Cisco ASA Firewall Review

Allows us to implement active/backup HA with ASAv (Adaptive Security Virtual Appliance)

What is most valuable?

Starting in version 9.7 you could track a login history for audit purposes and, in 9.8, you are able to do active/backup HA with ASAv (Adaptive Security Virtual Appliance) deployed on MS Azure.

What needs improvement?

There is always room for improvement in virtually anything. However, the relatively new Firepower Threat Defense image (mix of ASA and Sourcefire network security) fills a lot of gaps and features that were missing on ASA. Moreover, with FMC (Firepower Management Console) you can complement it with even more admin and reporting capabilities for the entire platform.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No stability issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No scalability issues.

How is customer service and technical support?


How was the initial setup?

New version comes with initial setup tutorial, with very nice security policies baseline, set up by default.

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

Be sure of what features you are going to utilize to add/remove some from new bundles.

What other advice do I have?

Best value will always be delivered by adding FMC (Firepower Management Console); at least their virtual edition.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Distributor.
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