has sales teams based in the UK and Europe. www.netify.com/marketplace/globalgigMore Information
Google Cloud Platform Cloud SolutionsGoogle Cloud Platform was introduced in 2008, leveraging Google Cloud's global network infrastructure. Google Cloud Platform simplifies the enterprise transition to the cloud, while keeping up-to date with best practices. The platform features a single interface for managing hybrid and multi-cloud environments as well as regulatory requirements. Google Cloud Platform provides a suite of security services to help you protect your data, applications and infrastructure from fraudulent activity. These include advanced tools for compliance as well as encryption at rest, in transit, or in-use so that enterprise data is protected from cyber threats whist also maintaining compliance standards.www.netify.com/marketplace/google-cloud-platformMore Information
GTT SD WAN & Cybersecurity SolutionsGTT is a major telco with support for Global customers. Good option for SD WAN, Voice and large bandwidth requirements.www.netify.com/marketplace/gttMore Information
HPE Aruba SD WAN & SASE Cybersecurity SolutionsThe HPE Aruba SD-WAN edge platform replaces conventional routers, unifying SD-WAN, firewall, segmentation, routing and application visibility and control in a single platform.www.netify.com/marketplace/hpe-arubaMore Information
Lumen SD WAN & Cybersecurity SolutionsTier 1 carrier with history supporting some of the largest global businesses across the globe. Full scale end to end solutions from traditional telephony through to SD WAN.www.netify.com/marketplace/lumenMore Information
Masergy SD-WAN Netify ReviewMasergy offers advanced SD-WAN and integrated SASE solutions for mid-market global customers. The Masergy fully managed and co-managed SD-WAN service combines their global network backbone with AIOps and management tools. Masergy's future development focuses on cloud-based analytics, threat detection, response mechanisms, and edge computing capabilities. Although the Masergy brand and website is operational, we expect the Comcast brand to lead in 2024.www.netify.com/marketplace/masergyMore Information
Microsoft Azure Cloud SolutionsThe Microsoft Azure cloud platform was launched in 2010. Currently, the platform offers a wide array of more than 200 products and services designed to meet the needs for today’s challenges. Azure's tools help businesses to build, run or manage applications across multiple clouds, on premises, as well as at the edge with what they offer in their portfolio. The platform provides companies with an opportunity for enhanced scalability and global coverage so their apps can be closer to their users everywhere without sacrificing any data residency or compliancy options - all while preserving a high level of security that is essential in today’s era where cyberattacks are constantly on the rise. Azure are committed to ensuring their customers have access to their data when they need it most, through whichever location suits them best, with availability in 140 countries and over 60 announced regions worldwide.www.netify.com/marketplace/microsoft-azureMore Information
Open Systems SD WAN & SASE Cybersecurity SolutionsAs a secure access service edge (SASE) pioneer, Open Systems’ SD WAN and Managed Detection and Response services are built for an ever-changing, hybrid cloud network.www.netify.com/marketplace/open-systemsMore Information
Oracle SD WAN & SASE Cybersecurity SolutionsOracle SD-WAN enables enterprises to transform their traditional WAN, augmenting or replacing MPLS with high-bandwidth, inexpensive internet connections, and delivering a network that is easy to deploy and manage, but without requiring forklift upgrades.www.netify.com/marketplace/oracleMore Information
Palo Alto SD-WAN Netify ReviewPalo Alto Networks is as a Leader within the Gartner Magic Quadrant, recognised for their Prisma SD-WAN platform, which includes Instant-On Network (ION) edge appliances and orchestration. Palo Alto operates a global presence and serves approximately 3,500 SD-WAN enterprise customers across various industries and sizes. Future investments are expected in application acceleration, SASE enhancements, and packet steering.www.netify.com/marketplace/palo-alto-networksMore Information
Peplink SD WAN & Cybersecurity SolutionsPeplink was founded in 2006 and has its headquarters located in Mountain View, California, United States. Peplink also has offices in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong SAR. Peplink products are available globally through 500+ distribution partners and resellers. Peplink offers a comprehensive Wired and Wireless SD-WAN for any deployment. The company holds over 70 granted patents regarding their SpeedFusion technology. Their SD WAN solution includes edge routers that can connect multiple fixed or cellular WAN links at once to improve the efficiency of a firm's network setup. In 2018, Gartner acknowledged Peplink's influence in the market by naming them as part of its Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure providers.www.netify.com/marketplace/peplinkMore Information
Perimeter 81 SASE Cybersecurity SolutionsPerimeter 81 offer a single cybersecurity platform, integrating SASE with cloud security. Founded in 2018, they are a new entrant to the market.www.netify.com/marketplace/perimeter-81More Information
Secured CommunicationsSecured Communications offer a granular encrypted instant messaging solution designed to protect intellectual property. www.netify.com/marketplace/secured-communicationsMore Information
TPx SD WAN & Cybersecurity SolutionsTPx was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas, United States. The company primarily services the US domestic market. TPx is a leader in the IT sector, providing services for over 2,300 customers across 50,000 locations and making sure that businesses have all of their needs met. With their managed services, cybersecurity solutions as well network connectivity products like unified communications platforms or CCaaS solutions, TPx has managed to become a leading managed services provider in the US. TPx bring to market an expansive suite of products, representing some of the major brands and agencies within the IT space. These solutions can advance your business forward when implementing transformative measures to adapt to the shift in requirements to mitigate contemporary problems such as remote work or cybersecurity.www.netify.com/marketplace/tpxMore Information
Verizon SD WAN & SASE Cybersecurity SolutionsTier 1 carrier offering MPLS, DIA, point to point & private lines with a strong security portfolio. Completely global, with support for SD WAN leaders.www.netify.com/marketplace/verizonMore Information
Versa SD-WAN Netify ReviewVersa Networks offers two products: Secure SD-WAN and cloud-based Versa Titan, built on similar technology. The platform includes physical and virtual appliances, software licenses, and orchestration. With a global presence, Versa serves about 24,000 SD-WAN enterprise customers across various sectors, primarily through service providers. Versa plans to enhance artificial intelligence, observability, and multi-cloud support within their SD-WAN orchestration platform in the next 18 months. Versa is currently a leader within the Gartner Magic Quadrant.www.netify.com/marketplace/versa-networksMore Information
Virgin Media Business SD WAN & SASE Cybersecurity SolutionsVirgin Media are an SD WAN and SASE service provider, offering solutions based on Versa Networks and Fortinet. They offer cloud access services based on AWS and Azure, with managed and DIY services for SD WAN and SASE.www.netify.com/marketplace/virgin-mediaMore Information
VMware SD-WAN Netify ReviewVMware 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.www.netify.com/marketplace/velocloudMore Information
VMware SD-WAN Netify ReviewVMware 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.www.netify.com/marketplace/vmwareMore Information
Vodafone Cybersecurity SolutionsVodafone was founded in 1981 and is best-known as a retailer of mobile phone devices for personal use. Now, the company offers cybersecurity and connectivity solutions for small, large and public sector businesses. Vodafone is headquartered in Berkshire, UK and has offices world-wide. The company was named a Leader in the Garner Magic Quadrant for Managed IoT Connectivity Services 2021 and 2022. www.netify.com/marketplace/vodafoneMore Information

