Cisco Interface Module - expansion module is rated4.25 out of5 by4.
Rated 5 out of 5
from Scalable, has good technical support, and the policy configuration manager is helpfulWhat is our primary use case?I recently provided Cisco SD-WAN to one of my customers for the first time. This customer had a traditional network and had been happy with the conversion to a software-defined WAN.How has it helped my organization?The introduction of Cisco SD-WAN, has make some greate change to our organization in terms of acquiring new knowledge as we are a cisco premium partner, we have to take some training on SD-WAN to understand the knowledge so that it will be easy for us to sell and implement to the end customerWhat is most valuable?So far, the feature that I like best is the policy configuration manager. It is better than performing a manual configuration.What needs improvement?It would be very helpful if we had better access to a knowledge base, or online documentation, to help both us and our customers learn to use this solution.For how long have I used the solution?I have been working with Cisco SD-WAN and doing online training for the past year.What do I think about the stability of the solution?Cisco SD-WAN is a stable network solution.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?This solution is super scalable. Most of our clients are midsize and enterprise-level organizations. These include banks, social security funds, educational institutions, government departments, community groups, and agencies.How are customer service and technical support?I have not contacted Cisco support specifically about SD-WAN, but I have dealt with them on other occasions and they are good. I would rate them a seven out of ten. Overall, I am satisfied with the support.Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?Most of our customer using traditional WAN technologies and we are the one configuring and deploying those solution, now we are on the way of educating them the importance of SD-WAN and finally implenting itHow was the initial setup?The initial setup is somewhat complex, although we are currently learning about this solution. In our country, most of the customers do not know much about this type of technology, and we are the ones who are propagating Cisco SD-WAN. When it comes to the setup, it is not like a traditional, manual configuration.What about the implementation team?Level of expertise is good as mos to cisco engineer are certified in specific areaWhat was our ROI?Not yet calculatedWhat's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?Setup cost is reasonably standard as it gives a complete WAN link utilization with perfomance of QoSWhich other solutions did I evaluate?Yes SD-WAN offered with VMwareWhat other advice do I have?This is a good product and I totally recommend it.I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.Which deployment model are you using for this solution?On-premisesDisclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:partner
Date published: 2020-01-10T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5
from A solid and reliable router that satisfies our needs for access to network gatewayWhat is our primary use case?Our primary use case is for the web gateway and VPN server and for access list control. We basically use the solution as a minimal requirement for the network gateway. We have about 50 users. I work as a network analyst and we're vendors, not a direct partner of Cisco.What is most valuable?The regular net routing is a good feature. It's not just good for routing although like a lot of things it isn't linked to anything else.What needs improvement?On its own the product does what it's expected to do but if you're looking for more features you'd need to move to a dedicated firewall like the ISA firewall. There's something a little inconvenient and old style about it.The solution could have a better web interface to simplify changing configurations or see some statistics. I think the main weakness of the Cisco product is the user interface, I'd like to see things more clearly.For how long have I used the solution?I've been using the solution for five or six years.What do I think about the stability of the solution?The stability of the solution is one of the better features.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?Scalability is somewhat limited, especially from the technical side. It's just a gateway with some routing and we don't use any dynamic routing. There's nothing fancy and the scalability is enough for our needs.How are customer service and technical support?Cisco is always good with technical support, it's easy and the contact is fast when you really need it.How was the initial setup?Initial setup is a little difficult but more or less straightforward. We have an older version which is not as flexible.What about the implementation team?It took us one day to implement and we didn't use any advanced features so it was quite quick. We migrated the set-up from the old device and put it on the new one. They're both on the same platform. We did the implementation ourselves and we have one staff member involved with maintenance. We're currently looking to switch our internet gateway so I'm not sure how long this situation will last. We're looking for a provider so we can outsource the network.What other advice do I have?There's not much advice I can give other than to suggest that people get familiar with using the command line.I would rate this product an eight out of 10 because it has good reliability. We've rarely had any problems with it.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2020-03-19T00:00:00-04:00
Rated 5 out of 5
