Cisco Defense Orchestrator Initial Setup

Dave Klunk
Network Security Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
I didn't actually deal with the server-build, but that seemed to go fine. We didn't hear any issues from the server team on that. The Secure Device Connector which is liaising with the web, we haven't had any issues with it. It was pretty straightforward. We did have a little bit of help when we first bought it. They had a couple of WebEx's to show us how to do some basic stuff. It seemed to progress, so we learned, researched, and have asked questions about it. I don't remember how long the deployment took but it didn't stick in my mind as being overly cumbersome or painful, so it couldn't have been that bad. Otherwise, I'd probably remember it. From my group, one person was involved in the deployment. She was handling it at the time. She worked with our server team to build the virtual server for the Secure Device Connector. There were probably one or two people on that team, at the most. For maintenance, it's just me who gets into it and uses it. We don't really have anybody else on our team that does VPN/firewall. That's my luck of the draw. View full review »
Systems Architect at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
The initial setup was very easy. We had to build one virtual machine on our infrastructure and then the process of adding firewalls to the system was very straightforward. It took almost no time to get going. The whole VM part took less than an hour and the adding of firewalls took about five minutes each. We started seeing value as soon as we tested it, even before we purchased it and started using it for production work. The value was obvious from the beginning of getting to know the product. View full review »
Richard Barton
Network and Data Centre Platform Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The initial setup was very straightforward. To get the system up and running, including installing the connector, took us about half a day. Getting all the firewalls onboarded and into the system was done over a period of two or three weeks, but that was very quick. We were onboarding firewalls within five minutes. We had a roll-out plan within the project to roll out so many firewalls per week. We had set up that staged rollout prior to deploying. To be honest, we could've onboarded them all in one day. The only reason we did it that way was to limit the amount of change. Within a couple of months, we started to see improvements in change management and configuration management in the ASA. View full review »
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Hamed Khakipour
Sr. Network Engineer at Vocera
The way we have it, we have a server here and that server talks to the cloud. I got help from the Cisco product manager and he set it up for me. It was easy. Since then, I really haven't done anything. I may have upgraded once, but then again they were involved because I really don't have access to it. It's just a server that gets the information and then talks to the cloud. The initial setup took less than an hour. Then I added a couple of ASAs and the rest of them. The product manager walked me through what I could do with it. It was all WebEx-based and not much effort. If there's a new application or a new device out, Cisco contacts me and helps me to set it up and then walks me through, to show me the features, etc. View full review »
Jairo Mendes
Network and Security Specialist at Connected Technology, LLC
The initial setup was really straightforward. If the person setting this up has knowledge of firewalls and switches, it's pretty simple. It took about two hours for us to deploy. It depends on the company. It could be a company has only five ASAs, and that could take 20 minutes to one hour. All companies are different, so it depends on how many ASAs they have. In terms of an implementation strategy, we used SSH first and then did the connections. Deployment of the whole system can be done by one person. And similarly, it takes one person to maintain it. View full review »
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
I had a problem. I couldn't deploy the Secure Device Connector. I tried to deploy it in a VMware environment and I had some issues. I needed help from Cisco tech. I also had an issue deploying the on-prem virtual appliance. I had a Cisco guy helping me and he solved it for me. If I didn't have those issues, it would have taken one hour, but because of the issue it took me three days. It took three days because I had to wait for a technician to become available. When the technician was available, we solved it in two to three hours. That was okay. But I have tried many of Cisco's products and, normally, it's pretty straightforward to deploy their products or services. Once it was up and running, I could see value from it straight away, in the first minute. I saw that I could push policies from the cloud. I could push certificates, I could push upgrades. I could push a command line. I could do anything. The value was not hard to see. View full review »
Network Engineer at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
The initial setup was straightforward. We spun up the VM onsite. We generated the key that it needed to talk to the Cloud Orchestrator. After that, as I started adding devices, it was relatively quick and easy. Provided that you can get the VM spun up without politics involved, it takes a couple hours to a day to set up. View full review »
Mohamed Nabih
I.T. Manager at Egypt Foods group
The product was easy to implement. We are using the Cisco Defense Orchestrator on-prem solution. It only took about two weeks to have it on board. I'm not the one in charge of security as we have a team for security. The team is happy with the solution and doing well with it. View full review »
Isiac Sullivan
Network Administrator at Texas Hydraulics
The initial setup was pretty straightforward. I had one of the guys from Cisco show me how to onboard one device, and I was able to get the others onboard within about five minutes. There wasn't really an implementation strategy. He just showed me how to do one device at a time. View full review »
Hasnae Lamrani Alaoui
Presales Engineer at DataProtect
The initial setup of this solution is of medium difficulty. The deployment took one day, although for a larger infrastructure I think it will take more than one day. One person is suitable for deployment. In terms of maintenance, two people including the administrator are sufficient. View full review »
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