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List of the best SD-WAN vendors

Who are the best SD-WAN vendors in 2024?

  1. Cisco Systems: Best vendor for complex services
  2. Aryaka: Best vendor for global managed SD-WAN
  3. Fortinet: Best for highly secure branch office and remote user requirements
  4. Meraki: Best for orgnisations requiring an easy to manage solution
  5. Cato Networks: Best for global co-managed SD-WAN and SASE requirements
  6. VMware: Best for global application performance
  7. Masergy (Comcast): Best global SD-WAN provider offering managed services
  8. Versa: Best for Service Provider delivered SD-WAN and SASE
  9. Palo Alto: Best companies with specific SASE security requirements
  10. Barracuda: Best for companies with a focus on Microsoft Azure

In 2024, Meraki emerges as the best choice across SD-WAN Vendors, catering to the requirements of Medium and Large Enterprises.

We are the only company to have reviewed and tested 10 leading vendors & service providers to help IT decision makers understand current market leaders and their capability. Our analysis of leading SD-WAN vendors provides a comprehensive view of trends, offering valuable guidance for organisations comparing vendors and managed service providers across the US, UK and with national and global sites.

2024 Best SD-WAN Vendors

Finding the best SD-WAN vendor or managed provider is becoming increasingly difficult. Whether you are researching SD-WAN from a large global enterprise or from a mid-market business, understanding which solution is best for your requirements can be a daunting task. Netify have created a tool to help you shortlist and compare vendors alongside our annual list of the 10 best solutions to consider.

