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The centralized management is the most important feature. We can monitor what is going on at every location in our network with just one center.The most valuable feature is the application-level routing.The most useful feature for our organization is the combination of on-prem and cloud-based deployments. We connect securely to our hybrid cloud using transit VPCs and cloud on-ramp for fast deployments.The regular net routing is a good feature.The reliability is high and we have only had to restart it once or twice over the years.The product's brand recognition is one of the most valuable aspects of the solution.It's very easy to manage and monitor the network's health and security using the solution.There is minimum blind space in this solution.

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The feature that we like the most about Forcepoint is that we know the technology and have confidence in it. We can have several functionalities to simplify operations and management. We can combine functionalities like log ownership to review the number of devices in the infrastructure.I don't have anything bad to say about the product. I absolutely love it.The blocking, based on the signal provided, is the solution's most valuable aspect.The most valuable feature is the console management.Forcepoint is a complete package because it has network and systems applications. Other firewalls are only for the network.The most valuable feature is SD-WAN.The most valuable feature of this solution is the support.The support is great. They also have very good categorization. It's very good. It captures a lot of threats.

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I would like them to add some more SD-WAN ports. We have seen one implementation where there were four ISPs. Currently, we have a maximum of two ports for ISP in this device. Therefore, we cannot connect directly, and we need other switches. There should be some option to have more than two ports for SD-WAN.This solution should include a fully functional firewall at no extra charge.The inexpensive Viptela hardware may be replaced with overpriced Cisco routers. This would be a tragic mistake for Cisco as the lightweight commodity platform built by Viptela is the reason to own this solution.The solution could have a better web interface to simplify changing configurations.I would like to see a better, web-based interface to make changes to the configuration or to view statistics.The initial setup could be a bit less complex.Since most user-data is going through the solution, we are concerned about security, as all the information is in the cloud and not on-premises. The user data authentification should be higher to better prevent malicious attacks.The main issue is that not in the technology, but it comes back comparison. When we do a comparison with other SD WAN solutions, they are priced better.

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Its interface is complex when compared with a firewall like FortiGate. Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall needs a management console, whereas FortiGate doesn't need any console. When you have a few devices, a console is not really necessary. It's good to have a private console only when you have a lot of devices.Something that I've noticed that Forcepoint lacks, is the training that they offer to their end-customersThe solution needs to build upon its network functionality. It needs to be a bit smarter.If I want to allow access to Facebook, yet not allow the user to access videos, then I am not able to do it with this product.They should have a local vendor who can provide support. Most of the support is overseas, so the time zones can be a problem.Forcepoint would be improved if there were more training available.Making this solution easier to use would be an improvement.The solution's support could use improvement.

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80 percent reduction in WAN costs. There are no MPLS or P2P circuits left in the organization.We pay for the Cisco Customer Care support, which is a couple of hundred dollars.

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The training that they offer to their end-customers. It's quite expensive, I believe it costs roughly $11,000It is expensive.Forcepoint is very expensive but it's really secure.We would love to take other solution from Forcepoint, but unfortunately the price is too high. That's why we are not considering using Forcepoing for our proxy and DLB. They have a very good DLB, but the matter in the end is the cost.I believe the licensing fee is for one year, three years, and five years, or something like that. If you wants to increase the support level from a simpler level to platinum, I think that there's a cost. There are differences between every kind of support, but I don't know the numbers.The big advantage of this solution is that we can select the right model for our requirements, which is not too expensive.

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: VeloCloud offers a hybrid deployment model i.e. you can have MPLS and SD WAN running simultaneously while Cisco only supports single deployment scenario.
Top Answer: Cisco SD-WAN has a true software defined architecture separating out the Control, Data and Management/Orchestration layers. It has the best in breed hardware, routing capabilities, integrated Security… more »
Top Answer:  Cisco is a traditional networking play and has successfully transformed from pure hardware to now software defined products. Many network engineers already use the product and makes a lot of… more »
Top Answer: The most valuable feature is the console management.
Top Answer: We paid for a subscription license, vendor support, and the training.
Top Answer: The interface is not user-friendly. We were told that we would receive training but it came late and we had already started to deal with the product, which ultimately caused problems because we did it… more »
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Also Known As
Viptela, Cisco vEdge Cloud RouterForcepoint NGFW, Stonesoft Next Generation Firewall, McAfee Network Security Platform, Intel Security Network Security Platform

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Forcepoint Stonesoft Next Generation Firewall protects enterprise networks with high-performance "intelligence aware" security supported by real-time updates. This enables Stonesoft to deliver the industry's best defense against advanced evasions, alone with complete next-generation firewall protection when and where you need it - at remote sites, branch offices, data centers, and the network edge.
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Top Industries
Comms Service Provider36%
Computer Software Company28%
Construction Company5%
Comms Service Provider29%
Computer Software Company29%
Energy/Utilities Company14%
Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider18%
Transportation Company11%
Media Company11%
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Cisco SD-WAN is ranked 2nd in SD-WAN with 13 reviews while Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall is ranked 4th in SD-WAN with 13 reviews. Cisco SD-WAN is rated 7.6, while Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Cisco SD-WAN writes "Segmentation is great but router and voice gateway are not currently available". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall writes "Good console management, but the interface is not user-friendly and application filtering needs finer granularity". Cisco SD-WAN is most compared with VeloCloud, Meraki SD-WAN, Versa FlexVNF, Fortinet FortiGate and VMware NSX, whereas Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Palo Alto Networks URL Filtering with PAN-DB, pfSense, Darktrace and Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall. See our Cisco SD-WAN vs. Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall report.

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