How has it helped my organization?
I have 15 years’ experience with Cisco products and I've had very, very little problems with them. Also, for resolving appeared issues Cisco was a good partner.
Crescendo (www.crescendo.ro) is an IT&C integrator and this product (based on Cisco Partnership) helped us to grow our business, and Cisco ASA was one of most sold product in our solutions portfolio.
What is most valuable?
Stability, high availability of services, and very high MTBU were the most valuable features for me -- because in my work as network and security consultant, it is very important to guarantee to my customer the security of his business.
What needs improvement?
The ability to integrate (as options) all-in-one features -- like anti-spam, anti-virus, etc.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
With Cisco ASA firewall, no.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
No. Based on their recent acquisition of Firepower, Cisco added "multi 10Gbps" NGFW performance in their solutions portfolio, which can be used by us, as a Gold Partner with Advance Security Architecture Specialization, in our network architecture proposals.
How are customer service and technical support?
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?
I haven' t used another solution.
How was the initial setup?
Initial setup was very straightforward because the training and certification provided by the vendor helped us to solve rapidly any configuration issues.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
To discuss with Cisco Systems or their partners to gain the optimal price and to not consider, without verifying, the false information that Cisco ASA is very expensive.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
We evaluated other solutions, like Fortinet, HPE, Juniper, Check Point, but Cisco ASA was what we need.
What other advice do I have?
To test the product in their network and to evaluate other products. I am sure that the Cisco ASA Firewall will be the winner.
Our complete relationship is based on the following partner competencies:
• Gold Certified Partner
• Advanced Collaboration Architecture Specialization
• Advanced Data Center Architecture Specialization
• Advanced Enterprise Networks Architecture Specialization
• Advanced Security Architecture Specialization
• Storage: EMC
• Virtualization: VMware
• Cloud Management: VMware
• Cloud Professional Services
• SaaS Simple Resale
• Registered Partner
• Cisco Certified Refurbished Equipment
• Cisco Developer Network Cisco Products Marketplace
• Cisco Meeting Server formerly Acano
• PSPP Defense
• Smart Care Registered Partner
• ATP - Unified Contact Center Enterprise
• More than 10 years