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Score 8.6 out of 100
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Score 9.5 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Firewall

    8.8

    Cisco Secure Firewall

    88%

    Palo Alto Networks Prisma SD-WAN (CloudGenix)

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Cisco Secure Firewall ranks higher in 11/11 features

    Identification Technologies

    8.2
    82%
    18 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Visualization Tools

    8.0
    80%
    18 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Content Inspection

    9.5
    95%
    20 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Policy-based Controls

    9.1
    91%
    20 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Active Directory and LDAP

    8.1
    81%
    18 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Firewall Management Console

    8.8
    88%
    20 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Reporting and Logging

    8.8
    88%
    20 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    VPN

    9.5
    95%
    17 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    High Availability

    9.9
    99%
    19 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Stateful Inspection

    9.1
    91%
    20 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Proxy Server

    7.4
    74%
    14 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Cisco Secure Firewall is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.5

    Cisco Secure Firewall

    95%
    20 Ratings
    9.4

    Palo Alto Networks Prisma SD-WAN (CloudGenix)

    94%
    4 Ratings

    Usability

    8.0

    Cisco Secure Firewall

    80%
    1 Rating

    Palo Alto Networks Prisma SD-WAN (CloudGenix)

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    7.9

    Cisco Secure Firewall

    79%
    6 Ratings
    7.0

    Palo Alto Networks Prisma SD-WAN (CloudGenix)

    70%
    2 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Cisco

    If you are already using [a] Cisco product like the Cisco ASA Series and you need more security on layer 7 then you can upgrade with firepower. This is well suited for middle and big organizations. If your company deals with credit card information then you should buy this firewall. It provides you all the features to stop any type of advanced attack on your organization
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    Palo Alto Networks

    The Palo Alto Networks CloudGenix devices work especially well in a hub and spoke environment, especially if you are looking at adding point-to-point VPN tunnel functionality. They allow us to combine various ISP connections and provide analytics to automatically determine the best path for any given application to take based on priority levels you can manage.
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    Pros

    Cisco

    • Updates with the HA Pair are incredibly easy and automated
    • FMC with Firepowers provide a single place to view information about devices and connections
    • Tedious policy changes can be staged during the working hours and then deployed in one click after hours
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    Palo Alto Networks

    • The ability to see all traffic and pinpoint issues.
    • Ability to prioritize applications and their traffic.
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    Cons

    Cisco

    • The UI in Cisco Firepower formerly Sourcefire) is complicated and entirely redundant. A lot of these features are not useful, and therefore, it can be removed from the main window.
    • The interface is very slow, with each operation taking a lot of time. Searching through the logs takes too much time.
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    Palo Alto Networks

    • Unable to perform NAT through Site to Site VPN
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    Pricing Details

    Cisco Secure Firewall

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Cisco Secure Firewall editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Pricing Info

      Palo Alto Networks Prisma SD-WAN (CloudGenix)

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      Palo Alto Networks Prisma SD-WAN (CloudGenix) editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules

      Footnotes

        Offerings

        Free Trial
        Free/Freemium Version
        Premium Consulting/Integration Services

        Entry-level set up fee?

        No setup fee

        Additional Details

        Usability

        Cisco

        It's overall very great, however the Management Console needs updating to fix the slowness of policy and rule deployments.
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        Palo Alto Networks

        No answers on this topic

        Support Rating

        Cisco

        Cisco support is not at all suitable for this product, at least. It takes a long for them to help us with our server issues. A lot of the time, the customer support person keeps on redirecting calls to another person. They need to be well versed with the terminologies of the product they are supporting us with. Support needs a lot of improvement. Cisco Fire Linux OS, the operating system behind Cisco Firepower NGFW (formerly Sourcefire), also doesn't receive regular patches. In short, average customer service.
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        Palo Alto Networks

        The support was super fast in the beginning. Sometimes it seems now that the support does not get back to you as quickly. When we do get in contact with the support, they are usually knowledgeable and can help find the problem. The support has also been easy to work with.
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        Alternatives Considered

        Cisco

        Cisco Firepower firewalls have all the features expected of an NGFW. Managed with a Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center, most of the learning curve is just knowing where in the menus to go to do what you want. All brands of firewalls work as expected, and learning each GUI is the trick. The GUI for Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center is simple. Though when devices are registered to Cisco Secure Firewall Management Center, there are no options to make changes locally and sync them back to the management center. That does limit accessing a remote site that might go down.
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        Palo Alto Networks

        We used Peplink routers prior to CloudGenix. The dashboard wasn’t as clean and they were difficult to license, provision and manage. We evaluated Meraki and VeloCloud. The pricing model of Meraki was fine but VeloCloud pricing just didn’t work for us. The Meraki device lacked some of the functionality we needed.
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        Return on Investment

        Cisco

        • This product is great for inspection and normal firewall controls.
        • If there's a bug in it, it can take a lot of resource time to chase it and work around it.
        • Deciphering which data is useful has taken a bit of time and trimming.
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        Palo Alto Networks

        • Reduced Down time
        • Improved throughput due to their intelligent data analytics
        • Full utilization of all data circuits
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