Cisco Umbrella vs. Google Cloud DNS

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cisco Umbrella
Score 8.8 out of 10
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Cisco now offers OpenDNS Umbrella Web Filtering. Cisco acquired OpenDNS in August 2015, and rebranded the product as Cisco Umbrella.N/A
Google Cloud DNS
Score 8.9 out of 10
N/A
Google Cloud DNS is a managed DNS service, featuring a global network of anycast servers and touting reliability, availability, and performance.N/A
Pricing
Cisco UmbrellaGoogle Cloud DNS
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Cisco UmbrellaGoogle Cloud DNS
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Best Alternatives
Cisco UmbrellaGoogle Cloud DNS
Small Businesses

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Cloudflare
Cloudflare
Score 8.8 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies

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Cloudflare
Cloudflare
Score 8.8 out of 10
Enterprises

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Amazon Route 53
Amazon Route 53
Score 8.8 out of 10
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User Ratings
Cisco UmbrellaGoogle Cloud DNS
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(90 ratings)
9.0
(11 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.5
(11 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
8.7
(7 ratings)
9.4
(2 ratings)
Availability
9.5
(8 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.5
(62 ratings)
7.5
(2 ratings)
Online Training
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.6
(9 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
8.4
(8 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Cisco UmbrellaGoogle Cloud DNS
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
So the well-suited product, it's actually in two areas. One I already touched base on earlier which is the ability to have a federal model where we have the flexibility to set high-level policies from a group perspective while giving the independence of the business unit to operate and model the system to meet their needs. The second one, which is very powerful, especially in the last few years, is the remote workers. I'm able to protect and extend that edge of my security to their endpoint regardless if they are a Cisco Live or if they are at a bar or on a train basically anywhere. So as a chemical company, we have a lot of OT or ICS industrial control systems, which are highly regulated and highly scrutinized and usually require a physical presence while Cisco umbrella is mostly a cloud native type of product. So it doesn't fit well in that environment, which is detached from the internet doing well.
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Google
Google cloud is well suited to access and collaborate on documents where more than 2 people are required to contribute and in instances where feedback from individuals is captured on the document itself. If a team is working on an end of year report for funders, a few key members may need to finalise a report by offering suggestions that can be viewed and resolved by other team members. Housing documents on Google Cloud is the most appropriate platform I have ever used for tasks like these. If minimal collaboration needs engagement from just 2 individuals, it may be easier to simply email the information between each other, rather than using time to create a folder, ensure access control and upload the information to Google Cloud for collaborative input
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Pros
Cisco
  • Effective prevention of ransomware and malware by blocking CNC traffic. rendering the malware useless.
  • Good reports, which are readable by non technical users
  • Using Talos for its threat database means that it rarely misses anything
  • Very good knowledgebase available which means that it is easy to learn how to use and implement the product
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Google
  • Interface is user friendly
  • It is safe , Secure and reliable
  • It has lower pricing plans
  • They have good customer support
  • They do have good documentation to have fair ideas on their offerings
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Cons
Cisco
  • Umbrella Virtual Appliances have been buggy in resolving local domain hosts.
  • Integration between other Cisco and Meraki products is complicated.
  • Reporting is not always accurate; for example, if you configure a Meraki access point to use an Umbrella Virtual Appliance, you lose device reporting. All reporting shows up under the AP's IP.
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Google
  • It is hard for first time user to get used to it.
  • Support is restricted for 3rd party services who uses it
  • Sometimes the support people take more than 24hrs to reply to our queries, But it is not for all issues.
  • Search function could have been made easy to search records
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Likelihood to Renew
Cisco
First off I never give anything a "10" unless it's perfect. LOL - I grade on the curve. I think OpenDNS/Umbrella is a very good product. I think that fact that Cisco absorbed them is one of the proofs of that. I have used the product back when it was free for companies our size. I have not always appreciated the cost - but in the post pandemic cyber chaos, I believe the cost benefit ratio is still very high. I have honestly not looked at other products because Umbrella continues to work to my satisfaction. I consider Umbrella to be one of the key layers in my cyber security strategy.
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Google
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Usability
