OpenDNS Alternative

Many businesses have started looking for an OpenDNS alternative, as while Cisco’s DNS filtering and cloud security solution in an accomplished and comprehensive product, it is rather expensive and a lot of the features of the solution are over and above what many businesses need.

While it is possible to reduce the OpenDNS Umbrella cost by opting for the most basic package, this will create gaps in what you are able to filter, which is far from ideal. If you choose an OpenDNS alternative it will most likely not have the security gaps and will also be available at a much reduced cost, as the price of Cisco Umbrella is at the top end of the price spectrum for a DNS filter.

What is clear is you will need to have a DNS filtering solution in place, as the threat of web-based attacks has increased considerably in recent years. If you fail to filter out malicious content, the cost to your business from malware, ransomware, and phishing attacks is likely to be well above the cost of implementing a DNS filtering solution.

OpenDNS Umbrella Pricing

OpenDNS Umbrella pricing increased following the acquisition by Cisco and there was a further price increase when the Professional, Insights, and Platform packages were changed to the new OpenDNS Umbrella packages, which are:

  • DNS Security Essentials
  • DNS Security Advantage
  • DNS Secure Internet Gateway (SIG) Essentials

The most basic DNS filtering solution – DNS Security Essentials – is the lowest cost solution, which only includes basic DNS filtering features. This product is best suited to small businesses – coffee shops for instance – that only want to provide a secure and safe Wi-Fi service.

The next tier, DNS Security Advantage, includes all the features of the basic product with added features such as a selective proxy, SSL decryption and inspection for risky websites, and Umbrella Investigate for more in-depth investigations. This version also makes integration with other tools and systems more straightforward. The top-level solution includes a secure web gateway, cloud-delivered firewall, cloud access security broker, and all the features of the second-tier package. Price increase with each product package.

OpenDNS Umbrella pricing is complicated by the fact that there are many add-ons, which come at an additional cost. Many OpenDNS alternatives include these as standard, such as full product support (only basic support is included as standard with the Umbrella packages). You must also pay extra for “on the go” remote agents and software updates.

You will not find details of OpenDNS Umbrella pricing on the Cisco website, instead you need to submit an enquiry to obtain a custom quote.

Based on prices published on reseller websites before February 2020, the standard cost for the DNS Security Essentials package was $4,296 per year for 100 users, which equates to $3.58 per user per month. The top tier package may cost more than $5 per user, per month, although there are discounts available on OpenDNS Umbrella pricing for larger organizations with more end users to protect. You will need to pay extra for the Enhanced and Premium support packages with any of the three Cisco OpenDNS packages, and also for access to training resources. The Cisco Umbrella cost mut also be paid upfront as there is no option for monthly billing.

What are the Best OpenDNS Alternatives?

If you compare the cost of Cisco OpenDNS with virtually any OpenDNS alternative, you will quickly discover there are considerable cost savings to be had if you choose a different provider. That does not mean you have to have a product without some of the most important features. For most businesses and MSPs, virtually any alternative to OpenDNS will provide protection from online threats and allow you to control the content that can be accessed by users on and off the network.

Out of all the OpenDNS alternatives, WebTitan Cloud is one of the most powerful, cost effective, and easy to use DNS filtering solutions for businesses and managed service providers. In many respects, WebTitan Cloud is a direct swap for Cisco OpenDNS, as it includes all the key features of Cisco OpenDNS with some important added advantages, but has a starting price of less than $1 per user per month with no add-ons required and no hidden costs.

WebTitan Cloud – An Ideal Cisco OpenDNS Alternative for SMBs, MSPs, and ISPs

Many businesses seek an alternative OpenDNS solution as they have realized there are significant cost savings to be gained by doing so, without having to suffer a reduction in performance. WebTitan Cloud has the added advantage of being easy to use, with users benefitting from industry leading customer support if ever they have a problem. Full SSL inspection is included for all, and the cost is made more affordable by choosing monthly billing.

Managed Service Providers benefit from being able to host the solution locally in a private cloud, whereas OpenDNS only has the Anycast option. WebTitan Cloud can also be supplied as a white label ready to take an MSPs branding, which is not possible with OpenDNS, and MSPs get monthly billing and generous margins.

The easiest way to evaluate WebTitan Cloud is to implement the solution and try it out for yourself in your own environment. The full WebTitan Cloud DNS filtering solution is available on a 14-day free trial, which includes full product support as if you were already a WebTitan customer. During the trial you will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of the solution as an OpenDNS alternative, discover for yourself how easy it is to use, and if you decide it ticks all the right boxes, you simply pay for the license at the end of the trial and continue without any service interruption.