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Top 3 SD-WAN Providers

February 22nd, 2023 | 4 min. read

By Jordan Pioth

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If your organization is experiencing slow load page times on the internet, call breakups or call drops, you may need to improve your network.

SD-WAN can be your answer to better network reliability and security but if you’re not familiar with the top SD-WAN providers, you may not select the most appropriate solution for your organization.

It is important you research the top SD-WAN providers so you purchase the best service for your unique needs.

Additionally, learning about the solutions will help you make a better decision for your organization and avoid any feelings of buyer’s remorse.

Coeo has delivered thousands of SD-WAN solutions to customers and knows how important a reliable and secure network is to an organization.

We want to make sure you have information on the top SD-WAN providers so you can make the best decision to improve your network.

By the end of this article, you will know what SD-WAN is, the top three SD-WAN providers, and which one is the best fit for your organization.

What is SD-WAN?

Software Defined Wide-Area-Network (SD-WAN) is an overlay network that is built on top of underlying network connections. These connections can be connected over fiber, LTE, MPLS, or broadband.

The solution is carrier agnostic meaning it can be leveraged using any number of underlying internet providers regardless of who the providers are.

SD-WAN is applied as a software network of SD-WAN appliances, connected by encrypted tunnels. Data sent over an SD-WAN network is secure due to the encrypted tunnels it travels through.

An SD-WAN solution continuously monitors the availability and performance of each network connection to choose the best connection for your data. This allows for data to be sent over the most reliable network.

Data traffic is then classified based on application, ensuring data is sent over the fastest, most reliable service.

This helps your organization with productivity and efficiency in the workplace by sending out the most important data the fastest.

If you would like to learn more information about SD-WAN, check out the Buyer's Guide:SD-WAN BUYER'S GUIDE

Top 3 SD-WAN providers

Having a reliable and secure network is very important for company productivity and efficiency. However, there are more factors to selecting the most appropriate SD-WAN solution than just a reliable and secure network.

Learning the top providers will allow you to understand the best providers for the solution and allow you to choose which provider is best for your organization.

1. Cisco

Cisco is one of the biggest SD-WAN providers with more than 30,000 SD-WAN customers. They have two different SD-WAN offerings that customers may purchase.

Cisco Meraki

Cisco Meraki is a solution primarily aimed at small to medium-sized enterprises as a solution that is easy to set up, use, maintain, and manage.

High failover is something that Meraki has that benefits its customers. Failover is when an SD-WAN uses a different network to send data because a network connection is downed or compromised.

The high failover offered by Cisco’s Meraki SD-WAN solution ensures network uptime, meaning fewer slow load page times and call breakups and drops.

Additionally, Meraki SD-WAN provides scalability, which means SD-WAN can easily scale with your growing business.

Cisco Viptela

Cisco Viptela targets larger, enterprise customers that need broader capabilities.

Viptela gives enterprise customers a greater ability to automate routine processes such as installing or upgrading software, and the ability to handle larger, more complex networks.

2. Silver Peak

Silver Peak is a leading SD-WAN provider purchased by Aruba Networks, a wireless networking subsidiary of Hewlett Packard Enterprise company.

Silver Peak secures broadband WANs from edge to edge with security features. All data traveling across the Silver Peak encrypted tunnel fabric is secured without any performance degradation.

Silver Peak also imagines SD-WAN as a self-driving WAN in which it offers a WAN that intelligently meets and maintains specific business requirements, such as application performance, automatically.

3. Velo Cloud

Velo Cloud offers its version of SD-WAN under the name VMware. Because the software does not target one specific use case, VMware can be deployed to an organization of any size in nearly any industry.

However, even with the flexibility VMware provides to an organization, it is a solution that does not have a huge focus on network security.

This can be a hurdle if you are looking for an all-in-one solution that improves both network reliability and security.

Which SD-WAN provider is best for your organization?

With so many SD-WAN providers and solutions available in the market today, it can be difficult to figure out which one is best for your organization.

All of the solutions mentioned are great solutions and can benefit your organization. However, some solutions have different use cases and are better fit for specific organizations.

If your organization is struggling with network downtime, Cisco might be the provider that can benefit your company the most.

Of Cisco’s two options, Cisco Viptela is the solution better suited for larger enterprise organizations.

If your organization is flooded with business tasks, you may benefit from Silver Peak’s solution that automates tasks that support your organization’s needs.

Silver Peak is also a good option if your organization is lacking network security.

If network security is not a priority and your organization only wants a solution that is well-rounded in almost every area, Velo Cloud’s VMware might be the solution best for your organization.

Next steps to purchasing SD-WAN

Now you know what SD-WAN is, the three best SD-WAN providers, and which provider is the best fit for your organization.

This will help you make a better decision on your SD-WAN solution and give you a better idea as to which provider your company should choose.

If you have a poor-performing network or a network that is not secure, it can be difficult for your employees to work productively.

SD-WAN may be your answer to better network security and reliability and learning about the top providers will help you find a quality solution best fit for your organization.

Coeo has delivered thousands of SD-WAN solutions to customers and knows how important it is to have a reliable and secure network.

We want to give you information on the top SD-WAN providers so you can choose the provider that is best for your business.

If you would like to speak with our team to talk about SD-WAN providers or ask any questions you may have you can schedule an appointment. TALK TO AN EXPERT

Now that you know the top SD-WAN providers, read this article to determine if Coeo's SD-WAN solution is a good fit for your organization:

Jordan Pioth

When he's not creating content for Coeo, Jordan loves to watch sports, hang out with friends and family, and anything sneaker-related.