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Cisco Secure Workload is the #6 ranked solution in top Microsegmentation Software tools, #7 ranked solution in best Cloud Security companies, and #12 ranked solution in Cloud Workload Protection Platforms. PeerSpot users give Cisco Secure Workload an average rating of 7.6 out of 10. Cisco Secure Workload is most commonly compared to Guardicore Centra: Cisco Secure Workload vs Guardicore Centra. Cisco Secure Workload is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 73% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a comms service provider, accounting for 24% of all views.
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What is Cisco Secure Workload?

Cisco Secure Workload is a cloud and data security solution that offers a zero-trust policy of keeping an organization’s application workloads safe and secure throughout the entire on-premise and cloud data center ecosystems.

Cisco Secure Workload will consistently provide protection by discovering workload process anomalies, stopping threats immediately, minimizing the risk threat surface, and aborting any lateral movement.

Today’s ecosystems are very elastic, and in the application-focused dynamic of today’s aggressive marketplace, Cisco Secure Workload delivers a robust security solution that works effectively with today’s most popular applications. The solution uniquely surrounds each and every workload to ensure organizations are able to keep their data, network, and applications safe and secure at all times. Cisco Secure Workload ensures that enterprise organizations can maintain secure applications by consistently building firewalls around every workload level throughout the entire ecosystem. The solution can manage applications that are deployed on containers, virtual machines, or bare-metal servers.

Cisco Secure workload is able to meet an organization's busy needs and offers flexible options such as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and on-premises options. Using the Secure Workload SaaS options, users receive all the benefits of Cisco Secure Workload protection without the hassle of having to deploy and maintain the platform on premises. Users are responsible for acquiring the necessary software licensing and deploying software agents. Using SaaS, Secure Workload runs in the cloud and is operated and maintained by Cisco. This option offers the ability to scale easily and is a popular choice for SaaS-first and SaaS-only clients. Many organizations find they get the best TCO and achieve the best productivity and profitability using the SaaS options.

When choosing on-premises options, organizations choose between hardware-based appliance models (large or small form factors). Platform selection is dependent on scalability goals, the desired fidelity level of flow telemetry, and the actual number of workloads. When a user chooses to configure Cisco Secure Workload for a conversation-only flow telemetry for all workloads, each platform has the capability to scale up vertically twice the default platform scale. Additionally, with Secure Workload, it is possible for the platform to be scaled horizontally in order to satisfy the demands of extra large widely distributed enterprise environments using federation capabilities.

Cisco Secure Workload also provides a robust disaster recovery (DR) tool, which helps to make it a complete, comprehensive solution. The DR allows for continuous restore and backup capabilities that enable users to quickly remediate operations and data to a standby cluster in the event of a drastic failure or disaster.

Reviews from Real Users

The solution offers 100% telemetry coverage. The telemetry you collect is not sampled, it's not intermittent. It's complete. You see everything in it, including full visibility of all activities on your endpoints and in your network. Other valuable features include vast support for annotations, flexible user applications, machine learning, automatic classification, and hierarchical policies.” - CTO at a tech vendor

Cisco Secure Workload was previously known as Cisco Tetration.

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ADP, University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC)

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What users are saying about Cisco Secure Workload pricing:
"The cost for the hardware is around 300k."

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Boris REYES - PeerSpot reviewer
Sales Manager at Compuequip DOS
Real User
Top 20
User-friendly with a good UI and helpful support
Pros and Cons
  • "It's stable."
  • "The integration could be better, especially with different types of solutions."

What is our primary use case?

We offer this solution to financial institutions. It complements the infrastructure of Cisco, routers, switches, and endpoints. 

This is part of the suite of solutions that we offer.

What is most valuable?

The solution is very user-friendly, which clients appreciate. 

The UI and GUI are fine.

It's stable. 

We can scale the product.

Technical support is helpful and responsive. 

What needs improvement?

