Meraki or Viptela: Which Cisco SD-WAN solution is right for you?

7 Dec 2018

Cisco is proud to offer two of the world’s most well-established and widely deployed enterprise-grade Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) solutions: Meraki® MX and Viptela. Explore the unique features of each SD-WAN architecture and discover which solution is right for you.

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Meraki or Viptela: Which Cisco SD-WAN solution is right for you?

Begin your migration to next-generation networking by using the comparison below to determine which Cisco® SD-WAN solution best suits your business and IT needs.

  1. Which best describes your organization’s IT resources?
    • Small IT staff with limited experience managing a secure WAN environment
    • Large IT staff well-versed in managing enterprise-level networking architecture
  2. Which cloud infrastructure does your organization currently use?
    • Public cloud (AWS® or Azure®)
    • Private cloud or on-premise infrastructure
  3. What type of networking connections are required?
    • Basic support for Ethernet and LTE connections
    • Ethernet and LTE connections and/or T1 and DSL lines
  4. Which networking features are most important?
    • Basic SD-WAN and security capabilities all in one
    • Support for complex WAN topologies with a high degree of customization
    • Easy full-stack branch management through a simple user interface
    • End-to-end secure segmentation and automated path control
    • Integrated threat management capabilities
    • Support for integrating multiple Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) workloads
  5. Which cost factors are most important?
    • Lower cost/Mbps for enterprise or advanced licensing
    • Higher cost/Mbps with advanced routing, service chaining & cloud security
  6. Which Cisco technologies are currently deployed?
    • Cisco Meraki solutions
    • Integrated Service Router (ISR) 4K or vEdge

Meraki SD-WAN (Meraki MX) or Cisco SD-WAN (Viptela)

Meraki includes:

  • Basic SD-WAN and security capabilities all in one
  • Easy-to-manage, full-stack branch network through a simple user interface
  • Transport independence across multiple connection types
  • Enterprise or advanced licensing at lower cost/Mbps
  • Convenient deployment for existing Meraki customers
  • Simple to manage, even for lean or inexperienced IT staff

Viptela includes:

  • Support for complex WAN topologies, with a high degree of customization
  • Flexible, end-to-end secure segmentation, including extension into Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
  • Support for integrating multiple Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) workloads
  • Private cloud, public cloud and on-premise management capabilities
  • Support for T1 and DSL lines
  • Cisco DNA Advantage with advanced routing, service chaining & cloud security at higher cost/Mbps
  • Automated path optimization across internet and VPN overlay paths
  • Ideal for existing Integrated Service Router (ISR) 4K or vEdge users

Both solutions include:

  • Simple orchestration and automation for deploying integrated branch security
  • Full network visibility from a single management platform
  • Zero-touch deployment with support for template configurations
  • Public cloud management with virtual platform for AWS and Azure
  • Support for Ethernet and LTE connections, with embedded LTE as backup
  • Highly scalable (10,000+ sites)

Sources:
Cisco. (2018). Cisco SD-WAN Positioning the Right Solution for Success. Cisco.com.