Software-Defined Wide Area Network
SD-WAN 2018 Comparative Report: Performance

SD-WAN 2018 Comparative Report: Performance

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AUTHOR: 
Thomas Skybakmoen

TECHNOLOGY DESCRIPTION:
The marriage of software-defined networking (SDN) benefits to WAN technology yields the software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN), which allows consumer-grade links (or links without assured performance) to be leveraged for business-class services. Through the use of common VPN capabilities and the separation of data and control planes within SDN, software-managed connections can be established and managed between multiple sites over any number of link types (e.g., fixed circuit, DSL, cable, mobile, MPLS, and so on) without the operational challenges of having to manage different links. SD-WANs easily establish links, manage traffic over links according to application or service requirements (e.g., VoIP vs. Facebook), and enforce policy control capabilities (e.g., limit web-based traffic to 50% of a given link), and they are simple to manage. SD-WAN options are part router, part WAN optimization, and part firewall. In addition, some SD-WAN offerings provide robust security, which makes for a compelling alternative to the multiple-appliance approach that is often required at remote locations.

REPORT FOCUS:

Implementation of an SD-WAN can be a complex process, with multiple factors affecting the overall performance of the device. This Comparative Report provides data on factors affecting an SD-WAN’s ability to perform, including:

  • WAN impairment and link failover
  • Dynamic path selection with SLA measurements
  • Path conditioning and application-aware steering
  • Link saturation and congestion
  • Application-aware traffic steering
  • Raw packet processing performance (UDP throughput)
  • Maximum capacity
  • HTTP capacity
  • HTTP capacity with HTTP persistent connections
  • Single application flows

 

PRODUCTS EVALUATED:
The following products were evaluated:
•    Barracuda Networks NextGen Firewall F-Series F80 v7.1.1
•    Citrix Systems NetScaler SD-WAN v10.0.0.207
•    Cradlepoint AER2200-600M v6.5.0
•    FatPipe Networks MPVPN/SD-WAN v9.1.2
•    Forcepoint NGFW 1101 vSMC 6.3.6, engine 6.3.6.19302
•    Fortinet FortiGate 61E v6.0.1 GA Build 5068
•    Talari Networks Adaptive Private Networking (APN) Software APN 7.1
•    Versa Networks FlexVNF v120
•    VMware NSX SD-WAN by VeloCloud Edge

To learn how vendors performed, download a copy of each Test Report. NSS clients can also download the SD-WAN Comparative Reports on Value Matrix and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

As with all NSS Labs group tests, there was no fee for participation. In addition, the test methodology applied is in the public domain to provide transparency and to help enterprises understand the results

As with all NSS Labs group tests, there was no fee for participation. All testing was conducted independently and was not paid for by any vendor.