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Real User
Website and EComm at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 01 2017

What is most valuable?

The dashboard to keep track of 30 or so APs, switches, routers and logs, is invaluable. I liked the UX on this. Notifications (minus the techno-speak so it's obvious what the problem is) help us respond to access points down or rogue access... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's cut down the amount of time administering an expansive WiFi network spread over 43 acres. We can easily monitor the up/down time so establishing KPIs and SLAs for the IT department becomes something attainable. Adding APs is a very... more»

What needs improvement?

The error logs need to be much more comprehensive.
Shiromi jayawardena li?1414332909
Real User
System Engineer Monitoring and Response at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 23 2017

What do you think of Cisco Ethernet Switches?

Competitive strength – Cisco and Juniper are a good fit in any data centre. Competitive weaknesses – Cisco takes a proprietary spin on standards, increasing fear of vendor lock-in and cost to replace. Juniper has to spend time explaining the technology. Cisco’s Nexus portfolio is broad and complex, requiring advanced skills to design, deploy and manage which increases costs. Juniper’s market share remains small compared to equally well-known competitors and calls into question the company’s ability to execute and attract channel and other partners. Current Perspective – Cisco switches remains a leader in the data centre due to both market presence and portfolio breadth. Cisco switches continues to win new customers based on both its portfolio and its...
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Real User
Director of IT Support at a marketing services firm with 501-1,000 employees
May 31 2017

What is most valuable?

We needed the product to enable a whitelist-only browsing mode for certain computers for a client. After that was implemented, I was able to configure a virtual appliance to prevent video streaming and certain social media sites. This in turn... more»

How has it helped my organization?

There was a positive effect on productivity because we could track and confront the users that were frequently using social media or streaming video during the work day. They weren’t wasting as much time after OpenDNS was implemented. It gave... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to have the ability to prevent certain sites/data from showing on the reports. I have had this feature request open for a couple of years. It would be useful to have for filtering out unuseful data.
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Real User
Networking Specialist at Transportation
Jun 12 2017

What do you think of Cisco Ethernet Switches?

Valuable Features Versatility and streamlined IOS Availability of expertise on the market (resources) • Improvements to My Organization Streamlined IOS helped to develop templates for Ethernet Switches without worrying of compatibility of commands in regards to hardware platforms. Modularity of Industrial switches (IE3000) provides flexibility in solutions yet based on one platform. Vast array of Industrial models (IE2000, IE3000, IE4000, IE5000). • Room for Improvement Acceptance of open source trends (there is slight move already - just keep going) • Use of Solution 10 years overall for all switching/routing products. Industrial switches for last 5 years. • Deployment Issues No • Stability Issues No • Scalability Issues Well, need more pro-active...
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Owner at David Strom Inc.
Dec 19 2017

What do you think of Cisco ASA?

Cisco ASA has better application granularity, a more flexible means of policy creation, and easier to use controls and more powerful reports than its predecessors. We tested the ASA-5525-X in January 2013 and found a much improved user interface and lots of content-aware features.
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Real User
Senior Network Engineer/Mobility Specialist at CCSI - Contemporary Computer Services, Inc.
May 10 2017

What do you think of Cisco Identity Services Engine?

Valuable Features Cisco ISE now competes with any other product in the space because of its centralized and unified highly secure access control with ISE. ISE grew out of ACS and in the process has grown up. • Room for Improvement The learning curve is steep and the initial setup is complex. • Stability Issues We've had no issues with stability. • Scalability Issues We've had no issues with scalability. • Customer Service and Technical Support Customer Service: Customer service is good. Technical Support: Technical support is very good. • Previous Solutions Yes. I am a consultant, so I have used many competing products over the years. • Initial Setup The initial setup is complex, but not if you fully vet the solution and leverage the...
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Real User
Network Administrator at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 22 2017

What do you think of Cisco Catalyst?

Valuable Features The most valuable features, to me, are CDP, VTP, ACLs, and routing. • Improvements to My Organization These products help me dissect my network based on the users within a particular location. They've also provided me the capability to separate network traffic as necessary. • Room for Improvement As a user, I would like to see the Layer 2 Switches to have NBAR capabilities as well. It would be nice if the new ISRs have firewall capabilities as well. • Use of Solution I've been using these products since 2008. I have a Cisco ISR 2821 and 2911, Cisco Catalyst 4500, 2960 and 3750 Series Switches. • Stability Issues No stability issues were experienced. • Scalability Issues It would be nice to see these products have built-in wireless access...
Jijish gopi li?1426416662
Real User
Security Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Jan 23 2018

What is most valuable?

