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2019-03-28T08:19:00Z

What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall?

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Top 20Reseller

With any vendor, prices are often a little bit negotiable. There are things like discounted rates. There's a list price and then, as a partner, we get a discounted rate based on how much product we're purchasing and our relationship with the vendor. But on the list-price side of things, there are three big licenses on an FTD [Firepower Threat Defense] box. There are the malware license, the threat license, and the URL filtering license. You can license them in one-year, three-year, and five-year increments. Each license will enable different features on the box. The malware license will enable AMP filtering or AMP detection. The threat detection enables use of the IPS solution, which is really Snort's bread and butter. And the URL filtering enables filtering based on URL categories. Sometimes we use URL filtering and sometimes we don't. It depends on the customer and on whether they have a different URL filtering strategy, like Umbrella. The two big ones that we sell are malware and threat detection, with threat detection probably being the license we sell the most. SMARTnet, the technical support component, covers the box. When you purchase the hardware, you buy it with SMARTnet. Licenses cover features, SMARTnet covers support.

2021-09-14T14:27:00Z
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Top 20Real User

Pricing is the same as other competitors. It is comparable. The licensing has gotten better. It has been easier with Smart Licensing. There are additional costs, but that depends on the feature sets that you get. However, that is the same with any firewall vendor at this point.

2021-08-25T17:02:00Z
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Top 5Real User

Its price is in the middle range. Both Firepower and FortiGate are not cheap. Palo Alto and Check Point are the cheapest ones. I don't remember any costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.

2021-08-24T04:48:00Z
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Real User

When we are fighting against other competitors for customers, whether it is a small or big business, we feel very comfortable with the price that Firepower has today.

2021-07-28T10:22:00Z
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Real User

Its pricing is good and competitive. There is a maintenance cost. It includes SecureX that makes it cost-effective as compared to the other solutions where you have to pay for XDR and SOAR capabilities.

2021-07-15T16:04:00Z
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Top 20Real User

This solution is expensive and other solutions, such as FortiGate, are cheaper.

2021-06-27T09:39:30Z
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Top 20Real User

For us, the pricing was more economical than other products we used. There were no extra costs.

2021-04-13T13:39:00Z
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Top 5Real User

I like the Smart Licensing, because it is more dynamic and easier to keep track of where you are at. If we have a high availability firewall pair and they are deployed in active/standby rather than active/active, I would expect that we would only pay for one set of licenses because you are using only one firewall at any one time. The other is there just for resiliency. The licensing, from a Firepower perspective, still requires you to have two licenses, even if the firewalls are in active/standby, which means that you pay for the two licenses, even though you might only be using one firewall any one time. This is probably not the best way to do it and doesn't represent the best value for money. This could be looked at to see if it could be done in a fairer way. For example, you can only deploy MX firewalls in active/standby. There are no other options. You only need one license for those firewalls because you can only use one at a time. This seems quite fair. They may need to look again at this from a Firepower perspective.

2021-02-22T20:01:00Z
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Top 5Real User

I know that licensing for some of the advanced solutions, like Intrusion Prevention and Secure Malware Analytics, are nominal costs.

2021-02-09T01:25:00Z
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Top 5Real User

The price for Firepower is more expensive than FortiGate. The licensing is very complex. We usually ask for help from Solutel because of its complexity. I have a Cisco account where I can download the VPN client, then connect. Instead, I create an issue with Solutel, then Solutel solves the case. Our license for Firepower is their best license.

2021-02-02T22:07:00Z
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Top 20Real User

With any solution from anybody, I always think that licensing is a little high — but it's comparable to other companies. It definitely competes with the other vendors in the market.

2021-02-01T15:40:00Z
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Top 20MSP

The cost of the solution is quite high. It's very expensive compared to other options. For example, Fortinet is much more reasonably priced.

2021-01-31T06:58:30Z
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Top 20MSP

People have said that Palo Alto is a less expensive solution than Cisco, but in my experience, at least from today, Cisco is cheaper than Palo Alto.

2021-01-30T11:43:23Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The price is comparable.

2021-01-29T19:23:57Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The price of Firepower is not bad compared to other products.

2021-01-14T15:25:12Z
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Top 10Real User

The solution was chosen because of its price compared to other similar solutions.

2020-12-27T09:06:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

For me, personally, as an individual, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall is expensive. But it should be affordable for enterprises and educational institutions.

2020-12-19T23:58:40Z
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Top 20Real User

I don't have any knowledge as to what the product costs. It's not part of the business I deal with. Palo Alto, it's my understanding, is a little more expensive, however, it depends on the users and on the design. It always depends on the contract

2020-11-27T17:49:41Z
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Top 10MSP

This product is expensive.

