Anonymous UserIT Specialist at a government
Dharmendra MishraAssociate Consultant at SoftwareONE
UmerSiddiqueSr. Network Engineer at a pharma/biotech company
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"We moved from a legacy firewall to the ASA with FirePOWER, increasing our Internet Edge defense dramatically."
"Integration with all the other Cisco tools is valuable."
"The firewall power that comes with Cisco ASAv is the most valuable asset. They are are very easy to manage."
"The web interface was easy for me. The configuration is logical, so it's easy to use and easy to understand how to protect, how to open a port, how to manage and how to route a device. That's why I prefer Cisco. It's robust and I never have issues with the hardware. That's why I choose Cisco and not another vendor."
"The features I found most valuable in this solution, are the overall security features."
"The basic setup is fine. We're just one person. It's only when you want to do some more sophisticated setup like channeling and stuff like that that it's more complicated."
"We are using the Cisco AnyConnect for our end-user VPN with the ASA."
"The most important feature is its categorization because on the site and social media you are unified in the way they are there."
"One of the most valuable features is having the ability to cluster multiple firewalls even if they are different versions."
"The most valuable feature is controlling the traffic and the logging. They have real-time logins for traffic logs. Troubleshooting was very easy for me."
"The central security management center and the content management center are very good."
"When our customer needs some optimization, along with performance and security. If they want everything in one package, I recommend Forcepoint because they have everything."
"The simplicity of the solution is its most valuable asset. It's very user-friendly."
"The support is great. They also have very good categorization. It's very good. It captures a lot of threats."
"The most valuable feature of this solution is the support."
"The most valuable feature is SD-WAN."
"We have been able to offer several services to customers in a single box."
"The features that we have found most valuable are the SSL VPN and the User Portal."
"This is a quality product with ok support, and it is better than the competition we've tried."
"This solution has solid UTM features combined with a nice GUI."
"It blocks the vulnerabilities that can negatively impact us."
"The security features are about the best that I've seen anywhere."
"The most valuable feature is the VDOM, which allows the customer to have multiple firewalls in a single campus."
"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 transformation in a unified offering."
"The product would be improved if the GUI could be brought into the 21st Century."
"With regards to stability, we had a critical bug come out during our evaluation... not good."
"We found it difficult to publish an antennae sidewalk with the ASDM. I think Cisco should improve this by creating a simpler interface for the firewall."
"The service could use a little more web filtering. If I compare it to Cyberoam, Cyberoam has more the web filtering, so if you want to block a website, it's easier in other solutions than in Cisco."
"It could also use a reporting dashboard."
"The user interface is old fashioned."
"I would like to see them release a patch for ASAv with cross-platform FirePower integration."
"I see room for improvement when it comes to integrating all the devices into a central management system. Cisco doesn't provide this, but there are some good products in the market that can provide it."
"It's a complicated firewall. Until you come to know the firewall inducers, most people don't like the firewall because the components for the firewall are a little bit complex. User-friendliness is a little bit tough. It needs to be user-friendly when creating policies, and pushing policies. Committing takes more time compared to Palo Alto."
"They should have a GUI on the product itself, not a separate management tool to be used on the management server or on a server to be used to manage the file. It should be all in one device. The device should be controlled through its own GUI. They also have to improve the learning center and the documents as the documents don't really help."
"This solution would be improved with the inclusion of custom reporting."
"The optimization is not really ready. If you want very good optimization, you have to add it to the network."
"The solution's support could use improvement."
"Making this solution easier to use would be an improvement."
"Forcepoint would be improved if there were more training available."
"They should have a local vendor who can provide support. Most of the support is overseas, so the time zones can be a problem."
"I use the FortiGate 60D model and realized the 300Mbps bandwidth limitation. Because it is a product that offers many services, I think it could have greater bandwidth capacity."
"This product could be improved with Active directory integration and better handling in IPsec and GRE Tunnels."
"FortiOS is not simple."