How we tested each SD-WAN vendor?

Robert Sturt, writer for Techtarget and Forbes, has hands-on tested each vendor and service provider. This list of best SD-WAN solutions has been curated based on our experience of SD-WAN capability that matches the needs of most organisations. Within each vendor or provider listing, we have included a link to the hands on test completed by Robert.

Cisco Systems SD-WAN
  1. Cisco SD-WAN: Best vendor for complex services

Recognised by Gartner, as one of their magic quadrant leaders, Cisco SD-WAN is typically best for large complex Global Enterprise SD-WAN deployments. The overall proposition is based on vManage (where configuration and deployment occurs), vEdge routers (WAN edge), and vSmart (centralised control plane). Working alongside their main SD-WAN capability is OnRamp, used to simplify connection to Cloud services (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud).  The Cisco SD-WAN proposition is also enhanced by Cisco Umbrella, which provides SASE security capability to provide a complete solution.

Cisco SD-WAN is proven as a highly configurable and comprehensive SD-WAN solution with capability to deliver features at a granular level of configuration. We would only recommend Cisco SD-WAN to companies with specific needs across complex services. Organisations must also consider the expertise of in-house IT teams or the expertise of any MSPs (Managed Service Providers delivering the solution).

Pros of Cisco Systems SD-WAN

  • Enhanced Cloud Integration and Application Performance prioritisation features.
  • Extensive and capable management portal and capability.
  • Integrated Security Features, enabling network segmentation.

Cons of Cisco Systems SD-WAN

  • Cisco SD-WAN requires expertise to make the most of capability.
  • Lacks some of the more innovative features of new SD-WAN players.
  • Reviews suggest remote access is one of the weaker Cisco SD-WAN features.

Why should your business choose Cisco Systems SD-WAN?

Businesses with complex global networking requirements are a good fit for Cisco SD-WAN. While the service is deemed as complicated to manage, the sheer breadth of capability allows for granular configuration of application performance across branch-office and cloud delivered services.

How is Cisco SD-WAN using AI?

Cisco is using AI and ML (Machine Learning) for IT operations (AIOps) to enhance and simplify network management.

Aryaka SD-WAN
  1. Aryaka SD-WAN: Best vendor for global managed SD-WAN

Aryaka provides access to a Global wholly owned network of PoPs with fully managed underlay (Internet connectivity) and overlay (SD-WAN and SASE cybersecurity). Aryaka is best for organisations with global, fully managed services needs with standard requirements. Although Aryaka is a highly capable SD-WAN solution, the capability does not extend to complex configurations needs. Aspects such as their last mile procurement and circuit inventory with SLA performance metrics make managing their SD-WAN solution simple on an every day basis. The SLA reporting is generated based on extensive reporting across circuit utilisation, downtime, latency, and jitter.

The Aryaka FlexCore network is central to delivery of their overall capability which includes MPLS network migration, Last mile Internet, Cloud and SaaS acceleration, remote access, next generation Firewall and Secure web gateway. 

Pros of Aryaka SD-WAN

  • Aryaka's SD-WAN is a fully managed service, which means businesses don't have to worry about managing their WAN infrastructure.
  • Aryaka's SD-WAN provides improved application performance through a combination of WAN optimisation techniques.
  • Aryaka's SD-WAN is easy to deploy and can be scaled up or down to meet changing business needs.

Cons of Aryaka SD-WAN

  • Aryaka's SD-WAN is a managed service, which means businesses may have less control over their network infrastructure compared to a self-managed solution.
  • While Aryaka's SD-WAN can lead to cost savings in some areas, such as reduced IT staff workload, the service itself can be expensive.
  • With Aryaka's SD-WAN, businesses are dependent on Aryaka for their network infrastructure which could be viewed as a risk.

Why should you business choose Aryaka SD-WAN?

Customers choose Aryaka because of their capability to deliver SD-WAN as an underlay and overlay MSP with the addition of a wholly owned private IP backbone which spans 40 PoP locations. Aryaka provides excellent latency and jitter performance across Global  SaaS cloud applications.

How is Aryaka SD-WAN using AI?

Integrates AI for network security and observability.

