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Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)

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Score 8.4 out of 100
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Score 9.2 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)

[Cisco Secure Firepower Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)] is a good replacement to have next-generation firewalls to replace Cisco ASAs if the business wants to stick with Cisco gear. There are issues with pairs of firewalls remaining in sync, site-to-site VPN support on versions pre-6.6.0, being able to dial down into dashboard graphs, as clicking a link takes you to a page with no results, and deploys are slow when comparing to typing commands into an ASA CLI, as it can take multiple minutes for one configuration change.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Palo Alto Panorama

We have multiple internal and external firewalls at our headquarters as well as firewalls at our remote locations. Users are always needing to access services and systems at our headquarters and when they tell us they don't have access we can use Panorama to view the traffic and see where they are getting denied. Without Panorama we would need to log into each firewall and see if they are getting denied with Panorama we get an overview of was is happening and it's amazing.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Firewall Security Management

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)
7.8
Palo Alto Panorama
8.0
Policy planning and rule management
Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)
8.3
Palo Alto Panorama
7.5
Automated Policy Orchestration
Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)
7.8
Palo Alto Panorama
8.7
Device Discovery
Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)
8.0
Palo Alto Panorama
8.7
Policy Compliance Auditing
Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)
7.7
Palo Alto Panorama
6.8
Attack Path Simulation Testing
Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)
7.3
Palo Alto Panorama
8.5
Anomalous Event or Behavior Deviation
Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)
7.8
Palo Alto Panorama
8.5
Vulnerability Scans
Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)
8.1
Palo Alto Panorama
8.8
Firewall Rule Cleanup
Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)
7.7
Palo Alto Panorama
6.4

Pros

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)

  • It is a great advantage to have a single tool for managing multiple devices.
  • The interface is amicable and easy to adapt.
  • There is no risk of immediately applying changes to the device and affecting production; one can decide at what time to perform the deployment.
Carlos Martinez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Palo Alto Panorama

  • Being able to create common rules that can be maintained on multiple firewalls is very beneficial to our management of the different functional needs of the firewalls.
  • Using templates to manage regional requirements is helpful for rolling out changes in the networking side, from user managemnet globally to SEIM/Syslog collection regionally, being able to stack templates helps deliver the necessary changes across multiple firewalls.
  • Panorama's Dashboard and ACC provides useful information that can be set to see All firewalls, or just certain groups of firewalls. Since each group of firewalls has different applications running through them, being able to isolate one group at a time helps identify if there are errant devices causing unexpected traffic, and what type of traffic it is.
Bruce Bennett | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)

  • Licensing is difficult to navigate on purchase
  • Renewal licensing and support isn't all that easy to do and has its issues
  • The lowest end firewalls on the market seem to be EOL sooner than documented and requires earlier upgrading to ensure FMC itself can be kept current for security reasons. if you buy anything but the cheapest model firewalls this is not a problem
  • Implementing some functionality is more complex than it should be and believe Cisco could do better in this regard to the software
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Palo Alto Panorama

  • It needs improvement for the threats categorized as "high" severity. There are lot of false positives. Therefore finding real ones is hard in "high" category.
  • The threat/traffic view needs improvement. It needs at least a feature to sort based on columns. Downloading and parsing using Excel takes a lot of time.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)

No score
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Palo Alto Panorama

Palo Alto Panorama 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Panorama has given us much more than we expected and the support for the product, by Palo Alto Networks has been great. We would like to see some improvements that I mentioned in another review, like scheduling changes, but overall Panorama has provided a very capable product and we are very happy with it.
Bruce Bennett | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center) 7.3
Based on 3 answers
Overall usability is an eight for me because it is easy to manage the firewall policies and monitor the devices' health. The configurations are all done in the GUI which makes it more convenient and hassle free. You can also see the devices' health and the progress of the task thru its taskbar.
Mark Sena | TrustRadius Reviewer

Palo Alto Panorama

Palo Alto Panorama 8.2
Based on 2 answers
You can do anything via the GUI without going to the CLI. High real time security as every five minutes, it updates the list of phishing websites. High protection as the firewall communicates with the cloud, a machine running artificial intelligence helps to detect malware or other threats.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center) 7.8
Based on 9 answers
Initially, we had a lot of issues with bugs and performance issues, however, Cisco did help us to remediate these over time. A negative point was that the roadmap for Cisco's FMC was subject to many changes--improvements, new features, and even add-on products that were promised in the early stages eventually never made it to the current version.
Bart Verbaandert | TrustRadius Reviewer

Palo Alto Panorama

Palo Alto Panorama 8.4
Based on 5 answers
When you get help it is great. they have different service plans you need to know what plan you have and what kind of turn around you can expect. We have even had a local engineer to help us with questions and solutions. I feel the support team they have is very knowledgable and can help you out. Most of the time there is no need to escalate the issue.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)

Utilized across the entire organization as a single point of entry to the Internet. It provides a secure solution for internal and external users, ensuring secure access to all applications. The AnyConnect solution provides a secure method for remote users to connect into corporate applications, utilized much over the past year for work from home.
Jon Pedimente | TrustRadius Reviewer

Palo Alto Panorama

[Palo Alto] Panorama stacks up really good against Defense Orchestrator. The interface of the Panorama makes it much easier to navigate through and allows for easier management of the Palo Alto Devices. The Cisco Orchestrator lacks in that department while Palo Alto Panorama is loaded with plenty of features.
Eddie Naoum | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)

  • We lost some features like servers load balancing.
  • But, we got NGFW with a very powerful IPS on one box with a single management interface. We also saved money and data center space from buying multiple boxes (one for IPS and the other as Firewall).
  • We also saved team time and multiple devices management, and we got the benefits of a single vendor providing support.
Michael nabil | TrustRadius Reviewer

Palo Alto Panorama

  • At a previous company, I deployed Palo Alto firewalls to a data center, and 12 branch locations. This allowed us to replace MPLS links with IPSec tunnels between the sites. This resulted in significantly more throughput and soft savings of increased productivity. However, the estimated net of $220,000 in hard savings over five years is what is most impressive. I could not have effectively managed all those devices without Palo Alto Panorama.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)

General

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

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center) Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Palo Alto Panorama

General

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

Palo Alto Panorama Editions & Modules

Edition
25 Devices$9,500.00
100 Devices$23,750.00
1000 Devices$71,250.00
  1. none
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)
7.9
Palo Alto Panorama
9.3

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)
Palo Alto Panorama
9.0

Usability

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)
7.3
Palo Alto Panorama
8.2

Support Rating

Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center (formerly Firepower Management Center)
7.8
Palo Alto Panorama
8.4

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