Cisco Firepower NGFW Review

Enables securing of various network segments based on use, but there are integration issues


What is our primary use case?

We use it as a firewall and it has performed adequately.

How has it helped my organization?

It allows the securing of various network segments, based on use.

What is most valuable?

DMZ segmentation, and IDS and IPS.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is fairly stable. However, Cisco suffers from some integration issues with other products, but this product, as a standalone, is fine. There is a problem with the Cisco Catalyst Switches in terms of assembling bursts and having them interact properly with the Cisco Firepower.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is good.

How are customer service and technical support?

Tech support has been good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We've been using Cisco. Prior to this it was Cisco ASA. This was the next evolution.

When selecting a vendor it is important that they have positive industry feedback, that they are a visionary leader.

How was the initial setup?

I was involved in the initial set up and it was complex.

What other advice do I have?

I give this solution a seven out of 10. Some of the tools are still a little bit difficult to use.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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