Fortinet SD-WAN
  1. Fortinet SD-WAN: Best for highly secure branch office and remote user requirements

Fortinet is known for their history of delivering highly rated Firewall capability via their custom ASIC WAN edge hardware. The Fortinet Secure SD-WAN product supports security sensitive cloud applications for both national and global enterprises across 31,000 customers. Standout features include next-generation firewall (NGFW), advanced routing, and ZTNA application gateway functions to ensure branch-office, cloud SaaS applications and remote workers can all access resources without compromising security. Fortinet is currently recognised by Gartner within the SD-WAN magic quadrant.

Fortinet is best for companies with a need for branch-office and remote worker SD-WAN with extensive firewall capability requirements. We also note that Fortinet has been widely adopted by Service Providers and is offered as an MSP proposition.

Pros of Fortinet SD-WAN

  • Fortinet's Secure SD-WAN solution is known for its deeply integrated advanced security features. Unlike many SD-WAN solutions that require additional security overlays, Fortinet combines networking and traffic shaping with next-generation firewall capabilities in a single solution
  • Fortinet provides centralised management through FortiOS, which simplifies the operation and management of the WAN. This allows for zero-touch provisioning, enabling quick site deployment.
  • Fortinet's are investing in their global AI assistant to help IT teams improve networking decisions.

Cons of Fortinet SD-WAN

  • While Fortinet aims to simplify WAN operations, SD-WAN architectures, in general, can be more complex to manage compared to traditional WAN solutions.
  • Some organisations may find that the cost savings expected from SD-WAN are not fully realised, especially if they need to upgrade their existing infrastructure to support the SD-WAN platform.
  • Although Fortinet's SD-WAN includes integrated security, it may still lack breadth of security offered by some of the newer SD-WAN vendor solutions.

Why should your business choose Fortinet SD-WAN?

Businesses should choose Fortinet if they require a strong WAN edge solution to support branch-offices and remote workers. If strong Zero-trust is at the core of your needs, with next generation Firewall, Fortinet is a good choice. Readers should note that DIY management requires significant expertise - Fortinet is available from numerous MSP's and service providers.

How is Fortinet SD-WAN using AI?

Introduces enhanced AIOps capabilities across their SD-WAN, wired/wireless, and 5G/LTE gateway portfolio.

Meraki SD-WAN
  1. Meraki SD-WAN: Best for orgnisations requiring an easy to manage solution

Meraki is known for their ability to deliver SD-WAN to branch-office and remote users with simplicity and unique features, including support for CCTV (smart cameras), sensors, cloud services, remote users and an excellent WiFi capability. One of their stand-out capabilities is their management interface together with AutoVPN, which enables the setup and deployment of SD-WAN in minutes.  Meraki deployments are also effective at supporting multiple Internet circuit types (including support for cellular) via their capability across failover and prioritisation using policy based routing and dynamic path selection. Meraki can deliver the complete solution across Wireless and Switching with unified SASE capability.

Meraki is viewed as the best solution for healthcare and retail. In part, this is due to their strong Wifi, CCTV and sensor capability which fits with the needs of these sectors. However, most business can leverage Meraki benefits, which include ease of configuration, strong partner support and significant product investment from Cisco.

Pros of Meraki SD-WAN

  • Meraki SD-WAN offers a user-friendly, web-based dashboard for managing the entire network.
  • Meraki's Auto VPN technology simplifies the complex process of VPN configuration.
  • Strong CCTV and branch-office Wifi capability with excellent reporting.

Cons of Meraki SD-WAN

  • While Meraki SD-WAN is viewed as a cost-effective solution, some businesses report costs rise significantly as more features are required.
  • Meraki's focus on simplicity and user-friendly design sometimes comes at the cost of granular control.
  • Meraki SD-WAN requires the use of Meraki hardware for its full set of features and benefits. Think carefully if your organisation is invested in other vendor solutions.

Why should your business choose Meraki SD-WAN?

If your business requires delivering SD-WAN to numerous branch-office sites, Meraki represents a good solution. CCTV, Wifi, and sensor technology are often a great fit for specific use-cases across the retail and healthcare sectors. Alongside these features is a good overall SASE capability, switching and remote user solution (using their mobile device management features).

How is Meraki SD-WAN using AI?

Building their network platform from the cloud up for automation and AI, focusing on network health and intelligent recommendations.

