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Pros
"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.""Forcepoint is a complete package because it has network and systems applications. Other firewalls are only for the network.""The most valuable feature is the console management."

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"TCP optimization... caches a particular TCP connection and the next time a user uses that connection he will reach the destination easily.""I find the most valuable to be the compression and exchange replication.""It is very easy to install the solution."

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Cons
"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.""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.""The solution needs to build upon its network functionality. It needs to be a bit smarter."

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"Application response time and network performance could be improved.""They should include a network switch in a future release.""The product should offer more integration capabilities."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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."

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"The solution is expensive and the service contacts are costly too. The cost of the device makes the value proposition borderline acceptable for us. The service contract fees we pay is approximately $30,000 annually."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: I like the IPS. IPS is the master feature. I depend on the firewall and sandbox.
Top Answer: We have just a subscription for the cloud, and this license is great. The license is so good.
Top Answer: Management could be better. They can improve the management. I think all our customers can't accept firewalls that have standalone management. So, they prefer Fortinet or Palo Alto. But overall… more »
Top Answer: We just did an assessment for our 47 datacenters around North America. The top two enterprise-level network monitoring solutions were ExtraHop first, Riverbed SteelCenter second. Their negotiated cost… more »
Top Answer: It is very easy to install the solution.
Top Answer: We would like the solution to be less expensive. If the solution was more secure, that would be ideal. The product should offer more integration capabilities.
Ranking
5th
out of 26 in WAN Edge
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5,582
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4,329
Reviews
20
Average Words per Review
416
Rating
8.1
15th
out of 26 in WAN Edge
Views
3,231
Comparisons
2,283
Reviews
2
Average Words per Review
547
Rating
7.5
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Also Known As
Forcepoint NGFW, Stonesoft Next Generation Firewall, McAfee Network Security Platform, Intel Security Network Security Platform
RIverbed Steelhead, Steelhead
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Overview
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.

Riverbed SteelHead is the industry's #1 optimization solution for accelerated delivery of all applications across the hybrid enterprise. SteelHead also provides better visibility into application and network performance and the end user experience plus control through an application-aware approach to hybrid networking and path selection based on centralized, business intent-based policies for what you want to achieve as a business.

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Sample Customers
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)
Orasure Technologies, Energia Communications Inc., GHD, JLL, Northwest Pipe, Dudek & Associates, Lathrop & Gage, Carilion Clinic
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider40%
Computer Software Company20%
Energy/Utilities Company10%
University10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company22%
Government7%
Energy/Utilities Company5%
REVIEWERS
Government29%
Energy/Utilities Company21%
Construction Company7%
Media Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider28%
Computer Software Company24%
Financial Services Firm8%
Government5%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business62%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise23%
REVIEWERS
Small Business7%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise67%
Find out what your peers are saying about Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall vs. Riverbed Steelhead and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
536,053 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall is ranked 5th in WAN Edge with 22 reviews while Riverbed Steelhead is ranked 15th in WAN Edge with 3 reviews. Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall is rated 8.2, while Riverbed Steelhead is rated 7.6. 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 Riverbed Steelhead writes "Scalable Data Referencing provides LAN-like speed over WAN". Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention, Darktrace, pfSense and Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall, whereas Riverbed Steelhead is most compared with WAAS, Citrix SD-WAN, Silver Peak VX, Silver Peak NX and Ipanema IpIengine. See our Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall vs. Riverbed Steelhead report.

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