Cisco ASA NGFW Review

It provides detection of zero day infections. The feature sets are great when there are no software bugs.


What is most valuable?

The feature sets are great when there are no software bugs. With FirePOWER, you can enhance security, have effective management, and a good reporting engine.

How has it helped my organization?

It provides detection of zero day infections through FirePOWER AMP.

What needs improvement?

Well tested software releases. We have had a number of bugs on the FirePOWER software across several clients which have been very inconsistent and have affected our ability to deliver.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used the ASA portion for over eight years and the FirePOWER portion for about three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We did have stability issues with the FirePOWER software.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We did not have scalability issues with the high end devices.

How is customer service and technical support?

I give technical support a rating of 5/10.

Which solutions did we use previously?

We are part of the integrator space. When we changed products, it was to displace a product that no longer met the client’s requirements.

How was the initial setup?

The setup was reasonably straightforward.

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

Get a clear understanding of what the licensing entails before committing.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We checked out Check Point and FortiGate.

What other advice do I have?

Plan very well in order to have a seamless project implementation and transition.

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