from Good application-level routing and easy to manage with a single dashboard, but it should include a complete firewallWhat is our primary use case?We are a solution provider and this is one of the products that we implement for our clients.One of our customers has approximately 100 branches that were linked together using Cisco SD-WAN in multiple phases. In the first phase, they started with 40 branches. In the head office, they have two MPLS links and two internet links. In each branch, they have one of each. Before implementing this solution, they could not do both things at the same time.How has it helped my organization?With Cisco, you can optimize and design the solution in the way you want. For example, you can have 1,000 branches with three or four data centers, and if you can reroute the traffic from one branch to the nearest data center in order to inspect the traffic.What is most valuable?The most valuable feature is the application-level routing. One of our clients used this solution to route VOIP and video calls using MPLS.The single dashboard makes the management very easy.What needs improvement?This solution has a built-in firewall that handles URL filtering and functionality, but you have to pay extra for it and some of the customers would rather just use Fortinet or Palo Alto. This solution should include a fully functional firewall at no extra charge. At this time it supports layers three, four, and five, but it needs support for a level seven firewall.What do I think about the stability of the solution?Cisco SD-WAN is stable. There might be minor bugs in a few of the features, but overall, the product is stable and the customers are happy with it.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?This solution is highly scalable. We have heard that you can have 10,000 or 20,000 servers.Our clients are medium-scale customers, as opposed to really large enterprises. They are retail stores, organizations in the hospitality industry, and pharmaceutical companies.Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?We have also worked with Meraki SD-WAN, but the choice of solution depends on the customer's size and requirements. Meraki is for smaller clients. For example, Meraki only supports two landings, whereas Cisco supports more than that.How was the initial setup?The initial setup is not that easy, although there is training that is available for it. It will take time to create templates and the other configuration that needs to be done.it will take between five and ten days to complete the basic, initial setup, which includes changing the IP addresses. After that, you can migrate two or three branches a day if you have the devices.What other advice do I have?My advice for anybody who is researching this solution is to consider the size of the environment. If they have 100 to 150 branches, then they should also look into other solutions such as VeloCloud by VMware.I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.Which deployment model are you using for this solution?Public CloudDisclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:Partner
Date published: 2020-02-07T00:00:00-05:00
Rated 5 out of 5
from A highly reliable solution for our web gateway and VPNWhat is our primary use case?We use this solution for our web gateway, VPN, and access control.How has it helped my organization?It is good enough to provide normal web access but it doesn't offer any add-ons. We plan to move away from this solution and use the cloud-based firewall that is managed by our provider.What is most valuable?The most valuable feature is the network routing.The reliability is high and we have only had to restart it once or twice over the years.What needs improvement?I would like to see a better, web-based interface to make changes to the configuration or to view statistics. The main weakness of Cisco products is the user interface.This solution would be improved with the inclusion of an ISA Firewall.For how long have I used the solution?I have been using this solution for five or six years.What do I think about the stability of the solution?This is a stable solution. it does what it is supposed to do and is working fine.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?I would say that the scalability is pretty limited, although we don't have any issue with it because we only use the basic features. For example, we don't use dynamic routing. We have 50 users.How are customer service and technical support?The Cisco technical support is pretty good. They are easy to contact if you need support and they are pretty fast.How was the initial setup?The initial setup is pretty bit straightforward, although it is a little bit hard because it is done through the command line. The web GUI is an old style and not really flexible.It took us approximately one day to switch from our old solution. We don't use any of the advanced features so it was a simple migration for us.What about the implementation team?Our in-house team implemented this solution.One person is suitable for deployment and maintenance.What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?We pay for the Cisco Customer Care support, which is a couple of hundred dollars. There are no fees in addition to this.What other advice do I have?This solution is only good for basic routing. I cannot map stuff to a network name because it is not linked to anything else. It is a standalone unit.My advice for anybody who is implementing this solution is to familiarize themselves with the command line.To summarize, the reliability is very high but managing it is a little bit inconvenient.I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2020-03-18T00:00:00-04:00