Last updated on Nov 18, 2023
Cisco products necessitate a high level of operational overhead and a large number of licences. Cisco requires license to administer their APs with any of their controllers, and in some situations, licences for specific functions. As a result, wireless solution ASPs have been around 20-30% more than a competitive Fortinet quote. Customers that simply compare pricing at the hardware level may experience sticker shock as a result of this.
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Cisco isn't a security company, and the majority of their security offerings are acquired and "bolted on" to their core networking product. As a result, compared to the Fortinet solution, there is less protection and integration.
Cisco does not provide an easy way to handle all of their solution's components. While they've created Digital Network Architecture (DNA) to address this, it comes with higher expenditures and (at least for the time being) restricted support for the entire portfolio. The FortiGate UI from Fortinet manages all access layers as well as security in a single interface, resulting in a faster ramp time and lower TCO.
While Cisco does provide a cloud controller via Meraki as well as standalone administration, users must decide which option is best for them up front and are then locked into that decision. Moving to or from their cloud architecture later on is expensive, as it necessitates the creation of all new AP SKUs. Fortinet has a series of universal access points that may be utilised with any of our management systems. A customer who decides to switch management choices incurs no additional cost or inconvenience because there is no need for a licence or reconfiguration.
Customers do not have access to a free tier of Cisco's location analytics product. This hinders the majority of customers from seeing the benefit that location analytics may provide.
The Secure Unified Access Solution was created by Fortinet to address security protection against data breaches and cybersecurity threats at the access layer.
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The Security Fabric from Fortinet is a comprehensive solution that includes:
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Universal APs: This set of access points is compatible with any management system.
Cisco's wireless LAN strategy targets both large and small businesses, as well as service providers, horizontally. They have the best success selling to accounts that aren't price sensitive and are open to Cisco's one-stop shop concept. Be aware that you may be dealing with many Cisco product portfolios rather than simply one. Meraki, SMB solutions, Mobility Express with embedded controller features, or the corporate solution with a real or virtual WLC are all options. Each has its own set of features and pricing range.
To cope with the increased bandwidth and features, Cisco had to discard the access points' IOS® code, which necessitated extensive rewriting and stabilisation work. In all modes, including FlexConnect and Mobility Express, it still has a large number of unfixed problems and lacks feature parity. The next generation of controllers will also be built on entirely new code (APIC-EM and elastic controllers), which will take years to perfect. Customers are well aware of this and are cautious of it.
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Through this blog, we have analysed Fortinet and Cisco through comparisons made on security, solutions, features, etc.
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