Cato Networks SD-WAN
  1. Cato SD-WAN: Best for global co-managed SD-WAN and SASE requirements

In Q3 2023, Cato were recognised by Gartner as a leader in their GigaOm report across product leadership. The Cato SD-WAN solution provides cloud-native SASE architecture to deliver a consistent level of service across all elements of their capability. In simple terms, Cato are delivering the complete Cloud stack across SASE and SD-WAN which reduces complexity. While Cato can deliver fully managed services, most customers opt for co-managed, which ensures the core capability is setup and deployed but allows IT teams to quickly make the changes they need. Comparable to Aryaka, Cato operate a network of global PoP locations to enhance application and cloud access performance.

The Cato proposition is best for businesses which require global co-managed services. While Cato does offer fully managed services, their capability is more aligned with businesses requiring initial setup and support but, day to day control of the SD-WAN.

Pros of Cato SD-WAN

  • Cato SD-WAN is known for its simplicity and quick deployment capabilities. The Cato Socket, a key component of their SD-WAN solution, facilitates easy setup and immediate operational status, making the process hassle-free for businesses of all sizes.
  • Cato integrates comprehensive security features directly into its SD-WAN solution, including a Secure Web Gateway, advanced anti-malware, and Intrusion Prevention System (IPS).
  • Cato offers a global private backbone that significantly enhances the performance of international traffic.

Cons of Cato SD-WAN

  • Cato Networks might lack some of the advanced features and the broad market acceptance that established competitors possess.
  • Unlike Aryaka, customers must research and purchase their own underlay connectivity (ISP services).
  • To fully leverage Cato's SD-WAN solution, some organisations might need to replace their current network infrastructure or make significant changes to it.

Why should your business choose Cato SD-WAN?

If your business is global and requires a fully featured end-to-end single vendor SASE and SD-WAN c0-managed solution. It is important to understand that Cato is a solution which is not highly customisable which may mean complex Enterprise networks should look elsewhere for their SD-WAN solution.

How is Cato SD-WAN using AI?

Cato Networks is actively exploring the use of Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to enhance the security and effectiveness of their Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) product, which includes its SD-WAN solution.

VMware SD-WAN
  1. VMware SD-WAN: Best for global application performance

VMware's work within the virtualisation market means they are a well recognised and respected brand in the networking space. With the purchase of VeloCloud, VMware has integrated an SD-WAN and SASE capability to create number of features. Dynamic multi-path optimisation with access to a network of global gateways mean their solution has been adopted by their existing multinational customer base. Similar to Cisco SD-WAN, VMware is also capable of network segmentation which is aligned well with significant cloud capability.

VMware are best for global businesses that require the best possible application performance. With global Internet connected gateways, VMware are recognised for their ability to ensure applications traverse the Internet with low latency.

Pros of VMware SD-WAN

  • VMware SD-WAN enhances application performance across the network by leveraging dynamic multi-path optimisation.
  • The platform integrates comprehensive security features, including end-to-end segmentation, advanced threat protection, and the ability to insert security services wherever needed.
  • VMware SD-WAN supports a highly scalable and flexible network architecture.

Cons of VMware SD-WAN

  • VMware SD-WAN does not provide an integrated solution for WLAN, LAN, and network security within a single offering.
  • Some users have found VMware SD-WAN to be costly and have expressed concerns about the lack of transparent pricing information.
  • While VMware SD-WAN is praised for its features and performance, some users have reported challenges with finding comprehensive documentation and receiving support for complex issues.

Why should your business choose VMware SD-WAN?

First, if you are a current customer of VMware with Global requirements, VMware should make your shortlist. The global network of cloud gateways are connected to multiple ISP's which in turn is leveraged by their dynamic multi-path SD-WAN application routing meaning Global Enterprises should also consider the VMware solution. Readers should note that VMware is typically available via Service Providers which presents a further comparison task when conducting research.

How is VMware SD-WAN using AI?

VMware is integrating AI and ML into their SD-WAN solution to enhance network operations and application performance. The Edge Network Intelligence delivers enhanced AIOps capabilities to reduce SD-WAN operations costs and provide visibility to end-to-end application performance.