I'm in pre-sales. I have no technical complaints in regard to the product.

The integration could be better, especially with different types of solutions.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've dealt with the solution for about ten years or so.

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What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is good. There are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The product can scale well. 

How are customer service and support?

Technical support is good. We are satisfied with their level of responsiveness. 

How would you rate customer service and support?

Positive

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I also have experience with Trend Micro. 

Trend Micro's just a niche solution. Cisco has more capabilities

How was the initial setup?

The solution's setup process isn't too easy or hard. It is moderate in terms of ease of implementation.

It's best to have one to two people available to handle deployment and maintenance. Even though one person can handle the process, it's good to have a backup if they go on vacation or take PTO. Usually, engineers can handle any task. 

What was our ROI?

We don't really look into ROI.

What other advice do I have?

We are Cisco partners and resellers.

Normally, we deal with the most up-to-date version of the solution. It's typically a requirement of the client that we provide the latest.

I'd advise potential users to watch some webinars in order to understand the tool. Normally, we offer these solutions with training. That paying a premium for a new tool is always very good advice.

I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller
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CTO at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
Real User
A solution with a straightforward setup, offering 100% telemetry coverage and good machine learning
Pros and Cons
  • "The solution offers 100% telemetry coverage. The telemetry you collect is not sampled, it's not intermittent. It's complete. You see everything in it, including full visibility of all activities on your endpoints and in your network."
  • "The multi-tenancy, redundancy, backup and restore functionalities, as well as the monitoring aspects of the solution, need improvement. The solution offers virtually no enterprise-grade possibility for monitoring."

What is most valuable?

The solution offers 100% telemetry coverage. The telemetry you collect is not sampled, it's not intermittent. It's complete. You see everything in it, including full visibility of all activities on your endpoints and in your network. 

Other valuable features include vast support for annotations, flexible user applications, machine learning, automatic classification, and hierarchical policies.

What needs improvement?

The multi-tenancy, redundancy, backup and restore functionalities, as well as the monitoring aspects of the solution, need improvement. The solution offers virtually no enterprise-grade possibility for monitoring. Example include: The onboard features do not allow remote detection of simple hardware failures. There is no backup option for the data lake. The cluster cannot be deployed in a geo-redundant setup. There is no hardware upgrade path.

For how long have I used the solution?

Our company has been using the solution for 2.5 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of the solution is good. What it really lacks is the fact it's not enterprise-grade from an operational perspective.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is linked to redundancy. You cannot seriously cluster two Tetration units that are physically apart. That doesn't work. So scalability is quite limited. You are basically locked in with the physical setups that you start with.

How are customer service and support?

The solution's technical support is average.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. It took us about three days to deploy the solution. To reach your first operational capability, from then onwards, it depends on the scenario. We usually spend weeks, if not months, in order to adapt the system to the customer's use case and this requires professional services, specific for the situation.

What other advice do I have?

We use the on-premises deployment model along with MSSP, a service provider.

I would rate the solution eight out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: System integrator and service provider.
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Muhammad  Marakkoottathil - PeerSpot reviewer
Regional Presales Consultant (INS Division) at GBM
Real User
End-to-end offering but dashboard could be more user-friendly

What is our primary use case?

Secure Workload is mainly used for micro-segmentation.

What is most valuable?

Secure Workload's best feature is that it's an end-to-end offering from Cisco.

What needs improvement?

Secure Workload is a little complicated to use, and the dashboard isn't intuitive, so it takes a while to learn how to use it.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using Secure Workload for four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Secure Workload's stability is good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Secure Workload is scalable.

How are customer service and support?

Cisco's technical support is responsive.

How would you rate customer service and support?

Positive

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I previously used VMware NSX.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward, and deployment took one to two days.

What about the implementation team?

We used a team from Cisco.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The cost for the hardware is around 300k.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend Secure Workload to other users and rate it seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Integrator.
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