Cisco ASA Firewall Review

Secure, stable, user-friendly, and the partner support is good


What is our primary use case?

We are using the ASA in our network to create a VPN between six places. We also use it for servers and data synchronization.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that it's secure.

It is really stable and I've never had an occasion that due to this firewall, I have had issues with the network, a breakdown, or otherwise.

This is a user-friendly product. Once you have a specialist who can configure it properly, you'll be pretty protected everything you want is in it.

What needs improvement?

In the future, I would like to be able to use an IP phone over a VPN connection.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Cisco ASA Firewall for at least seven years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have not tried to scale our network. It was established a long time ago and nothing has changed since then.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have been auditing their partners in Bulgaria and I am in contact with them on a regular basis. I have not had any real issues with my equipment but overall, I think that the support is perfect.

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

We were using the ASA 5505 and our network is faster now, so we are now in the process of upgrading our network to the 5506 model. The 5505 is a 100 megabit product, which is very low.

What about the implementation team?

We had a company that set everything up for us. They have Cisco engineers and I'm paying them annually for next-business-day support. They do all of the maintenance for us.

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

They have a lot of different models but most of them are really expensive. This is the main thing because, for us, the price is important.

What other advice do I have?

Overall, I am pretty satisfied with this product and I recommend it.

I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

5505, 5506
**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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