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Cisco Secure Workload Competitors and Alternatives

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Amith Rao
Senior Network Security Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
Get great visibility into vulnerabilities through micro-segmentation

Pros and Cons

  • "This tool greatly helps in understanding the footprint of the attacks."
  • "The interface and dashboard are amazing."
  • "The product needs a few features like enhanced user policies and payload-level inspection to improve the offering."

What is our primary use case?

We are a partner, not a customer. We would like to be in a position of trying to provide consultation for this solution and delivery of the product to clients. So, we have partnered with Guardicore in India and we are trying to sell this product and that is our primary use case. The primary use case that we are implementing this product for with clients is micro-segmentation.  

How has it helped my organization?

This particular product has a deployment model both in public and private clouds and on-premises. We are pitching it to all of our customers, irrespective of the regulations that they must follow. Some customers are in the government sector, for example, and they will need to go on-premises. There are some customers like IT service-based companies that have most of their infrastructure in the cloud, and those can use cloud-based services. What the client wants and needs totally depends on the type of client they are. We have an advantage with this product in offering it both ways — on cloud and on-premises — to meet the client's needs.

What is most valuable?

The most important feature or use case, because of micro-segmentation, is the visibility you get when you deploy this product. It will give you very good visibility of your whole data center. The second thing that is valuable is the lateral movement. Often when there is a compromise of vulnerabilities in the organization, this tool greatly helps in understanding the footprint of the attacks. It also helps in stopping the lateral movement of the attack.  

What needs improvement?

Predominantly I have been working with firewalls and the UTM (Unified Threat Management) solutions for some time. Guardicore has to do something to add on features that help to do a better job of inspection.  

They should have policies based on users. Often we can only add user groups. I think they should offer the ability to assign policies to individual users. The ability to assign policies to both users and groups would make the area of creating policies more flexible. They should also have time-based rules in the policies which they currently do not have.  

They should also get into payload-level inspection. As of now, what they do for threat inspection is to look at the metadata of a packet. This is not in depth enough for proper inspection. They need to start inspecting the payload-level information of a packet or offer this as an option.  

So they should have payload-level inspections to do some deep investigation. Then they should have more user-level control of policies. I think if these two things are introduced, then I could probably change my rating of Guardicore to a nine-out-of-ten.  

For how long have I used the solution?

We have just recently started working with Guardicore. Six months ago we began working on the POC (Proof of Concept) and we have still not finished so we have yet to deploy the product to production.  

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I cannot comment on stability under higher loads because we have not yet deployed it and exposed it to live traffic. We are still in the testing and evaluation phase.  

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I think it is an amazing product in terms of scalability.  

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not had any experience with technical support because we are not in production. Once we deploy the solution to our customers, that is when I think we will be making more use of support resources.  

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

Earlier we worked more in the firewall space. That is, we worked with Check Point a lot. It was maybe for a period of five years. Then from firewalls, which is a UTM solution, we are trying to move into the new world technologies. That would be things like dedicated security solutions that cover more than what firewalls do.  

As an employee, I am not sure what my organization has gone through in making evaluations and comparisons. I am sure that they have evaluated other products like Illumio, Cisco Tetration, and Guardicore. I do not know, out of all their testing and research, specifically why they found Guardicore to be more a valuable solution. I think these people may be more focused on what they are doing rather than how it is getting done.  

How was the initial setup?

The installation and setup are pretty straightforward.  

What other advice do I have?

Right now, I would definitely recommend Guardicore for someone who is looking into the micro-segmentation space or probably an internal firewall for the organization.  

On a scale from one to ten (where one is the worst and ten is the best), I would rate Guardicore Centra as probably an eight-out-of-ten.  

The interface and dashboard are amazing. I would rate the user interface as a ten-out-of-ten. For other reasons having to do with features and functionality, I have to mark them down a few points.  

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: partner
MD.SIHAB TALUKDAR
System Engineer at a non-profit with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Stable, reasonable support, and it is priced well compared to some products

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable features are stability and low cost."
  • "There are always issues integrating with Cisco."

What is our primary use case?

This is a product for network security, and network management. 

We don't use it at the production level. I am conducting a PoC.

We are using this in our testing data center and not in our live data center. This infrastructure contains many security devices from other vendors such as Palo Alto.

We are also using vSAN and vCenter.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are stability and low cost.

What needs improvement?

There are always issues integrating with Cisco.

Switching is always a big problem for us because our switch is not supported.

If the integration was more open, then it would be good.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using VMware NSX for three years.

We are using the latest version, and we already want to upgrade it.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's a stable solution. We plan to continue using it.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There are three users in our organization who are using this solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

VMware technical support is good but we find that the Cisco support is better for us.

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

This product is better for network security than Cisco ASA and Firepower.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward but still takes time.

It takes longer to deploy than Cisco products. It takes between three and seven days to deploy,

We had a team of five for deployment. Two are from our company and three were from the vendor.

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

We have a license.

It is an expensive product, but cheaper than some competing solutions.

What other advice do I have?

It's a good product.

This is a solution that I recommend.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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