Masergy (Comcast) SD-WAN
  1. Masergy SD-WAN: Best global SD-WAN provider offering managed services

The first true traditional service provider to make our list of best SD-WAN providers. Netify have worked successfully with Masergy (now Comcast) since 2010, as customers of large telcos became disgruntled with service and support. Not only does Masergy offer highly rated support, they also operate one of the highest performing global backbones across latency and jitter. We note the capability of Masergy's AIOps and Network Analytics to deliver actionable insights into network security and application performance. There's also integrated SASE security which is delivered by their UTM (Unified Threat Management), NGFW (Next Generation Firewall) with advanced IDS (Intrusion Detection System). The entire Masergy capability is wrapped into fully managed services which is capable of delivering connectivity across their own backbone of via OTT (Over the Top) where Masergy will SLA 3rd party Internet connectivity.

Masergy are best for global service provider managed services. The combination of their backbone, adoption of AIOps, and high Net Promoter score means your applications perform well and your solution support is firmly in place for when issues occur.

Pros of Masergy SD-WAN

  • Masergy SD-WAN includes built-in security capabilities such as next-generation firewalls with Unified Threat Management (UTM), advanced Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS), and end-to-end IPsec data encryption.
  • Masergy offers a global network that ensures high performance and reliability for SD-WAN sites, committing to 100% service availability for SD-WAN sites configured for high availability and for direct cloud connections architected for redundancy.
  • High Net Promoter score recognising their ability to deliver excellent customer service.

Cons of Masergy SD-WAN

  • While Masergy SD-WAN offers a comprehensive set of features and managed services, the cost can be a significant factor for some businesses.
  • While Masergy's managed SD-WAN service is designed to simplify network management, it may also result in limited visibility and control for businesses that prefer to have hands-on management of their network.
  • Masergy's service and support does carry a premium, businesses looking for low cost SD-WAN should look elsewhere.

Why should your business choose Masergy SD-WAN?

Customers looking to outsource managed services to a traditional service provider should consider Masergy. The Masergy capability integrates fully managed SD-WAN and SASE security across a global infrastructure with flexible managed service options. All backed up by a high Net Promoter score.

How is Masergy SD-WAN using AI?

Masergy has introduced AIOps, an industry-first integrated AI-based solution for network, security, and application optimisation. This digital assistant, embedded into Masergy's Intelligent Service Control customer portal, acts as a virtual engineer, providing intelligent alerts and recommendations to enhance application performance, predict bandwidth needs, and optimise network throughput using anomaly detection and predictive analytics.

Versa SD-WAN
  1. Versa SD-WAN: Best for Service Provider delivered SD-WAN and SASE

Versa SD-WAN offers true multi-tenancy with sophisticated and customisable analytics and reporting. These features mean that Versa is widely adopted by service providers which, in turn, deliver managed services to their customer base. Versa is also capable of delivering highly complex requirements along side standardised SD-WAN features to meet the needs of most organisations. Where simpler requirements are concerned, Versa is one of the most cost effective solutions on the market which is capable of offering a broad set of SASE and SD-WAN features. Gartner recognise Versa within the leader section of their magic quadrant, which is part due to highly capable UTM (Unified Threat Management) and their single pass architecture which is designed to reduce latency.

Versa are best for national companies with generalised needs. The Versa capability is excellent across all SD-WAN features from SASE security to traffic optimisation. Although Versa is used for Global companies, we would recommend their solution for national requirements.

Pros of Versa SD-WAN

  • Versa SD-WAN offers a unified solution that integrates advanced security services, such as next-generation firewalls and Unified Threat Management (UTM), with its SD-WAN capabilities.
  • Versa's SD-WAN solution features dynamic policy-based path selection, which optimizes application performance by intelligently routing traffic based on real-time network conditions.
  • Versa SD-WAN provides a range of deployment options, including on-premises, cloud, and blended models.
Cons of Versa SD-WAN
  • Some users have reported that the management interface of Versa SD-WAN can be complex and overwhelming.
  • Versa SD-WAN has been noted to lack substantial WAN optimization functionality.
  • Versa SD-WAN is perceived to have a lower market presence and visibility outside of the service provider realm.

Why should your business choose Versa SD-WAN?

Versa is a cost effective alternative to the usual suspects of Meraki and Fortinet. There's no IP backbone to leverage with Versa but the solution is delivered via their Cloud presence. There is a focus on SASE security, Versa have been recognised by Gartner for their approach to networking and security. Overall, Versa should be selected based on their strong application steering and comprehensive SASE solution.

How is Versa SD-WAN using AI?

