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166 Ratings
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Cisco AnyConnect

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Score 8.8 out of 100

Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

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Score 9.3 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Firewall

    Cisco AnyConnect

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    9.7

    Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

    97%
    Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series ranks higher in 11/11 features

    Identification Technologies

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.9
    99%
    21 Ratings

    Visualization Tools

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.2
    92%
    21 Ratings

    Content Inspection

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.9
    99%
    21 Ratings

    Policy-based Controls

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    21 Ratings

    Active Directory and LDAP

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.7
    97%
    20 Ratings

    Firewall Management Console

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.8
    98%
    21 Ratings

    Reporting and Logging

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.4
    94%
    21 Ratings

    VPN

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.4
    94%
    21 Ratings

    High Availability

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    20 Ratings

    Stateful Inspection

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    20 Ratings

    Proxy Server

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.3
    93%
    10 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Cisco AnyConnect is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
    • Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.7

    Cisco AnyConnect

    87%
    72 Ratings
    9.7

    Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

    97%
    37 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    9.5

    Cisco AnyConnect

    95%
    3 Ratings
    10.0

    Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

    100%
    1 Rating

    Usability

    8.9

    Cisco AnyConnect

    89%
    50 Ratings
    10.0

    Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Availability

    10.0

    Cisco AnyConnect

    100%
    1 Rating

    Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance

    10.0

    Cisco AnyConnect

    100%
    1 Rating

    Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.8

    Cisco AnyConnect

    88%
    85 Ratings
    8.4

    Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

    84%
    18 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    9.0

    Cisco AnyConnect

    90%
    1 Rating

    Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    10.0

    Cisco AnyConnect

    100%
    1 Rating

    Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Cisco AnyConnect

    This is a very solid connection with a nice timeout and retries grace period. It seems to keep the connection even if there are momentary network breaks in service. It then re-establishes that connection if it was brief enough making for a more simple tool standard users can use. This tool also works great with Apple machines in nearly the same manner as Windows.
    Jason Lane | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

    Palo Alto firewall only affords by Large level infrastructure having a budget for Security Prospect. I will recommend it for the Card information industry & Confidential data solutions. Because it provides a bucket of security features that are not easily vulnerable.
    Vinit Sharma | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pros

    Cisco AnyConnect

    • Autoconnections are seamless for the users. There's nothing for them to do once it's all setup.
    • It recognizes security certificates for the PC and user, so you can easily lock down the connectivity to the specific users and/or machines you need for your environment.
    • Unless the WIFI is extremely poor, the software can make the connection and allow your users to function on the VPN.
    Debbie Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

    • The PA handles VPN connectivity without missing a beat. We have multiple VPN tunnels in use for redundancy to cloud-based services.
    • The PA has great functionality in supporting failover internet connections, again with the ability to have multiple paths out to our cloud-based services.
    • The PA is updated on the regular with various security updates, we are not concerned with the firewall's ability to see what packets are really flowing across the network. Being able to see beyond just IP and port requests lets you know things are locked down better than traditional firewalls.
    • It is a great overall kit, with URL filtering and other services that fill in the gaps between other solutions without breaking the bank.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cons

    Cisco AnyConnect

    • Next generation features are lacking.
    • Split handling scenarios are limited.
    • Sensitive to timeouts.
    • Auto reconnect features does not work as expected.
    • Auto mtu discovery does not work on some cases.
    • Not a full featured solution on the client side.
    • Detailed reporting is missing.
    • Lack of multi device management.
    • Application, url based dashboards needs to be enhanced.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

    • Our specific model is a bit slow and outdated and takes up to 10 minutes to commit a configuration change.
    • Nested security rules would be helpful instead of a linear approach. But rule creation in general is very simple.
    • Documentation gives a very straight forward answer to some items but is very vague in others.
    • Support could be a little better. An issue we had a tech was insistent it was the "other guy" and it ended up being the very latest PAN OS upgrade.
    Christopher St.Amand | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pricing Details

    Cisco AnyConnect

    General

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services
    Entry-level set up fee?
    No

    Starting Price

    Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

    General

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services
    Entry-level set up fee?
    No

