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Cisco AnyConnect is best suited whenever you would like to work remotely and would want to connect to your organization's network securely, in this scenario I would say Cisco AnyConnect trumps a lot of products out there it is simple and easy to use once it is set up. I would not use the Cisco AnyConnect posture enforcement service as a security feature because there are very good products out there that do a better job than it.
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The best usage scenario for Citrix Netscaler Gateway is in enterprises with a high volume of telecommuting users or in situations where the user needs to access certain applications from anywhere. In our case as a hospital, we need our doctors to access the medical records of the patients and be able to carry out any required action, with a high level of security and with a certain agility.
Read full review Pros Cisco AnyConnect connects the machine with the VPN very smoothly in a few clicks also provides security with Multi-Factor Authentication. It Provides the facility of creating Network groups such as Local and Project Network so that user can limit the connectivity options. The System scan feature is so robust, it Scans the System every time we connect to a new network and remembers the older Network and does not Scans while we connect to usual Netwroks. Read full review allows seamless use of 2-factor authentication for heightened security within the VPN, and lowers risk of an external hack because of it. it allows for differing levels of security. access can be set specifically through the VPN so 2 users can use the same site and get different results depending on their active directory security policy. It can grant the ability to launch a single application or an entire VPN envelope David Reese
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Read full review Cons Sometimes when the number of users is large for a VPN service, the connection fails, and the client doesn't give a proper error. It should have better support for Linux. It is difficult to set up on Linux, and the interface for settings is not at all user-friendly. A few times, the internet becomes slow after connecting to the VPN server through AnyConnect. It should be able to find the best and the optimal server while connecting. Read full review I suggest make it more faster because sometimes its lagging but not all the time. When it comes to Notepad I suggest having options for the size of fonts, and color of fonts, to make it look nicer. I suggest making it more user-friendly, and more features so that users can perfectly maximize this tool. Read full review Likelihood to Renew
This is software is easy to use, easy to maintain, easy to support, cost effective, and extremely secure. We will continue to use it for all employees well into the future. We have already renewed our licenses for another 5 years - that's how confident we are that this software will remain a primary security solution for our firm.
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Configuration is very easy. Installation is very fast. There is little to zero local resource usage. It is easy to use for everyone at our company and is clearly connected or disconnected while running in the notifications tray. This is integrated easily with DUO 2 Factor Authentication, it waits for completion and then promptly completes the connection when authenticated.
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Thus far, I have not encountered any outages to Cisco AnyConnect. Any firmware updates are completed infrequently and efficiently such that the users don’t experience noticeable downtime. I have not encountered any errors running the platform at any time of day or night , or from any geographical location. Provided a hard-wired or WiFi internet connection is available, expect Cisco AnyConnect to run without unexpected interruption.
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We use Cisco AnyConnect to connect to on-prem resources. The delay in connecting is not noticeable.
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Cisco has a lot of knowledgebase articles around AnyConnect that are helpful to configure and troubleshoot issues. Beyond that, Cisco support (TAC) is helpful to provide information and troubleshoot issues with the platform. However, you do need an active subscription or EA for support beyond reading the KBs, as well as for client software updates. This is important to keep in mind when deciding on if Cisco AnyConnect is right for your organization, as this can be expensive (cheaper with an EA if you use a lot of Cisco products).
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Support is pretty good and pretty fast to respond. I can't say I can really complain about the support experience I've had with them, as they've resolved issues within a reasonable time-frame. Of course, they could always be faster and better, but I think for what we pay, it's well worth the money.
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We are quite satisfied with the deployment. We might extend our deployment. My suggestion to everyone will be utilizing Cisco cloud infra as well. As it will give you some nice features like cloud based firewall, DNS Security and threat intelligence. Threat intelligence was a key decision maker for us and people should not ignore it.
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We used to use the Pulse Secure app as a VPN client, but it was rarely used and distributed among our users due to the license's cost. And there was also little need for users to connect remotely. We switched to Cisco AnyConnect as a technology replacement due to brand recognition, pricing, and support offered. Also, because the service became critical as there are many users depending on this solution to be able to fulfill their obligations, we needed a reliable and scalable application.
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The only other SSL VPN type product I have used was Citrix Secure Gateway. Netscaler is a MUCH more feature filled product. CSG was a free add on to older versions of Citrix Metaframe and
and was specifically just used for securing Citrix infrastructure. Netscaler excels in securing Citrix but can also be used to secure shared apps of all kinds regardless of how they are published. I did do a test run on 2X's product which did include a secure gateway but then base 2X product was not really comparable to Citrix so did not go too far with it.
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It is a simple application with a minimal interface.
Read full review Return on Investment We are able to seamlessly work on multiple clients daily, and it allows us to quickly handle more projects at the same time. Cisco AnyConnect has allowed our own company's coworkers to remotely connect back to the corporate network, easily assisting work schedules and processes, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Being forced to work remotely, meant our processes still happened quickly and efficiently, by being able to leverage and use Cisco AnyConnect VPN. Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, I have worked 100% remotely for a few years now. This was always due to the reliable connectivity and ease of use with Cisco AnyConnect VPN. I live 2+ hours from our nearest corporate office, and even further from some of my client locations, and I have always been able to connect to any of my multiple Cisco AnyConnect VPN connections, within seconds. Read full review Our data is secure and protected from the outside world which is priceless. It saves our business money as we can provide our clients with a safe and secure alternative to accessing their data remotely rather than having to take the more expensive route of travelling on-site to gather the data we need. It gives us the opportunity to host on-site training using gated cloud based environments which enhances our business services. The ability to easily change access information, such as a password, after administering a training course gives us the flexibility we need to provide and subsequently restrict access to our training environments to suit our needs. Read full review ScreenShots