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Pros
"Web filtering is a big improvement for us. The previous version we used, the AC520, did not have that feature included. It was not very easy for us, especially because the environment had to be isolated and we needed to get updates from outside, such as Windows patches. That feature has really helped us when we are going outside to pull those patches.""We have not had to deal with stability issues.""It has a good security level. It is a next-generation firewall. It can protect from different types of attacks. We have enabled IPS and IDS.""Firepower has been used for quite a few enterprise clients. Most of our clients are Fortune 500 and Firepower is used to improve their end to end firewall functionality.""Feature-wise, we mostly use IPS because it is a security requirement to protect against attacks from outside and inside. This is where IPS helps us out a bunch.""I like the firewall features, Snort, and the Intrusion Prevention System (IPS).""Provides good integrations and reporting.""The feature set is fine and is rarely a problem."

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"Good performance, stability, and virtual domain ability.""Overall, the pricing of the solution is very good. The product offers good value.""The ease of setting the solution up is a valuable aspect for us.""The application control features, such as Facebook blocking and Spotify blocking, are the most valuable.""The web filtering facility and application control are the most valuable features from the point of view of our clients. The VPN feature is also quite popular amongst our clients. Two-factor authentication is one of the good features in Fortinet. These features are important for the current scenario of security. Security has become a necessity nowadays. With cyber-attacks becoming more common, protecting an organization's data is one of the major tasks. It is also very stable and scalable, and it is very straightforward to configure. Their technical support is also good.""The main reason why I purchased the particular unit was that it had good reviews and what other people were saying as far as its completeness and its leading capabilities in terms of endpoint security was very good.""SSL-VPN is very useful for us and has been very reliable.""I think that the UTM features are the most value, as it truly protects my infrastructure."

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"I have used technical support quite a bit, and they are really good.""The EEE security controls allow us to make policy restrictions, so I can customize port numbers to allow or limit control.""Performance is a strong point.""Troubleshooting with the solution is quite easy. If you compare the process to, for example, Fortigate, Juniper is much easier.""Technical support is good. They quickly respond, and they even have local help here. They can actually give you an answer very quickly.""The most valuable feature is robustness.""The GUI is simple to use.""The user interface is good."

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Cons
"The visibility for VPN is one big part. The policy administration could be improved in terms of customizations and flexibility for changing it to our needs.""The initial setup can be a bit complex for those unfamiliar with the solution.""I believe that the current feature set of the device is very good and the only thing that Cisco should work on is improving the user experience with the device.""Web filtering needs improvement because sometimes the URL is miscategorized.""Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall can be more secure.""Deploying configurations takes longer than it should.""I would like it to have faster deployment times. A typical deployment could take two to three minutes. Sometimes, it depends on the situation. It is better than it was in the past, but it could always use improvement.""One issue with Firepower Management Center is deployment time. It takes seven to 10 minutes and that's a long time for deployment. In that amount of time, management or someone else can ask me to change something or to provide permissions, but during that time, doing so is not possible. It's a drawback with Cisco. Other vendors, like Palo Alto or Fortinet do not have this deployment time issue."

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"FortiGate support could do some improvements on their IPv6 configuration. Right now it's still in the very early stage for utilizing in an enterprise level network environment.""The biggest "gotcha" is that if the client purchases what they call the UTM shared bundle, which has unified threat management on both, it's not as easy to manage if you have more than one firewall.""The license renewal process, annual renewal price, and the web application firewall features should be improved.""There are just some services that aren't available. For example, the Ethernet or point-to-point protocols. They could add these services to their product offering - especially services for ISPs.""The performance and speed are aspects of the solution that could always be improved upon.""In the next release, maybe the documentation on how to use this solution could be improved.""The support system could be improved.""There are some license issues. Not every feature must have a separate license. There must be some of kind synergy between the license so we don't have to pay for every individual license that we would like to have."

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"Their models for service providers could improve.""The configuration is difficult and it should be easier.""The training videos that are available need to be improved, and made more educative.""It could be more secure.""We purchased three devices and all three have been replaced under RMA.""There are a lot of features that customers do not know about and I think that better documentation would help when it comes to learning how to use the product.""The setup process should be improved.""The interface could be more user-friendly."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Cisco pricing is premium. However, they gave us a 50 to 60 percent discount."
  • "There are additional implementation and validation costs."
  • "Cisco, as we all know, is expensive, but for the money you are paying, you know that you are also getting top-notch documentation as well as support if needed."
  • "This product requires licenses for advanced features including Snort, IPS, and malware detection."
  • "This product is expensive."
  • "For me, personally, as an individual, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall is expensive."
  • "The price of Firepower is not bad compared to other products."
  • "The solution was chosen because of its price compared to other similar solutions."
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  • "Fortinet is the least expensive solution."
  • "It's very affordable."
  • "Setup cost may be not so low, as you expect, because it depends on different factors, but TCO for 5 years may pleasantly surprise you."
  • "The Indian market is different than the European and American markets. When you compare they need to be a bit more aggressive on pricing."
  • "I think that the pricing is fair."
  • "For our organization, the licensing costs are approximately $7,000 per year."
  • "It's an expensive solution."
  • "The price is okay."
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  • "Compared to other vendors, the pricing of this solution is good."
  • "The product itself is costly and the price of migration is very high."
  • "This is an expensive product."
  • "The price is reasonable."
  • "The price could improve, it is a bit expensive."
  • "Its price is reasonable. In India, most of the products have a similar price. There is only a 5% to 10% variation in the price of different brands."
  • "There is a licensing fee."
  • "In general, their price definitely couldn't be cheaper."
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    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    Cisco Firepower NGFW, Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall, FirePOWER, Cisco NGFWv
    FortiGate 60b, FortiGate 60c, FortiGate 80c, FortiGate 50b, FortiGate 200b, FortiGate 110c, FortiGate
    SRX
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    Overview

