Cisco IOS Security Review

Reliable hardware, highly stable, and global technical support


What is most valuable?

One of the main features is that the hardware is extremely reliable.

What needs improvement?

I think they should bring back remote VPN for users. However, I understand the attempt is to have these functions inside the firewalls and not the routers or the IOS devices.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of the solution is great. I feel very confident working with them because I have a customer that has a router running for almost 10 years and in other cases more than 10 years.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support has been impressive. I know there are no other brands that have the same good service.

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

I have been working with Palo Alto Networks and Fortinet in the past but they do not have technical assistance centers around the globe as this solution does. However, Palo Alto solutions are more intuitive, the graphic user interface is better, and has higher performance. Cisco is catching up and closing the gap with new releases.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Palo Alto networks are more expensive than this solution and this is why you will see more products like this one in Mexico.

I have been working with the next-generation firewalls by Palo Alto and the license tends to be better. For example, Palo Alto Wildfire, the licensing is more dynamic than Cisco products.

What other advice do I have?

I rate Cisco IOS Security an eight out of ten.

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