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"It definitely competes with the other vendors in the market.""The price for Firepower is more expensive than FortiGate. The licensing is very complex. We usually ask for help from Solutel because of its complexity. I have a Cisco account where I can download the VPN client, then connect. Instead, I create an issue with Solutel, then Solutel solves the case.""When we purchased the firewall, we had to take the security license for IPS, malware protection, and VPN. If we are using high availability, we have to take a license for that. We also have to pay for hardware support and technical support. Its licensing is on a yearly basis.""I am happy with the product in general, including the pricing.""Pricing is the same as other competitors. It is comparable. The licensing has gotten better. It has been easier with Smart Licensing.""I like the Smart Licensing, because it is more dynamic and easier to keep track of where you are at. If we have a high availability firewall pair and they are deployed in active/standby rather than active/active, I would expect that we would only pay for one set of licenses because you are using only one firewall at any one time. The other is there just for resiliency. The licensing, from a Firepower perspective, still requires you to have two licenses, even if the firewalls are in active/standby, which means that you pay for the two licenses, even though you might only be using one firewall any one time. This is probably not the best way to do it and doesn't represent the best value for money. This could be looked at to see if it could be done in a fairer way.""When we are fighting against other competitors for customers, whether it is a small or big business, we feel very comfortable with the price that Firepower has today.""The solution was chosen because of its price compared to other similar solutions."

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"There are licensing costs, and I would not say that it's a cheap vendor.""The licensing is on a yearly basis. It is somewhere around 30 or 40 pounds per user for our organization."

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Also Known As
Cisco Firepower NGFW, Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall, FirePOWER, Cisco NGFWv
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Overview

Cisco NGFW firewalls deliver advanced threat defense 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 NGFW can be deployed as a physical or virtual appliance. Advanced threat
defense capabilities include Next-generation IPS (NGIPS), Security Intelligence (SI), Advanced
Malware Protection (AMP), URL filtering, Application Visibility and Control (AVC), and flexible VPN
features. Inspect encrypted traffic and enjoy automated risk ranking and impact flags to reduce event
volume so you can quickly prioritize threats. Cisco NGFW firewalls are also available with clustering
for increased performance, high availability configurations, and more.
Cisco Firepower NGFWv is the virtualized version of Cisco's Firepower NGFW firewall. Widely
deployed in leading private and public clouds, Cisco NGFWv automatically scales up/down to meet
the needs of dynamic cloud environments and high availability provides resilience. Also, Cisco NGFWv
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.
Learn more about Cisco’s firewall solutions, including virtual appliances for public and private cloud.

Based on an innovative dynamic biplane multi-core parallel architecture and powered by Intel DPDK, Venusense NGFW provides T-bit non-blocking data processing capacity. Depend on the advantage of Venustech VSOS (Security Operating System) and high-performance integration processor, Venusense NGFW achieves deep integration of L4-L7 layer, which provides users with high performance and high reliability of the L4-L7 layer unified security protection.

Venusense NGFW supports linkage with VenusEye for real-time access to the latest threat intelligence. Through the Threat Intelligence Protection Module, Venusense NGFW recognizes high-risk domain names and IP on the Internet for the first time and protects them in the shortest possible time. Support large enterprise customers to build a on-promise threat intelligence cloud to protect against sensitive data.

Venusense NGFW can integrate with Venusense APT, providing in-depth defense against 0DAY/APT attacks. Based on certain rules, Venusense NGFW sends unidentifiable files to the APT engine which detects the unknown attacks or threatening files based on sandbox and four inspection engines.

Zscaler enables the world’s leading organizations to securely transform their networks and applications for a mobile and cloud first world. Its flagship services, Zscaler Internet Access and Zscaler Private Access, create fast, secure connections between users and applications, regardless of device, location, or network. Zscaler services are 100% cloud-delivered and offer the simplicity, enhanced security, and improved user experience that traditional appliances or hybrid solutions are unable to match. Used in more than 185 countries, Zscaler operates the world’s largest cloud security platform, protecting thousands of enterprises and government agencies from cyberattacks and data loss.

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Sample Customers
Rackspace, The French Laundry, Downer Group, Lewisville School District, Shawnee Mission School District, Lower Austria Firefighters Administration, Oxford Hospital, SugarCreek, Westfield
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Zenith Live, Azure, Carlsberg Group
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REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm16%
Manufacturing Company8%
Non Profit8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company4%
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Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider23%
Government6%
Financial Services Firm6%
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REVIEWERS
Small Business43%
Midsize Enterprise28%
Large Enterprise29%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise66%
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Venusense NGFW is ranked 40th in Firewalls while Zscaler Cloud Firewall is ranked 29th in Firewalls with 5 reviews. Venusense NGFW is rated 0.0, while Zscaler Cloud Firewall is rated 8.0. On the other hand, the top reviewer of Zscaler Cloud Firewall writes "Good sandboxing and URL filtering with capability to scale". Venusense NGFW is most compared with , whereas Zscaler Cloud Firewall is most compared with Menlo Security Cloud Firewall, OPNsense, pfSense, Check Point NGFW and Cisco ASA Firewall.

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