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Pros
"The setup is quick and easy on the client-side.""Advanced malware protection helps us to prevent any virus from contaminating computers. We also have DLP for prevention. And AnyConnect has a feature that lets us do some sandboxing to evaluate files that arrive from the outside. So before opening them, we can check them with the sandbox.""We have plans to increase the usage of this solution, it can scale well.""The most valuable features are that it is really secure and very easy to use.""Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is very stable.""Especially during the COVID pandemic, this solution has allowed us to work from home without security concerns.""The solution works very well. You just click and it's working.""The solution has good performance. It is a simple tool to use, once I turn on Windows it automatically starts to use the VPN."

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"There is support for multi-factor authentication.""It was very easy to set up users.""OpenVPN Access Server is cheap, and we get to use it ourselves. It is also a stable solution."

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Cons
"Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client would be perfect if it weren't for the fingerprint feature.""Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is a stable solution. However, there have been times it has not worked and I needed to call our IT department. It could be more stable.""Even when your internet speed is good, once you connect to the VPN the speed gets automatically reduced, which is worrisome.""The configuration from the client-side would be useful. Right now, it's not centralized. There should be a lock so that it can only be configured from one place.""Sometimes when you are on the VPN, it can be a little bit slow.""I think, in general, most of the applications are slow, but this is everyday stuff. I think this is more related to the link speed — the links, the lossage, etc.""I think that the addition of single sign-on functionality would be helpful.""All I care about is being connected and I know that we've run into versioning issues in the past."

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"The security needs to be improved because it was a complaint that our customers had.""It is not scalable.""The high availability deployment is not very straightforward. They can make it simpler. OpenVPN does not support some of the additional protocols that Pulse Secure and Cisco AnyConnect support. They can include support for these additional protocols."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The pricing depends on the requirement, so proper planning and an RF analysis help to properly size the solution and get the best pricing."
  • "The licensing costs are reasonable."
  • "We pay for an annual subscription. Additionally to the subscription, we thought in order to connect this solution to the Active Directory we had to purchase a Cisco ACS, Access Control System. It turns out we did not actually need it."
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  • "It is an open-source solution, so we don't pay for anything."
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    Questions from the Community
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    Some of the main features of the solution are it has the ability to integrate with our Active Directory to allow each user to have one less password to have to remember and it has great functionality.
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    We pay for an annual subscription. Additionally to the subscription, we thought in order to connect this solution to the Active Directory we had to purchase a Cisco ACS, Access Control System. It… more »
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    There is one very specific improvement that could be done regarding users logging in. When a user logs in with an expired password we did not know that the password reset function would prompt them… more »
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    Fortinet FortiClient is a feature-rich solution that is easy to use and deploy without sacrificing safety and security. It has a very fast connection rate and has a built-in VPN. With this solution… more »
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    OpenVPN Access Server is cheap, and we get to use it ourselves. It is also a stable solution.
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    It is an open-source solution, so we don't pay for anything.
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    Also Known As
    Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility, AnyConnect Secure Mobility, Cisco AnyConnect, AnyConnect
    OpenVPN
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    Overview

    As mobile workers roam to different locations, an always-on intelligent VPN helps AnyConnect client devices to automatically select the optimal network access point and adapt its tunneling protocol to the most efficient method. This may include voice over IP (VoIP) traffic, TCP-based application access, or Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS) protocol for latency-sensitive traffic.

    OpenVPN is an open-source software application that implements virtual private network techniques for creating secure point-to-point or site-to-site connections in routed or bridged configurations and remote access facilities.

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    Sample Customers
    MST, Molina Healthcare, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, Arup, New South Wales Rural FireService
    Verizon, Amazon, Disney, HP, Microsoft, IBM, Samsung
    Top Industries
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    Computer Software Company31%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Energy/Utilities Company13%
    Wireless Company6%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider26%
    Computer Software Company22%
    Government7%
    Financial Services Firm4%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider39%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Government7%
    Media Company4%
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    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise50%
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    Small Business73%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise9%
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    Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is ranked 4th in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN with 13 reviews while OpenVPN Access Server is ranked 6th in Enterprise Infrastructure VPN with 3 reviews. Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is rated 8.6, while OpenVPN Access Server is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client writes "Plenty of functionality, integrates with Active Directory, and highly scalable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of OpenVPN Access Server writes "Easy to set up and use, offers multi-factor authentication, and technical support is good". Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client is most compared with Zscaler Private Access, Fortinet FortiClient, Check Point Remote Access VPN, Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks and Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway, whereas OpenVPN Access Server is most compared with Fortinet FortiClient, Pulse Connect Secure, Check Point Remote Access VPN, Microsoft Azure VPN Gateway and Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks. See our Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client vs. OpenVPN Access Server report.

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