Cisco
Better features and easy to manage system with great customer support and overall usability is great as it works for hybrid environment with ease as it is having features for on prem users as wells as cloud users with great customer support and great team of trained engineers to support our opeartions.
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Google
This is exceptionally simple to utilize in the event that you are as of now utilizing Google Cloud Services or you are important for the Google Ecosystem as of now. I accept this is likely the primary goal of Google Cloud DNS, to give a more complete set-up of devices to Google Cloud clients. Consequently, I would rate convenience a 9.
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Reliability and Availability
Cisco
Cisco Umbrella's availability was great, they got back to me in less than an hour to get my problem solved.
We needed to get our Meraki AP's hooked up to Cisco Umbrella to monitor that specific traffic and they got back to me promptly, they guided me and explained every question I had.
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Google
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Performance
Cisco
our experience with cisco products has always been awesome and same is the case with cisco umbrella .Under umbrella cisco provides flexible and scalable software solution to use across different dept and sites . These softwares are very user friendly ,pages load quickly as these applications are designed for minimum latency and reports are also provided quickely
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Google
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Support Rating
Cisco
We have not had a chance to use Cisco support frequently, but when we needed to troubleshoot some issues that we were having with the agent installation, the support was very responsive and the solution that they offered worked. The only reason I give it one less point is that the turnaround time for non-critical issues is very long.
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Google
In the event that you are utilizing Google Cloud Platform as your cloud supplier, Google Cloud DNS is unquestionably the DNS supplier to utilize.
I haven't required help for it yet, notwithstanding, in my experience, Google Support is incredible.
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Online Training
Cisco
Quite easy to understand training modules prepared by knowledgeable trainers. Training modules have included all the desired features of these softwares and the content delivery is very good from the respective module trainers and it explains in details the features and apart from that further training material support is also provided if needed.
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Google
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Implementation Rating
Cisco
At the time we were forced to move from Cloud Web Security to Cisco Umbrella, Cisco Umbrella was far from being a direct replacement. It was frustrating and difficult to migrate due to the lack of functionality. This has since been addressed, however we now have legacy rulesets that were built as bandaids that cannot be removed. Hopefully the migration to Secure Access will address this.
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Google
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Alternatives Considered
Cisco
Auto SIG Tunnels is a feature that helps in provisioning tunnels automatically using Cisco Umbrella APIs and so this is one win for choosing Cisco Umbrella over others. With Cisco SD-WAN viptela, the Cisco Umbrella stacks up well because its the same vendor so less complexities and interoperability issues.
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Google
Amazon Route 53 offers almost equal or slightly more features than Google Cloud DNS; we selected Google Cloud DNS because the rest of our projects use Google Cloud Platform.
Also, since AWS is a bigger service provider, their pricing is also higher; since Google Cloud DNS pricing is better, we went for it.
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Scalability
Cisco
Cisco umbrella provides fleaxible and scalable software solutions which are easy deploy across multiple departments and sites wherever needed and this softwares are very easy to use and provides the best interface along with cisco support for other devices apart from cisco infrastructure but still there is scope for improvement on the inclusion of latest features
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Google
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Return on Investment
Cisco
  • Cisco Umbrella has been an excellent investment for us. The extra protection it provides in a very simple way has been well worth the costs.
  • Cisco Umbrella is very easy to setup and manage and can do most of the things we need with little daily interaction so we are free to work on other systems that need more attention.
  • Utilizing the Cisco Umbrella reporting features, we can determine what systems might need additional attention. If we see systems attempting certain types of access, we quickly know there is likely something on the device that probably needs removed.
  • Specific Cisco Umbrella reports can help us determine if we need to do user education and develop cyber habits.
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Google
  • We use GCP for all our projects so Google Cloud DNS fits perfectly
  • It is proving to scale well so good for us since we are a growing company
  • It is easy to use and doesn't require a separate team to maintain
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