    Cisco NGFW firewalls deliver advanced threat defense capabilities to meet diverse needs, from
    small/branch offices to high performance data centers and service providers. Available in a wide
    range of models, Cisco NGFW can be deployed as a physical or virtual appliance. Advanced threat
    defense capabilities include Next-generation IPS (NGIPS), Security Intelligence (SI), Advanced
    Malware Protection (AMP), URL filtering, Application Visibility and Control (AVC), and flexible VPN
    features. Inspect encrypted traffic and enjoy automated risk ranking and impact flags to reduce event
    volume so you can quickly prioritize threats. Cisco NGFW firewalls are also available with clustering
    for increased performance, high availability configurations, and more.
    Cisco Firepower NGFWv is the virtualized version of Cisco's Firepower NGFW firewall. Widely
    deployed in leading private and public clouds, Cisco NGFWv automatically scales up/down to meet
    the needs of dynamic cloud environments and high availability provides resilience. Also, Cisco NGFWv
    can deliver micro-segmentation to protect east-west network traffic.
    Cisco firewalls provide consistent security policies, enforcement, and protection across all your
    environments. Unified management for Cisco ASA and FTD/NGFW physical and virtual firewalls is
    delivered by Cisco Defense Orchestrator (CDO), with cloud logging also available. And with Cisco
    SecureX included with every Cisco firewall, you gain a cloud-native platform experience that enables
    greater simplicity, visibility, and efficiency.
    Learn more about Cisco’s firewall solutions, including virtual appliances for public and private cloud.

    The FortiGate family of NG firewalls provides proven protection with unmatched performance across the network, from internal segments, to data centers, to cloud environments. FortiGates are available in a large range of sizes and form factors and are key components of the Fortinet Security Fabric, which enables immediate, intelligent defense against known and new threats throughout the entire network.

    High-performance security with advanced, integrated threat intelligence, delivered on the industry's most scalable and resilient platform. SRX Series gateways set new benchmarks with 100GbE interfaces and feature Express Path technology, which enables up to 1 Tbps performance for the data center.
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    Sample Customers
    Rackspace, The French Laundry, Downer Group, Lewisville School District, Shawnee Mission School District, Lower Austria Firefighters Administration, Oxford Hospital, SugarCreek, Westfield
    Pittsburgh Steelers, LUSH Cosmetics, NASDAQ, Verizon, Arizona State University, Levi Strauss & Co. Whitepaper and case studies here
    7-Eleven, AARNet Pty Ltd, Allegro Networks, alltours GmbH, Apollo Hotel Papendrecht, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Atlantech Online, Availity, Bajaj Capital, Baloise Insurance, BancABC, BAS Group, Black Lotus, Blue Box, Borealis, Carilion Clinic, Catholic Health System, CATV, Champlain College, Chinas Ministry of Railways, China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT), Cloud Dynamics, CloudSeeds, Cloudwatt, CODONiS, Colt Technology Services, Cork Internet Exchange, CSS Versicherung AG, CyrusOne, Danish Crown, Deloitte Belgium, Department of Energy, Divona Telecom, DQE Communications, DreamHost, European Government Agency, Expedient, Financial Market Information Services Provider, Fluidata, Fonality, Fox Sports, Global Financial Institution, Global Investment Bank, Global Investment Company, Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), Goethe University, HEAnet, High Performance Networks Inc., Hillenbrand
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    Comms Service Provider22%
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Non Profit8%
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    Comms Service Provider33%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company4%
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    Comms Service Provider14%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
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    Comms Service Provider37%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Government5%
    Educational Organization4%
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    Comms Service Provider43%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
    Computer Software Company6%
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    Comms Service Provider37%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Government6%
    Financial Services Firm3%
    Company Size
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    Small Business43%
    Midsize Enterprise28%
    Large Enterprise29%
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    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise66%
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    Small Business48%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise27%
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    Small Business35%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
    Large Enterprise40%
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    Small Business41%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise37%
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    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise45%
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    Fortinet FortiGate is ranked 1st in Firewalls with 98 reviews while Juniper SRX is ranked 14th in Firewalls with 35 reviews. Fortinet FortiGate is rated 8.4, while Juniper SRX is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Fortinet FortiGate writes "Stable, easy to set up, and offers good ROI". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Juniper SRX writes "This best in class Next-Gen firewall is elegant in its ease-of-use and architecture". Fortinet FortiGate is most compared with Cisco ASA Firewall, pfSense, Check Point NGFW, Meraki MX and Palo Alto Networks NG Firewalls, whereas Juniper SRX is most compared with Cisco ASA Firewall, Palo Alto Networks WildFire, pfSense, Meraki MX and Palo Alto Networks VM-Series. See our Fortinet FortiGate vs. Juniper SRX report.

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