Versa Networks has introduced AI and ML-powered enhancements across its product line, including its SD-WAN solutions. These advancements leverage sophisticated analytics and true multi-tenancy to provide enhanced networking and security capabilities.

Palo Alto (Prisma) SD-WAN
  1. Palo Alto SD-WAN: Best companies with specific SASE security requirements

Palo Alto (Prisma SD-WAN), a leader in the Gartner magic quadrant, is used by large Enterprise customers with complex or granular cybersecurity requirements. With this in mind, Palo is often viewed as difficult to setup and configure due to the need to meet the demands of complicated security architecture. The core capability of Palo Alto SD-WAN surrounds their next generation Firewall offering but there are enhancements arriving to keep pace with SD-WAN innovations. These include packet duplication and FEC (Forward Error Correction) to help improve delay sensitive application performance. Over the next 18 months, Palo Alto Networks have stated their intent to enhance application acceleration, SASE enhancements and FEC and packet duplication.

Palo Alto is generally best for organisations which have a need to leverage their next generation SASE security capability. Companies are aware of their strong history and security focus over many years. The Palo SD-WAN solution has been tested across application aware routing demonstrating their commitment to SD-WAN features.

Pros of Palo Alto SD-WAN

  • Palo Alto Networks Prisma SD-WAN (formerly CloudGenix) is recognised for its innovation, particularly in AI operations, granular policy control, and visibility.
  • Palo Alto SD-WAN provides comprehensive visibility into network traffic, allowing easy identification and prioritisation of applications and their traffic.
  • The platform is noted for its above-average customer experience ratings and a strong understanding of both current and future customer requirements.

Cons of Palo Alto SD-WAN

  • One of the drawbacks noted by users is the pricing, especially for licensing large numbers of people.
  • While Palo Alto SD-WAN is robust in many aspects, it has limited capabilities in certain technical areas, such as TCP and WAN optimisation features.
  • The existence of multiple SD-WAN products under the Palo Alto umbrella can lead to market confusion.

Why should your business choose Palo Alto SD WAN?

Your business should shortlist Palo Alto if you have complex and specific security needs. Palo is also recognised as a vendor for large Global Enterprise businesses - Gartner have stated that Palo has a focus on the larger corporate market.

How is Palo Alto SD-WAN using AI?

Palo Alto Networks recognises the importance of Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the evolution of SD-WAN, emphasising their role in automating operations and enhancing network performance. By embedding AI and ML into SD-WAN solutions, networks can process massive amounts of data and gain a deeper understanding of network and application performance, leading to a smarter, self-healing, and self-driving network that requires minimal human intervention.

Barracuda SD-WAN
  1. Barracuda SD-WAN: Best for companies with a focus on Microsoft Azure

Barracuda is a North American centric SD-WAN vendor with global presence. The Barracuda core value proposition surrounds their CloudGen Firewall and SecureEdge products. In 2023 and 2024, Barracuda have significantly enhanced their overall SASE features. With approximately 1500 Enterprise customers, the business is known for the cloud-native integration of Microsoft Azure. Other enhancements include improvements to reporting, analytics and cloud based-XDR. The CudaLaunch application is designed to secure remote worker connectivity while enforcing policies.

Barracuda is best for companies with a focus on cloud vendor integration, especially Microsoft Azure. Alongside native cloud integration, Barracuda also offer significant capabilities across threat protection and cloud based sandboxing to help with malware and zero-hour attacks.

Pros of Barracuda SD-WAN

  • Barracuda SD-WAN incorporates multi-layered, next-generation security features, including cloud-based full emulation sandboxing.
  • Barracuda's SD-WAN solution is designed for ease of use, offering out-of-the-box configurations and zero-touch deployment.
  • Barracuda SD-WAN is fully cloud-native to Azure, leveraging Microsoft's Global Network as a WAN backbone.

Cons of Barracuda SD-WAN

  • Despite its benefits, Barracuda SD-WAN is noted to be quite expensive.
  • While Barracuda SD-WAN is designed to boost network performance, it has shown some limitations in handling link redundancy.
  • Barracuda is viewed as primarily a North American centric organisation.

Why should your business choose Barracuda SD-WAN?

If your business is heavily invested in Microsoft Azure, Barracuda is an excellent choice due to their native in-built capability and relationship with Microsoft. This is particularly beneficial for businesses also using Microsoft Office 365 due to route prioritisation.

