Cisco IOS Security Competitors and Alternatives

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Bob-Thomas
Virtual CIO/ CISO at Kyber Security
Real User
Jul 9, 2020
Easy to implement, fairly stable, and supports SSL-DPI

Pros and Cons

    • "From a support perspective, if we're talking tech support I think Silver Partners, Gold Partners, Platinum, whatever level, should have a different number to call. End users can call tech support over at SonicWall if they've paid for support as part of their AGSS or whatever services they bought. The end-user can call, or we can call, however, I don't want to be calling the same line that an end user's calling. I don't want the same response time. I need a different level of expertise."

    What other advice do I have?

    We're a Silver Partner. I'm not an engineer. I was a field engineer for nine years a long, long time ago. However, I'm not typically the one that gets my fingers into stuff, and it would be my engineering and senior engineering staff that do that. That said, I can say that I don't think any of our guys have touched the virtual platform yet. We use TZ and traditional NSA tech every day. That's our bread and butter. The current version we're using right now is the 600 series, although we do still have some 350 series. 90% of what we use are Gen 6. They're either TZ 300, 400, 500, 600 or NSA…
    Maaz Khan
    Network Security & Virtualization at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
    Real User
    Top 5
    Mar 14, 2020
    IPS system is the strongest you can get and it has good decryption

    What is our primary use case?

    The primary use for this solution depends on the preference of a customer and to some extent their existing environment. We have to establish things like: * what are the business requirements * how we can utilize what is existing or if the client needs to upgrade equipment * what kind of servers do we put in * what kind of servers does he have on cloud * what kind of servers do we have on-premises So it all depends on the customer's requirements. If a query comes up with a client, I am happy to answer that and provide a resolution but the situation needs to consider specific needs.

    Pros and Cons

    • "The IPS system is the best in the field."
    • "Higher levels of support are excellent but new users may need additional options."

    What other advice do I have?

    On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would give Palo Alto a rating of nine-out-of-ten. I would not give the product a ten and it is not really because there are additional features can be included to make it a perfect ten. Nobody is perfect. Based on smaller support issues is not really something I can rate a product on. Based on their performance in being a leader of these technologies and the leaders and the inventors of next-generation firewalls — based on that, I am giving them a nine. They have better processing which Palo Alto is the only one doing…
    Oscar Bashford
    Network Operations Support at EOS IT Management Solutions Ltd
    MSP
    Top 20
    Aug 5, 2020
    Fast with good usability and fairly scalable

    What is our primary use case?

    I primarily use the solution for experimentation. I just wanted to create a site to site VPN. I was hoping that you can make the SRX like a hub, so if I had a site here and then I had a new site, I could just create another VPN from that new site to the virtual X in the cloud. I don't know if it works like that. I'm skeptical if it can. Maybe there is a roundabout with the actual Azure AWS, however, I'm not so sure about that part. That's why I'm learning about Azure, and how that works in connecting to the cloud.

    Pros and Cons

    • "I'm told the solution is the fastest, and, so far, I do find that to be the case."
    • "It could use more tutorials."

    What other advice do I have?

    Our organization is partners with Juniper. We have a business relationship with them. At work I see it a lot, however, a lot of tasks are automated at work. It's not like you have hands-on from scratch experience. In my position, I'm doing more support or some automation to build the VRX or the virtuals needed for lab equipment. At home and in the labs I am able to learn from scratch, and I'm trying to connect VPNs, etc. I am hoping to get into the cloud in the future. The version of the solution we use should be the latest. I downloaded it a couple of months ago. It should be the latest, due…
    Georges Samaha
    Security Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
    Reseller
    Top 5Leaderboard
    Jul 28, 2020
    Good application detection, strong antivirus capabilities and built-in machine learning

    What is our primary use case?

    We primarily use the solution as a firewall.

    Pros and Cons

    • "From my experience, comparing it to other products, the granularity you can have in the application is very good. The application detection is excellent. It's certainly one of the best."
    • "The solution would benefit from having a dashboard."

    What other advice do I have?

    In general, I prefer hardware, and Palo Alto's is quite good. However, we have a couple of virtual deployments for cases as well. I would definitely recommend the solution. It's one of the best firewalls on the market. I've worked with four different vendors in the past, and some of the most mature NG firewalls are Palo Alto's. It's their main business, so they are able to really focus on the tech. They spend a lot of time on R&D. They're always leading the way with new technologies. While Cisco has more main products, Palo Alto really does focus in on NG firewalls. That's why I always see…
    Eric Xiao
    Director at Treasure Technology
    Reseller
    Jun 17, 2020
    Excellent UI, very good features and very scalable

    What is our primary use case?

    We primarily use the solution simply for its firewall functionality. It's the main reason we use it.

    Pros and Cons

    • "While the stability maybe isn't quite to the level of Cisco, it is a very cost-effective solution. It's cheap compared to Cisco."
    • "The stability could be improved. I find Cisco to be more stable than Fortigate, which is I major differentiator between the two."

    What other advice do I have?

    We're resellers of both Cisco and Fortigate solutions. I'd advise other companies or users to give a try. The Virtual Appliance is very easy to set up. In terms of scalability, it's easy enough to expand out, especially if you compare it to the hardware. For the virtual solution, it's easily upgraded. For the physical, you need to do a POC. It really depends on what kind of distributor a company is working with. Some provide you all the resources. Others don't. I'm not sure how it works with the Cisco Virtual Appliance. For Cisco, I only know about the cloud. Normally, I provide my customer…
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