Cisco Firepower NGFW Competitors and Alternatives

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Reseller
User at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
Dec 18 2019

What is most valuable?

The product stability and level of security are second to none in the industry. We value the security of our client's infrastructure so these features are valuable to us. An example of a very valuable feature behind Palo Alto is the… more»

What needs improvement?

Palo Alto needs to adjust their pricing a little bit. If Palo Alto could work on their pricing to make it more cost-effective and bring it in line with their high-end competition, that could be extremely disruptive to the industry. They… more»

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

Palo Alto is a little expensive compared to every other solution, but you get what you pay for. The question I have been asking customers since I became a solutions architect is what the best in security is worth. The problem with people… more»

What other advice do I have?

Palo Alto is my number one choice for firewalls. I support and utilize more Palo Alto firewalls throughout my company and with my customers than any other device. Number two would be Fortinet. I don't really like Fortinet that that much… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

As a solutions architect group, we are what you would call "vendor-agnostic." We evaluate any solution that seems like it may be viable to provide clients with some advantages. I will never go to a customer and say that these are the only… more»
Real User
User at a government
Sep 11 2019

What is most valuable?

As per the solution's blade design, there are many options. For example, you have to buy a UTM blade and an advanced malware blade, etc. If the blade license is there, we can configure from the firewall GUI. The net policy and routing are… more»

What needs improvement?

If you compare the GUI with the Palo Alto and Cisco, they're very easy. Check Point, due to its design, is a little bit complex. They should make the GUI easy to use so that anyone can understand it, like Fortinet's GUI. Many companies end… more»

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

Compared to Cisco Firepower Threat Defense, the solution is cheap. However, not as cheap as Fortinet or Palo Alto. If clients have smaller budgets, we would have to advise one of those instead.

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

I am currently also working on Cisco ASA, Fortinet, and Palo Alto.

What other advice do I have?

There are two deployment model modes in Check Point. One is a gateway level and one is a no gateway all-in-one box solution. With the gateway level, only hardware will be there, all operating systems are stored in a VMware and if there are… more»
LanreFabiyi
Real User
User at innovectives
Aug 22 2019

What is most valuable?

You can apply patterns to look for. That can be done for applications also. You can ask for a specific feature to become a pattern. If you were using Office 360 and had 2 ISPs, automatically using SD-WAN will allow you to switch over to the other link based on the criteria you can set yourself. You… more»

What needs improvement?

The solution is good, but they have poor marketing in Nigeria. They need to market their product better. They need to work on their support. Cisco has the best technical support. In comparison, Fortinet's support takes too long. If you are paying for SLAs, you should also get value from your SLAs… more»

What other advice do I have?

We are using the on-premises deployment model. We are an integrator, so we do integrations using Fortinet, Cisco, Sophos, and Palo Alto. If you're an SMB or a small enterprise, I would recommend Fortinet. I would advise users to make sure they are getting value for what they are paying for. I can… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We integrate solutions on the client's request. Most times I push on Fortinet, as it's a robust system. You can integrate your endpoint with Fortinet. You can integrate the cloud on-premises. Because the solution is so robust and offers excellent the features we tend to enjoy using FortiOS. Cisco is… more»
Techofficechief67
Real User
User at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Aug 16 2019

What is most valuable?

The performance and licensing model are the best features of the solution. They have a system which can collect all of the performance data, and they show it on a very nice dashboard. On top of that, It has an open API. It's well… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The solution has improved our organization by being flexible and offering excellent features. This is the highest model. It includes all the features of ADC, which is load balancing, and it includes a web application firewall, application… more»

What needs improvement?

It would be good to have some deeper security measures implemented. The solution should go even deeper on the firewall level.

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

The pricing varies. There is always the license for the device or for the virtual machine, and then there is the support which can be yearly, or every two, three, four, or five years. When you count all the features that you are getting… more»

What other advice do I have?

We use the on-premises deployment model. Some companies have longterm relationships with some other vendors. The thing is, they don't often know A10 networks. It's more difficult to sell this solution, because of the experience and… more»
Mohsinoddi Mohammed
Consultant
User at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 19 2020

What is most valuable?

FortiGate Secure SD-WAN includes best-of-breed next-generation firewall (NGFW) security, SD-WAN, advanced routing, and WAN optimization capabilities, delivering a security-driven networking WAN edge… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have implemented secure SD-WAN using FortiGate firewalls in 15 locations and it is working extremely well. Since implementing, the total cost of ownership (TCO) has been lowered and the day-to-day… more»

What needs improvement?

We are managing FortiGate using a FortiManager and it needs improvement with respect to the ease of administration tasks. There is a lot of improvement needed with SSL-VPN. Technical support could be… more»

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

We did not use another solution prior to this one.

What other advice do I have?

There is always a need for improvement with any vendor.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did evaluate other products, including solutions by Cisco.
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