If you\u2019ve researched purchasing an SD-WAN solution from an ISP, there\u2019s a good chance it\u2019s not your ISP who is providing the actual SD-WAN service. [say what?!]\nWay back in 2016\u2026 the demand for SD-WAN emerged so furiously, ISP\u2019s have had to make a quick decision: 1) roll-out a solution immediately; or 2) get tabbed as an old rickety out-of-date ISP. Consequently, rather than building their own solution (a lengthy process), most ISP\u2019s have decided to take the easy route and white label someone else\u2019s vetted product.\nMany of these ISP\u2019s have chosen VeloCloud to be the SD-WAN solution under the hood.\nOver 50 service providers, globally, are using VeloCloud-powered SD-WAN solutions, including names like AT&T, Bullseye, CetraCom, IPitimi, MegaPath, MetTel, TPx, Vonage Business, Windstream and Yiptel.\nSo, this means all these ISP\u2019s using VeloCloud have the same exact SD-WAN solution, right?\nNot really. [head scratch]\nWithout getting too far into the weeds, here is the overview of what\u2019s the same and what might be different, looking at 2 VeloCloud-powered SD-WAN solutions with 2 different ISP\u2019s.\nWhat\u2019s the same?\n\nVeloCloud Points of Presence (POP\u2019s): Your company\u2019s onsite VeloCloud SD-WAN appliance uses the Internet to connect to the nearest VeloCloud POP, (i.e. the cloud gateway where all the SD-WAN \u201cmagic\u201d happens). The closer the POP is to your company\u2019s site, the better performance you\u2019ll receive. Currently, VeloCloud has 17 geographically distributed POP\u2019s, and 7 international POP\u2019s. All VeloCloud-powered solutions will have access to these same POP\u2019s.\nCore Features: Regardless of which ISP is white labeling it, a VeloCloud SD-WAN solution will always have the core features which form the foundation of \u201chow it works,\u201d such as: Dynamic MultiPath Optimization, Link Steering and Remediation, Smart QoS, Application Performance Monitoring, Zero-Touch Deployment, and many more.\n\nWhat might be different?\n\nMore POP\u2019s: One way a large ISP can differentiate their VeloCloud SD-WAN solution is by taking advantage of their network footprint and deploying additional, geographically dispersed private VeloCloud gateways. Adding more POP\u2019s gives their solution a larger geographic reach than the standard VeloCloud solution.\nAdding an MPLS Backbone Component: Large ISP\u2019s with a large MPLS backbone network can add VeloCloud gateways within their existing MPLS network, allowing their customers\u2019 SD-WAN traffic to travel across a private network rather than the public Internet. This creates a hybrid SD-WAN\/MPLS solution, which reduces latency, packet loss and jitter for all applications.\nOptimized Applications: Once your site connects to the VeloCloud cloud gateway, some ISP\u2019s can give you an optimized connection to cloud apps, such as AWS, HP, Rackspace, and more. Each ISP will vary greatly in terms of the apps they can optimize.\nGUI: When you login to the control panel and experience the graphical user interface, many VeloCloud-powered SD-WAN solutions will have a different appearance with variances in API-powered features. So, make sure you have them demo the control panel, no matter how many other VeloCloud demo\u2019s you\u2019ve seen! [ugh]\n\nAre some ISP\u2019s VeloCloud-powered SD-WAN solutions the same? Yes, but you\u2019ll never know until you take a deep dive. Your ISP isn\u2019t going to know (or tell you), how their deployment might be the same\u2026 or inferior. You just have to see for yourself.\nQuestions on SD-WAN, pricing, or the best solutions on the market? Email me! I talk shop all day and am happy to help.