"The Web-filter in this solution is not very good."
"I would like to have logs, monitoring, and reporting for a month without extra fees."
"Technical support for this solution can be improved."
"Improvement is needed in the Web Filter quotas to restrict users with allocated quotas."
"There is a lot of improvement needed with SSL-VPN."
"Watch out for hidden licensing and incredibly high annual maintenance costs."
"I bought a license for three years and it was really affordable."
"With AnyConnect, it depends on your license. It depends on the number of concurrent users you want to connect."
"This solution might be expensive, but it is economical in the long run."
"Some of our customers would be more likely to standardize on Cisco equipment if the cost was lower because a lot of people install cheap equipment."
"The cost of this solution is high."
"It would be nice if pricing could do more to reflect the economy of the country where the product is being implemented."
"The program is very expensive."
"The big advantage of this solution is that we can select the right model for our requirements, which is not too expensive."
"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."
"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."
"Forcepoint is very expensive but it's really secure."
"It is expensive."
"The training that they offer to their end-customers. It's quite expensive, I believe it costs roughly $11,000"
"Everything in Forcepoint comes with an individual license, which is kind of a problem. In our last meeting, they said that it may change at the beginning of 2021, and they will try to merge some licenses together. Customers will get more features than what they got previously. We will wait and see."
"We have found the price could be reduced. It is a little expensive."
"Before choosing a piece of equipment you have to take into account the cost-benefit offered by each one. Sometimes it is not worth paying a very cheap price to have a minimum level of security."
"The pricing for this solution is good."
"Fortinet Secure SD-WAN delivered the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) per Mbps among all other vendors."
"Fortinet is the least expensive solution."
"It's very affordable."
"Setup cost may be not so low, as you expect, because it depends on different factors, but TCO for 5 years may pleasantly surprise you."
"The Indian market is different than the European and American markets. When you compare they need to be a bit more aggressive on pricing."
"I think that the pricing is fair."
Cisco ASA firewalls deliver enterprise-class firewall functionality with highly scalable and flexible VPN capabilities to meet diverse needs, from small/branch offices to high performance data centers and service providers. Available in a wide range of models, Cisco ASA can be deployed as a physical or virtual appliance. Flexible VPN capabilities include support for remote access, site-to-site, and clientless VPN. Also, select appliances support clustering for increased performance, VPN load balancing to optimize available resources, advanced high availability configurations, and more.
Cisco ASAv is the virtualized version of the Cisco ASA firewall. Widely deployed in leading private and public clouds, Cisco ASAv is ideal for remote worker and multi-tenant environments. The solution scales up/down to meet performance requirements and high availability provides resilience. Also, Cisco ASAv can deliver micro-segmentation to protect east-west network traffic.
Cisco firewalls provide consistent security policies, enforcement, and protection across all your environments. Unified management for Cisco ASA and FTD/NGFW physical and virtual firewalls is delivered by Cisco Defense Orchestrator (CDO), with cloud logging also available. And with Cisco SecureX included with every Cisco firewall, you gain a cloud-native platform experience that enables greater simplicity, visibility, and efficiency.
The FortiGate family of NG firewalls provides proven protection with unmatched performance across the network, from internal segments, to data centers, to cloud environments. FortiGates are available in a large range of sizes and form factors and are key components of the Fortinet Security Fabric, which enables immediate, intelligent defense against known and new threats throughout the entire network.
Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall is ranked 4th in WAN Edge with 22 reviews while Fortinet FortiGate is ranked 1st in WAN Edge with 101 reviews. Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall is rated 8.0, while Fortinet FortiGate is rated 8.6. 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". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiGate writes "Stable, easy to set up, and offers good ROI". Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall is most compared with Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention, pfSense, Darktrace, Sophos XG and Cisco SD-WAN, whereas Fortinet FortiGate is most compared with pfSense, Meraki MX, Sophos UTM, Sophos XG and Check Point NGFW. See our Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall vs. Fortinet FortiGate report.
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