Juniper SRX Competitors and Alternatives

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FelixCheung
IT Director at Wise Ally Holdings Limited
Real User
Top 20
Aug 16, 2020
Enables us to control what kind of applications each staff member and department is able to access, but UI is not user-friendly

What is our primary use case?

The purpose is to enhance the application control and internet access control of our company in our office and factory.

Pros and Cons

  • "Because we bought two firewalls... we need a central place to manage the policies and deploy them to both devices. It's good that it provides a system management console that is able to manipulate and manage policies in one place and deploy them to different locations."
  • "The UI is not as user-friendly as the model that I had used before, which was from Check Point. The design of the Firebox UI is restricted and needs an experienced network guy to understand the format and settings."

What other advice do I have?

WatchGuard is not the best. We already knew that, but it comes with most of the features we need. Although it's not the most user-friendly, we sacrificed that to keep the core features to increase our control while maintaining our budget. Honestly, there are no particular features of the WatchGuard that impressed me to say, "I must choose a WatchGuard." But when I needed several things to come together, then I really had no choice. I would rate WatchGuard Firebox at seven out of 10. It's good, it's better than a six, but from the management point of view, it has not totally satisfied my…
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…
EricHart
CEO at NPI Technology Management
MSP
Top 20
Sep 29, 2020
Great support and extremely stable with an excellent command-line interface

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use it for our clients. We have one or more at each client site - or multiple locations if they have multiple locations. Typically our clients are up to about 500 users. Most of them are smaller than that, but they go as large as 500. They're using the solution for the full next-gen firewall stacks - intrusion protection, URL filtering, advanced malware protection, or so-called AMP. Those are the three subscription services that Cisco sells. All of our clients have those subscription services enabled at their main location. Typically, they're just protecting users that are behind… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "Everything is all documented in the file or in the command line script that gets uploaded to the device. It gives us great visibility."
  • "I would say that in inexperienced hands, the interface can be kind of overwhelming. There are just a lot of options. Too much, if you don't know what you are looking for or trying to do."

What other advice do I have?

We're Cisco resellers. We're always on the latest version. I don't actually keep track of the version numbers myself, however, part of what the service that we provide for our clients is updating their firewalls to the latest version. We use multiple deployment models. We use both on-premises and cloud versions. They are also all different sizes, according to the requirements of the company. I'd advise other companies considering Cisco to be sure to factor in the cost of the ongoing security subscriptions and the ongoing SmartNet into the purchase price. Those things, over the years, represent…
Zhulien Keremedchiev
Lead Network Security Engineer at TechnoCore LTD
Real User
Oct 14, 2020
Good evaluation period, support, and it has a powerful intrusion policy

What is our primary use case?

My primary use case with Cisco Firepower NGFW is implementing, configuring, maintaining, and troubleshooting lab and customer devices in both lab and production environments. Using best practices for configuration, as well as fine-tuning intrusion policies and utilizing as many of the features that the firewall has to offer, which are feasible in said environment. Overall, I am confident to say that I have worked with every flavor of Cisco Firepower NGFW, be it their older IPS-only sensors, ASA with Firepower services, as well as the FTD sensor itself.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature that Cisco Firepower NGFW provides for us is the Intrusion policy."
  • "I believe that the current feature set of the device is very good and the only thing that Cisco should work on is improving the user experience with the device."

What other advice do I have?

I believe that Cisco Firepower NGFW is the future leader in NGFW, with only maybe Palo Alto being the main competitor. This is very good, as we all know that having a rival is good for us, the users :)
reviewer1120704
Manager with 51-200 employees
Real User
Jul 25, 2020
Good content filtering but needs better software and has a faulty DPI SSL feature

What is our primary use case?

The solution is primarily used as a perimeter firewall for a gateway toward public internet traffic. Basically, it is a gateway between our internal network and public traffic.

Pros and Cons

  • "The basic firewall rules of the solution are great."
  • "The product has a lot of bugs, actually. We are facing some issues with this product. The DPI SSL feature which is there, it is not working properly."

What other advice do I have?

We're just a customer. We don't have a business relationship with SonicWall. I wouldn't recommend the solution, actually. It's hard to set up and the stability takes a while to establish. They need to do better on their software side, and other solutions, like Sophos, have more flexibility in their configuration capabilities. I'd rate the solution seven out of ten.
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