If you compare it with other products, other firewall products in the market, at this moment, it doesn't have that many features, no impressive feature in it, in fact. The one thing I like about the product is the logging features, the way it logs, the way it forwards the logs in Syslog. It generates the particular Syslog. Compared to other products, that is the... more»

What needs improvement?

It doesn't have a proper GUI to do troubleshooting, so most people have to rely on the command line. Its a sort of legacy product nowadays. The firewalls which are the next generation have loads of features added to them, and they are all in one box. It should have packets, deep level inspections and controls, like the features which other IPS solutions have. It... more»

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Cisco Questions

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Content Specialist
IT Central Station
Mar 15 2018
One of the most popular comparisons on IT Central Station is Aruba Wireless vs Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN. People like you are trying to decide which one is best for their company. Can you help them out? Which of these two solutions would you recommend for Wireless LAN? Why? Thanks for helping... more»
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Akshay BalaganurWe are authorised to sell both Aruba and Meraki. Being a consultant myself,... more»
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Michael NewmanBoth have their merits. Aruba has taken the brand of all the hp procure... more»
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John Le BrunConfidentiality Integrity and Availability Or just CIA are the basic... more»
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ICT Consultant (Individual/Hired) at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 27 2018
Cisco Wireless Aironet 3802i vs ALE OmniAccess Stellar AP1230.Which one is the best product in terms of quality, performance, number of client capacity, field coverage, centralized controller and price?
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Systems Engineer at FTD India
Feb 15 2018
The software developers in the organization should connect to wireless access points for internet by their active directory credentials. Is that possible with Cisco WLAN?
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Systems Manager at a non-profit with 201-500 employees
Dec 14 2017
Which do you recommend? Cisco ASA 5516-X Security Appliance with FirePOWER Services or Fortinet  FG-100D-DBL?
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Zaw AungI like both firewall but you should consider your team or yourself... more»
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Andreas Beuden@DataDeptMgr674 Sophos is the leader ? oh thats new for me. :) in real... more»
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Alvaro PicadoHi, Andreas. Thanks for your answer. Which firewall do you recommend?
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owner at a tech services company
Nov 01 2017
Can I use VPN, firewall and IPS on one device (the device being FirePower2100)?
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Dennis Chow, MBAYes, but depends on your appliance. Sourcefire NGFW by itself is not a VPN... more»
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Community Manager
IT Central Station
Oct 31 2017
Is that true of other firewalls you have tested?See review at
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Senior Enterprise Network Specialist at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 31 2017
Performance comparison between Cisco Firepower and FortiGate - Which is better?
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Alberto E. Luna RodriguezThe short answer is it depends on what you are looking for. FortiGates are... more»
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Vũ TiếnCườngTo answer your question, let me ask a question first? What's your main... more»
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Hamada AhmedWith a fraction of the cost , the FortiGate3600C vs. Cisco ASA5585-XSSP60 is... more»
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Student at TAFE NSW _ South Western Sydney Institute
I want to see the difference between a HPE ProLiant DL Server & a Cisco UCS C-Series Server using Benchmarks.
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Managing Director at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
We would like to integrate Meraki MX100 with Alcatel switches (which use command-line for configuration). Is it complicated? If you're experienced in Meraki MX solutions, please contact me soon. Thanks & Cheers.
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Joel CastellanosWith a good diagram and keeping in mind the whole routing part, it is really... more»

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Senior Technical Consultant - Network and Security
7+ years of Experience in IT industry with major skills in Networking and security of enterprise networks. Provided solutions to the leading enterprises in UAE for the best IT architecture(Network, Security and wireless solutions), Performed Network audits on the enterprise networks.
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Systems Administration and Communications with relevance to core network, voice and data, VoIP, Switching and Routing, Cisco, and Network Security Windows and Unix/Linux Systems Datacenter operations Fiber optics implementation Outsourcing projects management Wholesale Telecommunications
Reviewed Cisco Ethernet Switches: Remote management and monitoring, multi-layer...
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