2020-11-25T18:49:00Z
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Top 20Consultant

You do need to pay for the software license. In general, it's a moderately expensive solution. It's not the cheapest on the market.

2020-11-18T18:04:57Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

This product requires licenses for advanced features including Snort, IPS, and malware detection.

2020-11-12T17:12:29Z
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Top 5Real User

Cisco falls somewhere in the middle in terms of pricing, it's not very expensive and it's not very cheap. There is an additional accessory fee associated with Cisco but normally they have a separate subscription cost for different types of security to protect the firewall. There are separate bundles available inside the pricing and that's probably true for all of the firewalls.

2020-11-10T15:08:05Z
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Top 20Real User

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. In some cases, this may save you a lot of money or stress, which is why everyone who uses Cisco solutions loves them.

2020-10-09T08:56:00Z
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Top 5Real User

In my country, deployment may be charged from USD 1K to USD 10K depending on setup cost. There are different types of licenses: * Threat * URL * Anti-malware I would suggest going with an all-in-one bundle. You will end up saving money. Also, Cisco has a better discount on a 3YR subscription plan. Discuss this with your Cisco AM.

2020-05-25T08:21:00Z
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Top 5Real User

Cisco pricing is premium. However, they gave us a 50 to 60 percent discount. There are additional implementation and validation costs.

2020-05-17T07:17:00Z
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Top 5Real User

Be careful

2020-03-23T06:14:00Z
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Real User

The one-time cost is affordable, but the maintenance cost and the Smart Net costs need to be reduced. They're too high. A company like ours, that has about 80 firewalls, has to multiple the maintenance cost per device by 80. Cisco should find a way to provide some kind of enterprise support. We don't want to buy support per unit of equipment. It would be easier for everybody.

2019-10-15T05:02:00Z
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Real User

Cisco changed its price model with the new FTD line, where the appliances are a bit cheaper but the licensing is a bit more expensive. But that's not only Cisco, a lot of suppliers are doing that. I don't remember a lot of the licensing for Fortinet and Check Point, but Cisco's pricing is high, at times, for what they provide.

2019-10-15T05:02:00Z
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Real User

Our subscription costs, just for the firewalls, is between $400,000 and $500,000 a year. In addition, there is Smart Net, but the subscription base is the most substantial. In an environment like ours where you're only looking at a little over 1,000 users, when you start figuring out it all, it's basically $400 a user per year to license our Cisco firewalls. Cisco is very good. From everything I've seen, I truly believe that they lead the industry in all of this, but you do pay for it.

2019-09-27T04:38:00Z
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Real User

We're going to get to a point, not this year and not the coming year, probably going into 2021, where we're going to want to replace the ASA appliances with either virtuals or actual physicals. But the Firepower series of appliances is not cheap. I just got a quote recently for six firewalls that was in the range of over half-a-million dollars. That's what could push us to look to other vendors, if the price tag is just so up there. I'm using these words "fictitiously," but if it's going to be outlandish, as a customer, we would have to do our due diligence and look at other solutions at that point. In addition to that cost, there are licensing fees for some of the individual things like AMP, the IPS/IDS piece. It depends on what you want to use, such as the SSL piece and the VPN piece, which we don't use.

2019-09-12T09:06:00Z
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Real User

The price of this solution is not good or bad. It is ok.

2019-08-28T09:52:00Z
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Real User

The pricing is overrated. Prices for Cisco equipment are always a little bit higher than other vendors. Customers are always complaining about the high prices of Cisco equipment, so it would be very good if these prices can be lowered down, but that's how it is. Cisco equipment usually has higher prices than its competitors.

2019-08-25T05:17:00Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We normally license on a yearly basis. The hardware procurement cost should be considered. If you're virtual maybe that cost is eradicated and just the licensing cost is applied. If you have hardware the cost must be covered by you. All the shipping charges will be paid by you also. I don't think there are any other hidden charges though.

2019-05-13T08:56:00Z
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Real User

The license in my country is available to subscribe for three years or one year. We wanted to go with the solutions for embedding a two-year subscription, but this was not possible. The Cisco licensing agreement in Bangladesh is different than the one in India and in Dubai. It is not a problem, but if you want to subscribe to the yearly subscription, the original cost is really high. Also, if you go for an anti-virus, you pay for an additional yearly subscription. When we push customers to implement Cisco solutions, they can manage the subscription cost of Cisco internally to access these important solutions long term. Our clients have been able to secure surprisingly efficient service with the Cisco Firepower NGFW firewall solution.

2019-03-28T08:19:00Z
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