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

SD-WAN 2018 Comparative Report: Value Matrix

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Thomas Skybakmoen

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.


Empirical data from individual Test Reports and Comparative Reports is used to create NSS Labs’ unique Value Matrix. The Value Matrix illustrates the relative value of security investments by mapping the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) per Mbps and the Quality of Experience (QoE) of tested product configurations.

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
•    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 Performance 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.