Cisco Firepower NGFW Other Solutions Considered

JoshuaThums
Network Administration Lead at Forest County Potawatomi Community
There have been evaluations of other products over the years. We do layer some of them to filter things through multiple product vendors, so if there ever is a vulnerability with Cisco, hopefully one of these other ones would catch it, or vice-versa. But we have never evaluated others with a view to potentially replacing Cisco in our network. That's because of Cisco's being the largest network company in the world. When you have Cisco, it's hard to go away from them for any reason. When it comes with the firewall side, one of the major differences does have to do with Talos. I've been involved in networks where Palo Altos have been broken and owned by hackers. I've been brought in to work on networks that way. The solution in those cases has been to replace with Cisco, to get control of what's going on. A lot of that has to do with Talos and their frequency of updates and how well they do with all of the security items. That's probably one of the main reasons that we don't ever look at a replacement for Cisco. We'll use other products in conjunction with it, but never to replace it. View full review »
Dave Cooper
Network Engineer at CoVantage Credit Union
We haven't evaluated any other options. The only thing that may ever force us in that direction would be cost. Only if the cost of the solution got so large would we have to look at something comparable. View full review »
Al Faruq Ibna Nazim
Head of Technology at Computer Services Ltd.
This fall, we evaluated firewall equipment from Juniper Networks. This is a limitation for Cisco, as their pricing is too high. The fact is when I need to install and manage an enterprise network, Cisco has the capability of having support for the IC Treadway standards. Furthermore, I can actually manage my entire enterprise network in one dashboard. If I bring in tech from the outside, like Palo Alto Networks equipment, that won't be able to integrate with my regular Cisco environment. With Cisco devices, it was easier for me to grab the assets required on the network for installation. With other solutions providers, good luck managing that with any ease. View full review »
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Girish Vyas
Architect - Cloud Serviced at NTT Global Networks
We gave them Palo Alto as an alternative option. I think they were more into Cisco. They did not evaluate the Palo Alto though, they just opted for Cisco. View full review »
Nathan Chadwick
Technology Associate at a financial services firm with 1-10 employees
We are currently looking at WatchGuard, pfSense, and Fortinet FortiGate. Netgate would provide the hardware. We have still got nine months left on our contract with AT&T before we can actually do anything. We are just trying to do as much research and ask as many questions as we can before we get to that point. View full review »
Ali Abdo
Technical Manager at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
We also evaluated Fortinet and Juniper. View full review »
Iz
Assistant Manager (Infrastructure) at SISTIC
Check Point, FortiGate, Palo Alto, SonicWall, Huawei, and Sophos. View full review »
Presales489d
Presales Engineer
Check Point and Fortigate. Generally, our customers choose Firepower because they've seen the system work somewhere before, and they see it is stable and working perfectly. Those are the reasons they opt for Firepower. View full review »
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