Cisco ASA Review
The solution has worked very well for us, but the configuration/management interface is complex.

Valuable Features:

  • Firewall mode
  • AnyConnect gateway
  • Client-less SSL VPN

Improvements to My Organization:

The versatility of the product has allowed us to solve a number of perimeter requirements without having to seek out different products or companies for solutions. It has allowed for a single management mechanism, and by having a single platform solution, it has allowed for simpler training.

Room for Improvement:

The configuration/management interface is complex and can be confusing. Technical documentation is often sparse and can be incomplete when covering specific implementations.

Use of Solution:

I've used Cisco PIX and ASA firewalls since 2003.

Deployment Issues:

Not with the ASAs, with some early version PIX products.

Stability Issues:

Not with the ASAs, with some early version PIX products.

Scalability Issues:

The ASAs offer several different technologies for HA and we have used all of them successfully.

Customer Service:

It's excellent.

Technical Support:

Excellent, we have always been able to get the specific expertise needed to solve our challenges with the products.

Previous Solutions:

Checkpoint Firewalls - the primary reason we switched was cost and limited support options.

Initial Setup:

It's pretty straightforward. I came at these products already having considerable firewall experience.

Implementation Team:

It was all in-house, as we all had 10 years plus experience when we moved to PIX firewalls and then a few years later we brought in the ASAs.

Other Solutions Considered:

  • Watchguard
  • Sonicwall
  • Checkpoint

Other Advice:

The product line offers tremendous capability. Please look into all of the solutions it can provide for you to maximize your investment.

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