Cisco IOS Security Review

Scalability suits all enterprise needs, but it could use a better interface

What is most valuable?

The VPN is the most valuable feature. 

What needs improvement?

With Cisco IOS, especially the routers, don't have like long-term tendency features, or high availability features available for the IOS. Also, it could use a better user interface.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for 8 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is extremely stable. It's one of the best. It's a stable solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

In terms of scalability, it definitely suits all enterprise needs. The product is all we need for today's enterprise, for the client. For me, in terms of scalability, Cisco has the full package.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is very good.

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

I have used FortiGate and Palo Alto.

How was the initial setup?

In terms of initial setup, it depends on the one doing it, but I never had any difficulties or struggled to integrate. For me, Cisco is always easy to set up. It's straightforward. Deployment is pretty fast, but sometimes it takes time to implement and to put into production. Deploying, confirmation, and then setting up the devices is straightforward. The most important part is migrating to production. This is sometimes the most important. Again, that depends on the criticality of the environment. It can be done in hours or sometimes weeks. 

Under my supervision, for at least a hundred parts, one other person and I are needed for deployment. That's it. Two people.

What about the implementation team?

I implemented the solution myself. I am an integrator.

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

The pricing is very expensive. Normally I do a yearly contract; I don't know the exact pricing, but it's around $75,000 USD per year. That's the standard licensing.

What other advice do I have?

Cisco is one of the greatest. The Cisco stack is the best. If you don't know it, don't go for the solution because it gets very complex. If you are new to the security, don't go for Cisco. But if you are experienced and you know how to do it, it's one of the greatest solutions.

I would rate this solution 7 out of 10. The solution is always stable, but there are many security features that Cisco is behind on today. 

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