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"The solution is good to use and easy to handle and manage from the centralized location or from the cloud.""The most valuable features are zero-disk provisioning and link load balancing on an application basis.""It is really easy to deploy and use. It is also easy to use for failovers and designing solutions. The rollout is really quick. It is easy to adjust and roll out.""The deployment is quite simple and straightforward.""Any technical support we needed was great.""The product's brand recognition is one of the most valuable aspects of the solution.""Configuration interfaces are quite easy and intuitive. Being a part of the Cisco environment, Cisco SD-WAN is quite straightforward.""The centralized management is the most important feature. We can monitor what is going on at every location in our network with just one center."

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"I don't have anything bad to say about the product. I absolutely love it.""The people we deal with is a local partner in Cambodia and we can get good support from them.""When comparing this solution to others this one has better reporting, user management, and is easy to use.""The feature that we like the most about Forcepoint is that we know the technology and have confidence in it. We can have several functionalities to simplify operations and management. We can combine functionalities like log ownership to review the number of devices in the infrastructure.""The most valuable feature is SD-WAN.""I like the IPS. IPS is the master feature. I depend on the firewall and sandbox.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the support.""Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall is very simple, easy to use, and flexible."

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"Technical support could be more helpful and responsive.""The client portal needs to be improved in order to make the solution much better.""Since most user-data is going through the solution, we are concerned about security, as all the information is in the cloud and not on-premises. The user data authentification should be higher to better prevent malicious attacks.""Cisco products are a little bit complicated, so making them a little bit easier would be an improvement.""We don't have any issues with this solution other than the price.""The security features could be improved.""The whole solution needs to be re-imagined. It's quite complex right now and really needs to be simplified to make it easier for those of us using it. It should offer more simplified management as well.""Compresson deduplication should be added."

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"The ability to dynamically change policies could be improved.""My team is looking for more throughput and better integration with our security framework.""Management could be better. They can improve the management. I think all our customers can't accept firewalls that have standalone management. So, they prefer Fortinet or Palo Alto. But overall, inspection and other features are working fine.""They need to work on stability, it has not been the best in our experience.""Forcepoint is a little difficult to configure compared to its competitors.""Something that I've noticed that Forcepoint lacks, is the training that they offer to their end-customers""If I want to allow access to Facebook, yet not allow the user to access videos, then I am not able to do it with this product.""Making this solution easier to use would be an improvement."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"In the Russian market where we operate, this solution is expensive.""The pricing of this solution is very expensive.""It is expensive. The license limitation is there in terms of bandwidth. Basically, Cisco is always good in terms of performance and related things. However, if you want to have a license, for example, for 100 Mbps, they charge you because of their 100 Mbps. If you want to go without the license of 300 Mbps, it is a bandwidth license as well. This is not happening with other vendors. That is the reason why we moved away from Cisco. The bill gets a little bit high. I do remember that one time we were trying to increase the bandwidth for at least five devices, and the license got as high as 20-grand for five devices, only for the license. It was expensive for us at the time. Our company is not a big company, but it is a solid company. The price was very high, and we moved away from Cisco because of the price.""You have to pay between 3000 and 10,000 euros, or something in that range. The core switches Nexus cost me between 10,000 and 20,000 euros.""The price is high.""Licensing is on a subscription basis.""Cisco's pricing is not entirely satisfactory when you compare the SD-WAN solutions in Asian markets — like the South Asian market in Sri Lanka — because there are several competing brands including Fortinet and Citrix, who provide much the same product for a generally lower price. And when it comes to firewall vendors like Palo Alto and SonicWall, they're also selling here. It's the same with VMware, too; they have much the same features.""We pay for the Cisco Customer Care support, which is a couple of hundred dollars."

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"We would love to take other solution from Forcepoint, but unfortunately the price is too high. That's why we are not considering using Forcepoing for our proxy and DLB. They have a very good DLB, but the matter in the end is the cost.""It is expensive.""We have found the price could be reduced. It is a little expensive.""The training that they offer to their end-customers. It's quite expensive, I believe it costs roughly $11,000""It could be cheaper like Fortinet.""I consider Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall's price to be good.""Everything in Forcepoint comes with an individual license, which is kind of a problem. In our last meeting, they said that it may change at the beginning of 2021, and they will try to merge some licenses together. Customers will get more features than what they got previously. We will wait and see.""We have just a subscription for the cloud, and this license is great. The license is so good."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Load balancing is a feature that allows us to take the best of our links and distribute the load intelligently, always with an eye on the end-customer experience.
Top Answer: It is not the cheapest solution on the market, however, without a doubt, it is one of the options that best handles complex topologies. Therefore there is a need to know more accurately what the… more »
Top Answer: It is transversal to all industries. What is important is to work on the costs of the solution. On the technical side, manufacturer-independent solutions should be able to handle different topologies… more »
Top Answer: I like the IPS. IPS is the master feature. I depend on the firewall and sandbox.
Top Answer: We have just a subscription for the cloud, and this license is great. The license is so good.
Top Answer: Management could be better. They can improve the management. I think all our customers can't accept firewalls that have standalone management. So, they prefer Fortinet or Palo Alto. But overall… more »
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Forcepoint NGFW, Stonesoft Next Generation Firewall, McAfee Network Security Platform, Intel Security Network Security Platform
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Overview

Deploy software-defined WAN without compromising the application experience.

Forcepoint Stonesoft Next Generation Firewall protects enterprise networks with high-performance "intelligence aware" security supported by real-time updates. This enables Stonesoft to deliver the industry's best defense against advanced evasions, alone with complete next-generation firewall protection when and where you need it - at remote sites, branch offices, data centers, and the network edge.
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Top Industries
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Comms Service Provider50%
Transportation Company10%
Real Estate/Law Firm10%
Computer Software Company10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider38%
Computer Software Company22%
Manufacturing Company4%
Government4%
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Comms Service Provider36%
Computer Software Company27%
Energy/Utilities Company9%
University9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company23%
Government7%
Energy/Utilities Company4%
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Small Business47%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise37%
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Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise60%
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Small Business62%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise23%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco SD-WAN vs. Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Cisco SD-WAN is ranked 2nd in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 41 reviews while Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall is ranked 5th in Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) Solutions with 19 reviews. Cisco SD-WAN is rated 8.0, while Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Cisco SD-WAN writes "Stable, cutting-edge, and robust". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall writes "Good console management, but the interface is not user-friendly and application filtering needs finer granularity". Cisco SD-WAN is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, VMware SD-WAN, Versa FlexVNF, Meraki SD-WAN and Citrix SD-WAN, whereas Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Palo Alto Networks Threat Prevention, Darktrace, pfSense and Check Point NGFW. See our Cisco SD-WAN vs. Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall report.

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