Cisco ASA NGFW Review

It can be controlled through different methods but the online regional support needs improving.


What is most valuable?

  • Reliability
  • Security
  • Flexibility
  • Functionality
  • Availability - controllability anywhere and with different methods

How has it helped my organization?

I can tell that when we have started using the Cisco AnyConnect for remote access to business apps it makes the work for remote staff much simpler. It's also easier to provide remote IT support. Aside from this, the security officers can sleep better now.

What needs improvement?

The ASA is an almost perfect device.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for two years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

I have had no problems deploying it.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Occasionally, the packet rate falls unexpectedly.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I currently do not need to scale on my network.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

9/10 - the regional online support could be better.

Technical Support:

10/10.

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

We use MySQL and Nagios devices alongside the ASA as our network infrastructure needs expanding and required more serious hardware solutions.

How was the initial setup?

When Cisco was installed, it did not go as expected.

What was our ROI?

It is not simple to calculate for IT hardware. To calculate the ROI for using the ASA, I would need to have a lot of statistics on the quality of services, both before and after.

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

Cisco ASA 5512-X was bought for $3,000, and a further $1,000 was needed for installation and pre-configuration.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

  • Fortinet
  • Juniper

What other advice do I have?

As a rule, any device upon delivery is obsolete. Pick up the solution for your business, based on your specific needs.

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