Cisco ASA NGFW Review

Very good as a stateful inspection firewall, but weak in all other areas


What is our primary use case?

Firewall only - no advanced services. 

How has it helped my organization?

In the early days, before UTM and NGFW, this product was awesome. Cisco tried to add Firepower, but it requires a different management interface and is still too expensive.

What is most valuable?

  • Strong in NAT and access-lists 
  • Very good as a stateful inspection firewall, but weak in all other areas. 

What needs improvement?

  • Integrated threat management
  • Route-based VPNs: VPNs are weak as this product still does not support route-based VPNs. 
  • Single management interface
  • Better throughput for price point 

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

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

Price point is too high for features and throughput available.

What other advice do I have?

Overall, this is a legacy product. 

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