Doing an initial look into the cost of deploying a Cisco iWAN to see how it stacks up against Viptela or another SDWAN provider. Does anyone know what components or licensing is required for this? I’m lost. I see it requires a Cisco APIC-EM to be setup, but then how does the licensing for this work?
Interesting the breadth of vendors discussion – Cisco iWAN, Meraki, Viptela, Cloudgenix, Talari, APIC-EM, Glueware etc.
Comments like the following:
“Anything but iwan unless you prefer a complicated mess of technologies that pre date the tube television.”
“APIC-EM is a hot mess. I would not recommend using it at this time for anything more than seeing what a mess it is. I recommend you look at something like Glue Networks Gluware for your orchestration tool over APIC-EM. In the WAAS space we picked Riverbed over Cisco WAAS because it would have required replacing our current routers with a new model in the middle of our lifecycle management. In our case, Viptela and Cisco were about the same cost, with maybe a slight advantage to Cisco”
“The are several drawbacks to Viptela. They tout it as a router replacement, but it’s definitely not. It can only do rudimentary NAT, not even a basic port forward without a lot of trickery. It has no concept of a native VLAN. Poor documentation. It’s expensive. At a per endpoint level, Viptela was almost $1k higher than a similar Cisco solution. Their hub-end routers were less expensive though. and they also have a pretty slick CLI template based orchestrator.”
Cisco iWAN costs : networking: “https://www.reddit.com/r/networking/comments/5jhzx0/cisco_iwan_costs/”