    Starting Price

    Likelihood to Renew

    Cisco AnyConnect

    Cisco AnyConnect 9.5
    Based on 3 answers
    It has been in use for the past 5 years and has worked without any issues during that time. It also allows us unprecedented flexibility and access resources as if on premise. With remote work force more and more prevalent, this solution has been a constant. As we move our on-premise resources into the cloud, there will come a time when we stop using AnyConnect.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

    Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series 10.0
    Based on 1 answer
    The PA5220s have far exceeded what we have expected out of them. It was a bit of a learning curve coming from another vendor, but everything falls into place now with ease. The capabilities of the solution still surprise us, allowing us to remove other costly hardware and providing a single point of management needed
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Usability

    Cisco AnyConnect

    Cisco AnyConnect 8.9
    Based on 50 answers
    It's easy to use for the end user and reliable. They just need to login to their computer and connect to the VPN and they are on the network and have access to network resources. For the admins, it does take some time to configure things correctly but, once configured, it's quite easy to manage connection profiles and client software.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

    Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series 10.0
    Based on 2 answers
    In my opinion, the Palo Alto Firewall is the simplest firewall in terms of management interfaces; though it has more advanced options that apply to more advanced use cases. Configuring basic features on the firewall is nearly self-explanatory; configuring more advanced features can be met with very thorough vendor documentation.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Reliability and Availability

    Cisco AnyConnect

    Cisco AnyConnect 10.0
    Based on 1 answer
    We use it all day, every work day and the availability has always been very high. The connection once established is also very stable and remains connected.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Performance

    Cisco AnyConnect

    Cisco AnyConnect 10.0
    Based on 1 answer
    We use Cisco AnyConnect to connect to on-prem resources. The delay in connecting is not noticeable.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Support Rating

    Cisco AnyConnect

    Cisco AnyConnect 8.8
    Based on 85 answers
    During the implementation of the solution, the Cisco team is always present and ready, from the initial planning to the final deployment. Once up and running, the system is quite stable. In general, inconveniences could arise when making a general change takes centralized changes to be done, and then assistance from Cisco support is required, which will be provided without further delay and with great professionalism. Local problems could also arise related to the client's installation on remote users' machines. Most are due to each user's home network issues, over which there is no control, but initial troubleshooting is, nevertheless, mandatory. This last fact makes it necessary to have some diagnostic method. Then it becomes important to have the DART (Diagnostics and Reporting Tool) functionality, which is functionality included in the Cisco AnyConnect client. It is useful to perform this task and be able to resolve local problems or problems related to inconveniences with the home network by gathering information that allows determining the reported problem cause. It turned out to be a great tool since it can perform remote diagnoses.
    Rodrigo Avila | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

    Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series 8.4
    Based on 18 answers
    We've run into a couple undocumented bugs, but that seems to happen with every brand and technology. Any time we've had to engage Palo Alto support they've always been professional, knowledgeable and prompt. In almost all cases we've been able to resolve our issues without having to escalate our tickets.
    Paul Luchini | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Implementation Rating

    Cisco AnyConnect

    Cisco AnyConnect 9.0
    Based on 1 answer
    Cisco support is a good resource to deal with issues if they arise.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Alternatives Considered

    Cisco AnyConnect

    - Cisco is a better name in the market - Cisco products are better in quality and performance - Cisco product support is reliable and provides supports within the agreed SLA - Already using other Cisco products majorly, it is the trust that has already been built on Cisco products that has helped us to decide on using the Cisco products.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

    No one can say any other companies in this time is better than Palo Alto Networks Next-Generatoin Firewalls. Palo Alto offers very advanced features which protect you[r] organization. Advanced malware protection, anti spam, lots of other threats.
    Basant Gupta | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Scalability

    Cisco AnyConnect

    Cisco AnyConnect 10.0
    Based on 1 answer
    It is a simple application with a minimal interface.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Return on Investment

    Cisco AnyConnect

    • 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.
    Mitchell Bumgarner | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Next-Generation Firewalls - PA Series

    • Overall, even though the device is very expensive (both hardware and licensing), the product does produce a decent ROI, given that one (or HA pair) of devices can do so many things, such as anti-virus, anti-malware, URL filtering, SSL decryption, SSL VPN, routing, etc.
    • There will definitely be sticker shock when you're renewal comes up annually (or after 3 years), so be sure to look very carefully at the recurring costs of this product, with respect to licensing and hardware/software maintenance.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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