Reviews (1-2 of 2)
November 12, 2019
Score 8 out of 10
We use Cisco routers with iOS security in our remote offices around the world. This solves the major problem of having remote sites connected to the Internet: you can protect them from attacks with a simple and easy to deploy a solution like iOS security.
- Using Cisco IOS security features, you can set up a zone-based firewall to protect the internal network, separating a DMZ if necessary, to deploy services that should face the internet.
- Because Cisco iOS security is available in different router models, you can apply the same security configuration in each of the remote locations you have. With that, you can basically deploy a configuration template for every remote office or plant, regarding the size of the site.
- Because Cisco iOS security is embedded in the OS, it doesn’t require too much hardware resources to run effectively. This gives you the opportunity to have the same level of security in a small router as you would have on a big one.
- Cisco could provide an initial set up script for those are not used to the CLI (Command Line Interface). With that initial script, people could easily deploy the security features instead of having to learn how to use the commands.
- The web interface that Cisco provides with the routers, although it’s useful to set up the security features, it could also have some sort of tutorials to help people understand the main concepts of iOS security.
- You have to license iOS security separately from the main OS. For that reason, sometimes it tends to be a little expensive if you have a small business.
Read Eduardo Viero's full review
If your business has branch offices or stores with all the same standards, Cisco iOS security is a good solution to standardize the deployment of those remote sites but if you need a more robust or specialized or customized solution for each branch, remote office or store maybe Cisco iOS security is not for you and you should search for another kind of product.
December 21, 2015
Score 10 out of 10
We utilize Cisco IOS in all aspects of our environment. From our local onsite network, to our remote datacenter and cloud deployments, to our customer networks we provide consulting services for. Cisco IOS provides an established solid foundation for the network and allows us to implement new technologies without a fear that the network will be able to support it. We know that with a Cisco network, it can handle anything we can throw at it.
- QoS. Cisco Quality of Service is top notch and handles prioritization of voice and video without issue.
- Ease of implementation and configuration. Once you have a device configured, it is easy to use that configuration as a template for the rest. Export your config, update, the IP Address and Name at a minimum, then deploy to the next device.
- Longevity! Sometimes it can be difficult to upsell a current Cisco client due to aging hardware. I have gone into a network that has 12 year old switches still running strong. I have only seen this with the Cisco brand. At that point, the upsell is the newer features and not the age of the device.
- CLI is great for those that know how to use it. It is my preference. Cisco is also excellent at providing training and documentation. They have excellent GUI tools for switches and wireless. The only thing lacking is a solid GUI for routers. CCP is Java based and can be a little buggy at times.
- Pricing. Cisco is a rock solid device but they charge accordingly. Sometimes it can be hard to be competitive. You have to work with your account manager and obtain deviations to be competitive with other products.
Read Steve Davis's full review
If I have my choice, I will always use a Cisco device. It is appropriate and excellent for all networks. However it might not be appropriate for all budgets. They do have a SMB series that is appropriately priced and compared to other SMB products, it is a fairly decent product.