Cisco ASA Firewall Review

Affordable, scalable, and suitable for a big traffic load

What is our primary use case?

We are using it to manage our environment.

What is most valuable?

The whole firewall functionality, including firewall policies and IPS policies, is valuable. It has all kinds of functionalities. It has IPS, VPN, and other features. They are doing quite a lot of stuff with their devices.

What needs improvement?

It lacks management. For me, it still doesn't have a proper management tool or GUI for configuration, logging, and visualization. Its management is not that easy. It is also not very flexible and easy to configure. They used to have a product called CSM, but it is no longer being developed. FortiGate is better than this solution in terms of GUI, flexibility, and user-friendliness.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for five to ten years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is rather stable. It can have some peculiarities, but most of the time, it is quite stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

These are big devices. They have multiple models, but most of the models can be virtualized. You can create many virtual firewalls and add whatever you want.

How are customer service and technical support?

We faced some issues, but I don't deal with these issues. My colleague interacts with them, and it seems it is not that easy. Cisco is a large company, and sometimes, it is not easy to get quick and very efficient support.

What about the implementation team?

We have a firewall specialist who handles the installation.

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

It is affordable. The hardware is not that expensive anymore. It is a matter of licensing these days. 

What other advice do I have?

It is a good solution for a big traffic load, but its management is not very easy. FortiGate is better in terms of management and user-friendliness.

I would rate Cisco ASA Firewall an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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