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SD-WAN Quick Comparison Matrix

Vendor comparison 1-5

AspectCisco SD-WAN (Viptela)Aryaka SD-WANFortinet SD-WANMeraki SD-WANCato Networks SD-WAN
SASE IntegrationIntegrates with Cisco Umbrella for cloud-delivered security services.Unified SASE services with managed firewall, secure web gateway, and secure remote access.FortiSASE offers networking and security functionalities in a unified platform.Seamless integration with Cisco's SASE technologies for a unified network and security platform.SD-WAN capabilities integrated with WAN backbone and cloud-based security services.
SD-WAN ArchitectureAbstracted architecture with control and forwarding plane separation across network resources. Includes Cisco vEdge and XE SD-WAN routers.FlexCore global Layer 2/3 backbone network, offering tiered performance and availability.Scalable, redundant design with multiple transport options including MPLS and broadband.Cloud-based management with hub-and-spoke topology, utilising Meraki MX appliances.Cloud-native software stack minimising edge-compute requirements, global private backbone.
Technology ManagementManaged via Cisco vManage for centralised control, supporting REST and NETCONF communication.MyAryaka portal for intuitive, intent-based forwarding rules and policy definition.Centralised management console for streamlined configuration and management.Cisco Meraki dashboard for granular control over SD-WAN infrastructure in a cloud-native environment.Cloud-based application for single-pane-of-glass management of networking and security infrastructure.
Core NetworkGlobal scale operation with cloud-based network connectivity management, flexible architecture.Secure PoPs with integrated WAN acceleration and optimisation, sub-30ms latency to major business areas.Security-driven network approach, designed for cloud-first and hybrid workforces.Engineered for cloud-first enterprises, blending SD-WAN functionality with security features.Global private backbone designed to replace MPLS, optimising cloud application access.
DifferentiatorsAdvanced routing capabilities, global support network, integration with Cisco's security portfolio.Global FlexCore network, sophisticated end-to-end application and network optimisation technology.Specialised hardware for performance optimisation, self-healing capabilities, application identification.Cloud-centric management, user-friendly dashboard, integration with Cisco's security portfolio.Integrated SD-WAN and security solution with a global backbone, cloud-based security services.

Vendor comparison 6-10

Aspect
  1. VMware SD-WAN
  1. Masergy (Comcast) SD-WAN
  1. Versa Secure SD-WAN
  1. Palo Alto Networks SD-WAN
  1. Barracuda Secure SD-WAN
SASE IntegrationVMware SASE integration for cloud-native network security and connectivity.Aligns with Gartner’s SASE model, offering tiered security options including next-gen cloud firewalls.Versa SASE integration for continuous security across multiple access points.Centralised management of network security policies, traffic segmentation, and built-in encryption.Integrates next-generation firewall capabilities for comprehensive threat protection.
SD-WAN ArchitectureCloud-native architecture supporting edge computing, AI integration for simplified operations.Flexibility in network connectivity with options for public, private, and 5G wireless access.Single software platform offering multi-layered security and multi-cloud connectivity.Cloud and virtual machine setups on universal customer premises equipment.Combines advanced VPN routing, balancing, and shaping features for optimised performance.
Technology ManagementCloud-native platform with AI for IT operations (AIOps) capabilities for proactive network management.Masergy’s management portal offers a single-pane-of-glass view into network and cloud application delivery.AI/ML integration for a self-managing, self-healing, and predictive networking solution.Assists with planning of SD-WAN configuration, including branch and hub communications.Zero-touch deployment for SecureEdge site devices, requiring no local expertise for setup.
Core NetworkPart of VMware SASE offering, with expanded PoPs for better cloud connectivity.Direct connections to the cloud with 100% service availability SLA, secure access to cloud applications.Carrier-class, flexible, agile, and innovative approach in the NFV market.Improved reliability, better performance, and enhanced security for IoT integration.Ensures fast, always-on access to business-critical applications on-premises and in the cloud.
DifferentiatorsCloud-native design, expansive global PoP network, enhanced performance for voice and video applications.24/7 monitoring, software-defined network for enhanced reliability, AI-powered analytics.Flexibility to scale network resources, multi-tenancy, unified network management.Prisma Access integration for a unified security posture, AI/ML-driven operations for predictive analytics.CloudGen WAN integration for optimised cloud application performance, automated threat protection.
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